…or Sourcing Creativity:
Cultural Production in Public & Private Spheres
This semester we’ve had multiple discussions about the postmodern practice of appropriation. Artists from Warhol to Banksy have utilized this process. Sherrie Levine, Richard Prince and Barbara Kruger were instrumental to the formation of postmodernism as applied to photography. These artists in particular often provoke strong negative reactions at the outset. This is understandable. And, while each has their own purpose for doing what they do, it does reflect on the medium of photography itself. The camera can be conceived of as a dumb recording device, recording a likeness of whatever is in front of it. It doesn’t matter if it is a breathtaking landscape, a dapper celebrity… or someone else’s image.
A similar argument can be made for audio recording. John Cage posited that four and a half minutes of someone not playing a piano, and rubbing…
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