By bblfish on Sep 15, 2006
Art and thought always builds on the past art and thought, since intellectual and creative work is a discussion. The Read Write society of blogs, wikis, mashups is about making it easy/allowing people to participate in the intellectual and cultural life of the planet. Since doing this is always in part an appropriation of the past, of the words of the other, in order to transform it or adapt it for ones own life the Appropriation Art a Canadian group has built its position on this fundamental insight of what makes meaning.
The talk on Art and Copyright yesterday, made this point very well. Various other talks here showing how developing countries such as Brazil, Nigeria (which produces more films than both Hollywood or India), where a culture of intellectual property ownership is not developed and a lot of sharing just happens spontaneously and legally, are showing us the way in this respect.