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Cosponsored Event: The Art of Appropriation

When Mar 18, 2014
from 10:00 AM to 04:30 PM
Where Andrews Room, SSH 2203
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DHI Studies in Performance and Practice Research Cluster Presents: The Art of Appropriation


The appropriation and the integration of copied images and ideas into our way of life, by buying or stealing commodities, acquiring knowledge, the claiming and naming of places on the map has a long tradition. But appropriated objects and spaces have raised questions about the relationship of ownership, property rights and cultural heritage.  Similarly, appropriation has been a key feature in modernist and postmodernist art and cultural practices, the global enforcement of copyright law have made such appropriations more and more difficult. Criticism and parody used to be a safe way of appropriating material, however, with the recent indictment of whistleblowers, such forms of criticism (along with freedom of the press) seem to be in peril. The extension of copyright, has made it more difficult to understand just what belongs to the public, or even what constitutes the commons. The Art of Appropriation seeks to bring together legal scholars, with visual media scholars, and practioners to discuss the relevance of appropriation to public culture and the arts.


Talks by:

Martine Beugnet,  “Critical Remix” (Visual Studies, Paris-Diderot 7)

Mario Biagioli, “Against Pastures: The Commons as Movement from  Justinian to Stallman” (Law and Science and Technology Studies, UC Davis)

Tarek Elhaik, “Curation & Repetition” (Media and Culture, San Francisco State University)

Tatiana Flessas, “Ends of the Museum” (Law, London School of Economics  and Politics)

Madahvi Sunder, "Theories of Fair Use" (Law, UC Davis)

John Zibell, "Scoring Beckett: Emergence Exhaustion and Event" (Performance Studies, UC Davis)

For a list of abstracts, click HERE.

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