November 13 - December 6 | New York
January 25 - February 25 | Chicago
The laws governing "intellectual property" have grown so expansive in
recent years that artists need legal experts to sort them all out.
Borrowing from another artwork--as jazz musicians did in the 1930s
and Looney Tunes illustrators did in 1940s--will now land you in
court. If the current copyright laws had been in effect back in the
day, whole genres such as collage, hiphop, and Pop Art might have
never have existed.
The irony here couldn't be more stark. Rooted in the U.S. Constitution, copyright was originally intended to facilitate the exchange of ideas but is now being used to stifle it.
The Illegal Art Exhibit will celebrate what is rapidly becoming the
"degenerate art" of a corporate age: art and ideas on the legal
fringes of intellectual property. Some of the pieces in the show have eluded lawyers; others have had to appear in court.
Loaded with gray areas, intellectual property law inevitably has a silencing effect,
discouraging the creation of new works.
Should artists be allowed to use copyrighted materials?
Where do the First Amendment and "intellectual property" law collide?
What is art's future if the current laws are allowed to stand?
Stay Free! considers these questions and others in our multimedia program.
VISUAL ARTS EXHIBIT
November 13 - December 6, 2002
CBGB's 313 Gallery (313 Bowery)
Featuring murdered Disney characters, the Colonel Sanders mandala, a Texaco-laced doily, and more.
FILM & VIDEO FEST
November 14-18, 2002
Anthology Film Archives
George W. Bush meets the Teletubbies, Barbie tries a new job, Pikachu (of Pokemon fame) makes a friend, and more. Watch digitized versions of the films and videos.
NYU PANEL DISCUSSION
November 15, 3 p.m.
Featuring Mark Hosler of Negativland, Howard Besser (New York University), Steven Feldman, and Meg McLagan (moderator).
A CD compilation featuring Public Enemy, Negativland, John Oswald, the KLF and
other plundered "hits" will be given away free at the above events. Tracks will also be available online by October.
For in-depth information about copyright law and its impact on free
expression, please see Copyright Articles, Illegal Art Links, and the forthcoming
"copyright" issue of Stay Free! magazine.