In Praise of the Budding Art of Plagiarism
I think this whole idea owning your work seems silly to me. I feel you should flip everything.
Raghava KK, named by CNN as one of the 10 most remarkable people of 2010, is a multidisciplinary artist and storyteller whose work is shown in galleries and museums around the world.
Having quit formal education at the age of 18 to start his career as a newspaper cartoonist, Raghava is today considered one of India's most successful young artists. Raghava also applies his artistic practice beyond the gallery space. He is actively involved in a radical education initiative, NuVu Studios, an offshoot of Harvard and MIT, to redefine creativity in education.
In 2011, Raghava's iPad book "Pop-it" shook up the concept of the ideal family and won a Kirkus Book Award for Best of 2011. His current work attempts to combine art and technology to bring multiple perspectives into the deployment of knowledge. He recently demoed his brainwave art at TED2013 in Long Beach.
Raghava is a four-time TED speaker, and he has lectured at several universities and art institutions, including NYU, Carnegie Mellon, the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, etc. He serves on the NuVu advisory and has also advised the INK Conference, Singularity University, Innoz, Startup Village, Nytric, and Banto.
Raghava often collaborates with other artists, including Erykah Badu, Paul Simon, and Yann Vasnier, a FIFA Award winning perfumer. He lives and works in New York and Bangalore, India. He is currently working on his next show to open up his artwork to invite participation and redefine the role of the spectator.
When I look at all the videos on YouTube that are remixed I think, “Wow, these are really creative guys.” You understand the visual vocabulary first by playing with images. Then you create your own image. That’s how most of us learn as artists. We’ve always copied. We’ve always learned by sharing.
I think this whole idea owning your work seems silly to me. I feel you should flip everything. So one of my apps that I’ve created – it’s not finished – it’s called Swipe. So you basically swipe other people’s art and you mash it up. And the more someone plagiarizes your work, the more points you get as an artist. It’s like GitHub. Why do technologists share with each other and artists don’t? Artists are fighting over copyrights and they’re worried about putting their stuff on Pinterest. I don’t understand that. I feel like we all learn because of this shared vocabulary.
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