Master Lecture 1/3 by Céline Manz 'What do you know about art, you're not a lawyer'

Wednesday 1 March 2017, 19:30-21:30 hrs.
Film Academy cinema

When entering “appropriation art copyright infringement” into a google search engine, the results show a surprisingly high amount of prominent artists who lost copyright law cases. Even more surprising is the reason they lost: the lack of “originality” in their works. 

One of the problems artists face in copyright infringement cases is that a work of art has to be “original”, whereas postmodern artists take, recycle, sample or adopt already existing material in order to look at a subject from a new perspective. 

The word “copy” means very different things to different people. For a lawyer, it describes a felony. For an artist, it is a matter of tradition, a procedure that goes back to the beginnings of art history itself. Based on Manz’s own body of work „The Precedent Cases“, which is an examination of different forms of appropriation in art and their possible legal consequences, she will give an overview on the most frequent issues contemporary artists face when working with appropriation. To further illustrate the issue, Manz used the occasion of the lecture at the Filmacademie to ask the copyright owner of a work she recently infringed for their feedback, inviting them to send suggestions on how to make the work „legal“. The evening will end with an open discussion on how the current copyright legislation could be adapted in favor of the artist.