i think the point i am trying to make, is about society rather than just about art and artist's possessiveness
people are becoming increasingly private
whilst i favour individualism and independance i believe that consumer exploitation of the market of individuals.. in which every individual owns their own copy and no one shares... is a poor use of precious resources....
i find the consumerist ideal of turning everything into a product obscene.. and purely short-termist
we, as a global society would do better to address the needs of individuals rather than marketing endless whims to them
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"I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world's still there. Do I believe the world's still there? Is it still out there? ...Yeah. We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I'm no different... Now... where was I?" - Leonard Shelby, "Memento"
I think it's that if you don't set some sort of standard, the thievery cascades, as thieves become inured to wrong action. Lifting a candybar, a postcard, a tune...do enough of that and the electricity carves a path in your brain and then you're stealing others' dignity and self-respect. Having thought about this some more, I think I have shifted to what I will call, for lack of a better term, the We Are The Art school of thought. Meaning that I think our very lives can be and should be artfully lived. Looking at it this way, when you steal from me, you mess with my integrity and commit an act of violence by taking something that I probably would have given freely. So you mess with my intent.
I think the discussion becomes more complex as one considers the infinite layers of viewpoints. I brought up the music question because we have been lucky enough to establish a sort of bunker-like insulation around my daughter Emma. Early on, when she was only 15, one of her (now retired) songs was going to be remixed (with beats--remember when that was all the rage?) by a rather well known old-school rapper. He could have taken the music...he being big and she being little...but he asked first.
And she decided no. And it was all cool.
We're not all theives, not by a long shot.
And I have a working philosophy concerning the difference between one who is and one who isn't, but that's a whole 'nother subject entirely!
Enjoy your weekend...we are doing faily cornstalking, pumpkin picking, and art-fairing today, primed to consume cider and doughnets in generous quantities!
wow lucky you... that sounds like an active, fun and rewarding day
no we are not all thieves... it is a choice we make
but then it depends on how you view ownership if someone were to view all property as theft... someone once said to me... you can't own food... if i believe that all property is theft... then if i take an apple from a tree in some eyes, it is stealing.. but maybe to me it is and apple... a fruit of the earth
perhaps in such cases it is more an act of animalism how we declare ownership but the law replaces the aggressive fight for dominance...
do scavengers steal from the lions?
In the UK we seem to have quite a lot of gold, silver and diamonds... i don't think they occur here... i guess we traded it... or was it finders keepers people seem to think that they own the apples in their back gardens... and many would rather have them rot on the ground than for someone to take them
Anyway... yes, i am a musician... i have been teaching guitar and bass this morning have some songs to go over for a gig this evening... i have never played with this band before, so won't be out to steal the limelight, or anyone's thunder... but i am not driving so
again the sharing idea. i am with you on this, but i am wondering ... why do you think the possessiveness of artists on their own work is more to blame than the non integrity of the "thieves".
just out of curiosity . i read all your answers on the "private" deviation and i understand that you'd be tired of repeating the same thing again and again . i am just curious why i don't get you. well i understand, but i don't see.
i have been asked several times for prints on DA, by friends usually, i sent them the original photo by mail, naturally . i agree that art is to be shared. someone asked my permission to use one of my photos as an album cover .i said yes too..