Appropriation and Remix Culture in our Technological Times

It is kind of depressing to read that something might never be original. It is not that originality is automatically successful, but that once you achieve a work of art, another person will then compare you to someone who has done something similar. My idea of creating art is not for all to be original, but to be good. I feel that accepting and embracing appropriation can bring artist together and develop new ways of thinking. Martin Arnold uses footage from movies to loop and sample to create work that he calls his own. In Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy, Arnold cuts back and forward between actions to find explicit and non-trajectory messages. The original films he uses are not intended to be expressed and seen in a way that depicts the characters vulgarly. Thus creating a work of art using existing sources and tweaking them to call them his own. This article reminded me of Marc Fischer’s article titled ‘Against Competition’. We should be encouraged to work with others who are currently doing work that we are, therefore embracing originality as another work done by others but in a different way. Chairs were first made with wood and nails, and from there, the idea was developed and improved by copying the techniques and improving them over time. If the second maker of chairs felt obligated not to make chairs with nails, he would have never been able to improve the idea over the existing one.