All Creative Work Is Derivative

14 comments to All Creative Work Is Derivative

  • Good work (and good point!)
    I’ve been reading up in mythology from Europe, Asia and the middle east. It’s remarkable how the stories, while wonderful in themselves, seem to have borrowed details from each other (or an earlier source):
    The hero dies from getting shot in the heel. There’s a big flood and someone loads up a boat with animals. The hero is spirited away when he’s little (or exiled when he’s older). The troublemaker gets the gods mad and he’s chained to a rock and tortured etc…

  • rax

    very cool.
    All creative work is indeed derivative, and some of the best creative work, is transformative.

  • Boris Volkov

    This is wonderful!

  • Edward

    Wow, great piece, Nina (even if it is totally derivative)!

  • Gorgeous. Magnificent. Startling. Mesmerizing.

    And what is the beautiful statue that first appears 44s into the vid, and then dances across at 1:08???

    Will someone please please please enlighten me!?!?!

    Apuleius

  • Cicee

    Beautiful work as usual. I was wondering if maybe you want to weigh in on this discussion? I think I know what you will say but I will leave it for you to comment without me putting words in your mouth:

    http://hidenseek.typepad.com/come_out_come_out/2010/02/cannot-chase-paperchase.html

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2010/feb/11/paperchase-design-hidden-eloise

    http://youthoughtwewouldntnotice.com/blog3/

  • Ed D.

    That video made me happy.

  • Linus Hollis, ScD

    Wonderful, if a little fast. Not many Native American images apart from Mesoamerica, and I especially wanted to see the Rapa Nui sculptures conflated with other cultures. Part Two? You did make your point, but artists need protection. Fair use can be improved, too, to make art more effective in its impact on the public.

  • All that jazz

    “You did make your point, but artists need protection.”

    No they don’t. Artists did just fine before copyright, and one look on the net shows many artists who choose licenses with terms similar to that of true public domain.(creative commons attribution share-alike and other such copyleft terms)

  • all that jazz

    “You did make your point, but artists need protection.

    No they don’t. artists got along just fine before copyright, and they’ll do fine after copyright is gone.

  • Is there a name for this particular technique. Is it stop-motion? It seems to me that it is something else entirely. I do something similar with plants and I really loved what you did with that heart imagery in Sita. Examples of my work can be seen here: silverfishcloset.com

    have you searched out where this technique might be derived from originally. I feel like the idea of animation can lead to it naturally, but I’m sure I probably saw something like it before I started creating my own work.

  • Nope, it’s not stop-motion. I don’t know if it has a name, but whatever it is, I see it in your work too.

  • Fantastic! From Nina’s work I’m beginning to think IP attorneys are profiting and holding back evolution. I agree with Ray Kurzweil that biological evolution and technological evolution are one in the same. I may be adding to his theories, but I think we are evolving to become more networked together and act collectively as “one” at exponential speed. The copyright laws as related to our technology now can be likened to the time when we first learned how to swim but are nervous about letting go of the edge of the pool.

    When we let go and allow free sharing, information building on information, (my definition of evolution) will expand at a much faster pace. Some time after this happens we have a greater chance to become much more unified as a civilization. To take this analogy even further, in Stanley Kubrick’s film “2001: A Space Odyssey” the symbol of a black monolith representing a completely unified advanced civilization might eventually become a reality for us.

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