I took two pictures at a design lecture tonight. I stopped, realizing that the act of adding to a rapidly expanding iPhoto library is a fantastic way to objectify life instead of actually living. I’ll gladly make images for a living, but I don’t have to live for them.
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Art, as we all know, is “something everyone can do”; “we are all creative,” we’re told, and apparently the more middle-aged and career-damaged we are, the better. What everybody cannot do, however, is brilliantly express a singular vision of reality.
My first visit to the Prelinger Library on Wednesday led me to back issues of Hermenaut, an defunct culture rag from the early 2000s. From issue #15:
The Olive Garden, for instance, which is one of these places where you’re “treated like family” and the portions are too enormous to be believed, is not the answer to Italian-restaurant kitsch. It’s worse: It replaces the (cheap, degraded) emotion of the ersatz facsimile with the cold calculation of the simulacrum, the replica which has replaced that which it was only supposed to replicate.
The fake, as Baudrillard has said for years, is charming; the simulacrum is not.
Yes x1000, and I would add another reason, beyond it just being the moral (and legal) thing to do for the artist you admire: do it for future knowledge. Do it for future curious creative people like yourself. Tools like Google Image and TinEye would be so much more effective if everyone who published an image would post the credits with it, so that it could be properly indexed. Not some vague emotional poem-line about how the image makes you feel, the actual artist’s name and their title for the piece. In the art (and adult) world, provenance is key, so do your part and preserve the chain of custody, the praise for the things you love, or even the shame for the things you hate.
This counts for everyone, but triply so if you’re a young artist/designer yourself.
If you’re posting someone else’s work, credit them. Don’t deliberately remove the name of the artist. That’s just wrong. If your reasoning is that it’s own personal scrapbook — then keep it personal, not public. If it’s public, the least you can do is credit the artist and link back to their site, or at least their Wikipedia entry.
When I see something I like not credited — I try to track down the source, if for no other reason than to find more art by the same person. Consider this a small payback to the artist whose art you liked enough to post on your Tumblr. Use Tineye to track down original visual art — it’s easy to use, and takes no more than 10 seconds to do a search.
And that was your PSA for today. In the next episode: public shaming.
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“I mean, seriously, it’s obviously over…even if you take back the late night ratings from David Letterman…it won’t REALLY matter. I mean, honestly, television ratings? Those are the new fossil record.”—Above all else, reminding us that nothing matters the way it used to. [via VideoGum]