I am quite drunk.
If there ever was tragically visceral evidence of how remix culture fuels creativity and copyright hinders it, it is this: Despite – or perhaps because of – millions of views in less than a week, The David Foster Wallace Literary Trust has filed a copyright claim against the wildly popular YouTube version of the wonderful short film adaptation of Wallace’s timeless 2005 commencement address, This Is Water. (Luckily, you can still watch the film on Vimeo – but that’s beside the point.)
Here is an example of a project made out of love, the existence of which harms the estate in no way, financial or otherwise, but serves the public good by way of cultural preservation and celebration of Wallace’s spirit and legacy, extending his message and allowing it to touch more lives. That the estate finds any of this harmful is gobsmacking, at once an aberration of the law and a complete failure of cultural duty.
Post-mastectomy tattoos by Tina Bafaro. Photos by Bafaro.
THAT IS AWESOME
Surreal Street Art Explodes Inside a London Room during the Dulwich Festival
Just wrapped up in London was the Dulwich Festival, an event that brought together the biggest names in street art to create huge murals inspired by classic works found in England’s oldest art gallery, the Dulwich Picture Gallery. Old Masters like Rembrandt van Rijn, Nicholas Poussin and Giovanni Battista Tiepolo were given a special homage as the current leaders in street art remixed their esteemed predecessors’ works. For nine days, visitors flocked to south London to see how contemporary street art and classical art could combine to create something groundbreaking.
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