Thursday, March 30, 2017
 


On Law, M&M’s, and the Panopticon: The Work of Donny Johnson

Ruben Verdu’s project raises timely issues not only of incarceration, confinement and the state apparatus, but also of sovereignty and expression.

An apt and current example of the functions of such state power is the recent case of Donny Johnson, a 46 year-old prisoner in California’s maximum security prison Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Trade Secrets & Studio Visits: Contract Forms

The proliferation of contemporary art and the mass number of artists being produced have entertained a moment where artists and art students are engaging in multiple and numerous visits and interviews with curators, writers, and other artists and art students. These “visits” are, and have been called, studio visits.

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Koons Wins Appeal and Right to Use Copyrighted Material

The Second Circuit court of appeals, which hears appellate cases for the state of New York, recently found that Jeff Koons’ use of a fashion photographer’s photo was protected by fair use.

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New Media, Internet, and Control of War Propaganda

The BBC reported on October 31st that the US defense department, dissatisfied with its lack of control of new media and its use in disseminating news and propaganda regarding the Iraq war, has set up a new unit to better promote and monitor messages across 24-hour rolling news outlets, particularly on the internet.

With the advent of U Tube and the potential for the layperson to become a video or film journalist, it was only a matter of time before the Pentagon realized what Paul Virilio foresaw: that there isn’t a damn thing that isn’t eventually used for war. Al Queda realized this, and many other wise uses to the internet and possible technological feats, quite a long time ago.

Problems arising are: who (corporations vs. individuals) will control U Tube technology and its uses, and how this will divide along ideological and party lines on a national (U.S) and global scale.

 

Home Is Where the Internet Connection Is: Law, Spam, and the Protection of Personal Space, by Andrea Slane

In this article, Andrea Slane examines how images of home internet access have informed two prominent strands in the development of anti-spam law, namely property-based and autonomy rights-based approaches. Through a comparison of legislative and common law attempts to legally articulate and address the wrongs inflicted by unsolicited bulk email in both the United States and Canada, her article traces slow and halting progress away from an exclusively property-based approach to one which considers part of the wrong to be the invasion of the personal autonomy rights of spam recipients.

The internet-connected home thereby becomes a visual stand-in for the less materially bound personal space within which an individual can exert a right not to receive unwanted messages. Solutions able to address this right directly are therefore most capable of getting at the underlying popular complaint against spam, while validating a larger cultural trend toward more portable notions of privacy.

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Avant-Garde, Kitsch and Law, by Anthony Chase

Fifty years ago, in the Fall 1939 issue of Partisan Review, Clement Greenberg published an essay titled, Avant-Garde and Kitsch. (1) Described by his editors at the time as “a young writer who works in the

New York customs house,”(2) Greenberg would become, along with

Meyer Schapiro, Harold Rosenberg, and very few others, universally

recognized as one of America’s most significant art critics. His Avant-

Garde and Kitsch soon became the most influential critical essay ever

written within the confines of American art and its culture.(3) In his effort to confront the dynamics of cutting-edge artistic production,

Greenberg relied upon and effectively deployed three distinct concepts

or categories. The first of these was the notion of an avant-garde — a

cadre engaged in antithetical cultural activity. “It is among the hopeful

signs,” Greenberg stated, “in the midst of the decay of our present so-

ciety that we — some of us — have been unwilling to accept this last

phase for our own culture,”(4) this last phase being equivalent to a “motionless Alexandrianism, an academicism in which the really important

issues are left untouched because they involve controversy . . .”(5)

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