Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The Copy and Paste Show

The Copy and Paste Show is a project by Seth Price, Ida Ekblad & Anders Nordby, and 808. This show was curated by Hanne Mugaas and is part of Time Shares, a series of online exhibitions co-presented by Rhizome and the New Museum of Contemporary Art. It has benn online since September 27, 2006.

The Copy and Paste Show explores the evolution of copy-and-paste culture, through which the copying of digital material has become a major technique in the construction of online identity and style. As with any visual style, web aesthetics often rely on the appropriation of non-original media. In design, people often copy html codes from other websites in order to sample existing material. In constructing online profiles or personal websites, participants often call upon found images, video or graphics. In this context, software and tools gains importance, as they enable new kinds of sharing and distribution amongst cultural producers, and amateurs become empowered to create and distribute sophisticated and layered work. The artists in The Copy and Paste Show explore how technical and digital tools alter web aesthetics, music production, and online and offline relations through the use of copy and paste techniques.

Fittingly, I simply copied and pasted most of this information!

1 comment:

Arlynda said...

Well written article.