The Originality Engine (2005)

The Originality Engine was created and completed for a New Media III class at Emerson College in the Spring semester of 2005. Its purpose is to question the definition of originality and, more specifically, to define whether or not originality really exists anymore. New technology allows us to expand our borders and pull information from a variety of sources previously inaccessible to the common artist and student. Digital artists, in particular, struggle with the concepts of originality, intellectual property, and the notion of a free culture. How is ownership determined? Can alteration be original? The Originality Engine explores these issues by comparing a more traditional art form, writing, to modern day digital art forms, the purpose being to expose the inequality in copyright laws between various forms of media. If record companies can sue an artist for using three notes in a composition, why can't a publishing company sue a ...

Full Description

The Originality Engine was created and completed for a New Media III class at Emerson College in the Spring semester of 2005. Its purpose is to question the definition of originality and, more specifically, to define whether or not originality really exists anymore. New technology allows us to expand our borders and pull information from a variety of sources previously inaccessible to the common artist and student. Digital artists, in particular, struggle with the concepts of originality, intellectual property, and the notion of a free culture. How is ownership determined? Can alteration be original? The Originality Engine explores these issues by comparing a more traditional art form, writing, to modern day digital art forms, the purpose being to expose the inequality in copyright laws between various forms of media. If record companies can sue an artist for using three notes in a composition, why can't a publishing company sue a writer for using three words in a piece of writing?

Work metadata

Want to see more?
Take full advantage of the ArtBase by Becoming a Member
Related works

Comments

This artwork has no comments. You should add one!
Leave a Comment