ETCC Exhibition - Sydney
etcc is a series of exhibitions that are remixed and remixable – legally. In 2011 etcc will host three consecutive exhibitions in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne featuring a body of new works that explore the realities of copyright in the visual arts. By hanging the polarized copyright debate on the gallery wall the works challenge piracy, appropriation, inspiration, legal licensing and the freedom to create. Each artist will take Creative Commons licensed images, create a new work based on those images, and in turn license their image for others to remix – legally. Through this process, the project utilizes emerging copyright practices to demonstrate new models of distribution, collaboration and commerce. Appropriation. Rip offs. Sharing. Remix. Collaboration. Piracy. Due credit. The environment that artists operate in now is both liberating and litigious. The copyright debate is drab and polarised, and of little relevance to many artists’ creative practice. However, this does not mean that it does not exist, for better or for worse, in the creative world. The creative community is changing. Technology is changing. The ways artists can control their respective rights are changing too. A culture is emerging to allow artists to shift, integrate and remix each others’ work; resulting in the formation of something fresh and unrestrained from the chains of traditional legal regulations. Many musicians, filmmakers and digital artists have embraced this concept however remix is far from an established visual arts practice.
etcc invites artists to look at ways to legally reuse work and encourages the creative community to better understand both their inherent rights and potential alternatives to the blanket of “all rights reserved” copyright law. The audience is also asked to appreciate the artistic process where one creation is transformed into something entirely new whether obviously or conceptually; all playing with the notion that most works are derivative in nature. The etcc exhibition will showcase a broad range of works from a varied selection of artists including Beastman, Numskull, Phibs, Ben Frost, MiniGraff, Benjamin Reeve, Rena Littleson, Maricor Maricar, and many more to be announced.