Uncreative Design

Questions Week 9:The Ecstasy of Influence

1. If some of today’s most ambitious art is going about trying to make the familiar strange, then what will happen to the art landscape if everything familiar becomes strange? Will it create a cyclical cycle?

2. “A commons belongs to everyone and no one, and its use is controlled only by common consent”, what will happen to the value of our work(s) if everything is accepted as a derivation of something else? Since the value of designers/directors/authors seems to be based in originality of concepts, does the value of our profession go down?

3. “We have to remain constantly vigilant to prevent raids by those who would selfishly exploit our common heritage for their private gain.” It’s easier to recompile words and not be noticeable as opposed to a visual medium, what is the fine line for appropriation here?