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This is not by me

Cornelia Sollfrank

Preview: Fri 13 January 2012, 17:00-19:00

Since Cornelia Sollfrank, the German pioneer of Internet Art, conceived the “net.art generator” (a programme that automatically creates digital collages from artefacts taken from the Net) in 1998, the implications of copyright for artistic practice have become a central concern of her practice-led research. While the overall concept of intellectual property seems like a remote and academic topic at first, it has an increasing impact on artists who work with found or appropriated material from the media. The exhibition This is not by me presents a series of four consecutively created artworks that perform the paradoxes of intellectual property by investigating different aesthetic, theoretical and legal aspects of Internet-based artistic appropriation and reworking, all using the iconic Warhol Flowers as an exemplary case.

The exhibition marks the completion of PhD research at DJCAD titled Performing the Paradoxes of Intellectual Property by the well-respected German artist Cornelia Sollfrank.

Since the mid 90s, Cornelia Sollfrank - a hacker, cyberfeminist, conceptual and net.artist - has been investigating world-wide communication networks and transferring subversive artistic strategies of the classical avant-gardes into the digital medium. Her specialist interest lies in experimenting with new models of authorship, in continuing various kinds of artistic appropriation and in deconstructing myths around geniality and originality.