“Men, Machines and the World About” Norbert Wiener, 1950 + “On the Rights of Molotov Man” Joy Garnett & Susan Meiselas.

[Week 4] In “Men, Machines and the World About”, Norbert Wiener coin several vocabulary terms that are today part of the our common technical language. By describing what is a computer input and output, Wiener lets us better think about machines in terms of processes. By looking at machines this way, there’s also less differentiations between humans and machines.

“On the Rights of Molotov Man” reading raises interesting questions about images rights. For a series of paintings, Joy Garnett replicated carefully a relatively famous Sandinista rebel photos that she found on the internet. She haven’t credited the original photographer (Susan Meiselas) and the copy process wasn’t  part of her discourse, only a strong inspiration. While I’m not against protecting the rights of images creator for their work, I feel too much legislation makes it hard for creator to built on top of their cultures. Even for photographers, who usually own all the rights on their photographs, it’s becoming more and more difficult to present image of others, and even some buildings and brands. While it might be seen as an step forward for the privacy of image for individuals, we should keep in mind that art and amateur based photography account for a very small portion of cameras looking at us. Security cameras are everywhere and our personal photos become aggregated in social network available to hundreds of our contacts. In my opinion, this alone represent a much bigger privacy violation that any tourist, amateur or artist using my image.

While it’s becoming harder and harder, Photographers can still base their photos images on the images of other’s work(person, objects, buildings, etc) without too much hassle. I find it unfortunate that a painter can’t take inspiration on photography. While Joy Garnett work isn’t bringing much to the world in my opinion, it’s easy to find very similar case where the use of photography has been a really important step in the complete artistic process. For instance Shepard Fairey (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shepard_Fairey) based his internationally famous Obama hope poster(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama_%22Hope%22_poster) on a photograph took by a former AP freelance photographer named Mannie Garcia.

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