summaery2018: Projects

Appropriation within Digital Worlds

Project information

submitted by

Jörg Brinkmann



Jörg Brinkmann

Faculty / Section:
Art and Design

Degree programme:
Media Art and Design - Study programme Media Art and Design (MAD) (english) (Master of Science (M.Sc.))

Type of project presentation



Summer semester 2018

Exhibition Location / Event Location
  • Marienstraße 7b
    (Raum 204)

Project description online

The exhibition will show individual artistic approaches to the topic of the class – Appropriation within Digital Worlds – made by students in summer semester 2018

Appropriation in art is the use of pre-existing objects or images with little or no transformation applied to them. The use of appropriation has played a significant role in the history of the arts (literary, visual, musical and performing arts). In the visual arts, to appropriate means to properly adopt, borrow, recycle or sample aspects of human-made visual culture. A notable example are the Readymades of Marcel Duchamp.

But when is appropriation a homage, when is it art and when is it just plain plagiarism? And what are the effects of technology on this ongoing appropriation? Now that boundaries of authenticity and originality are even more blurred, artists (indeed anyone) can recycle and re-upload images, text and audio material more quickly and easily than ever before. Sampling, remixing and mashups proliferate online, and allow people to even adopt a social media profile that appropriates or parodies a well known persona

Exhibition Location / Event Location