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ARTIST’S PLAYGROUND - (or Plagiarism?) Aspects of copying in contemporary culture ARTIST’S PLAYGRO

Aspects of copying in contemporary culture

A one-day conference organised by The Association of Illustrators
On Tuesday, 31 January 2006, 10.30am – 6.00pm
Lecture Theatre One, Royal College of Art, London

Copying can be essential for an artist’s practice and many artists developed their individual style by looking at, translating and sampling other people’s work. Ready Mades and Appropriation Art have gone further and thus questioned the notion of originality and authorship. While creators still try to protect their intellectual copyright the Internet has enabled users to download and use other people’s material freely for their own creative activity. In what will be a fascinating conference, the Association of Illustrators has brought together experts in their disciplines to discuss the history and contemporary culture of copying and the many aspects that influence their subjects’ conflicting interests.

• Robert Lands (Lawyer, specialising in intellectual property law, Finers Stephens Innocent) – “There's no such thing as Plagiarism”
• Prof. Dr. Ursula Link-Heer (Professor of French and Comparative Literature, Bergische Universitaet Wuppertal, Germany) – A short history of the terms 'style' and 'maniera' – and a look at parody, pastiche, and/or plagiarism
• Karsten Schubert (Curator, Art Dealer and Co-Editor, with Daniel McClean, of ‘Dear Images: Art, Copyright and Culture’) – Raphael’s Shadow: on Copying and Creativity
• Patricia Bickers (Editor, Art Monthly) – When is a Warhol not a Warhol? When is it a Sherrie Levine?
• Simon Stern (Illustrator and author of ‘Rights – The Illustrators Guide to Professional Practice’) - the commercial artist’s perspective
• Simon Tickner (Head of Interaction Design, BBC New Media & Technology) - The provider’s perspective

The talks are followed by a panel discussion with all speakers chaired by Daniel McClean (Writer, Curator and Lecturer)


Robert Lands | talks | www
Prof. Dr. Ursula Link-Heer Link-Heer | talks
Mr Karsten Schubert | talks
Ms Patricia Bickers | talks
Mr Simon Stern | talks
Mr Simon Tickner | talks
Mr Daniel McClean | talks


Date and Time:

31 January 2006 at 10:30 am


Full Day



The Association of Illustrators
2nd Floor - Back Building
150 Curtain Road
020 7613 4328

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£25 AOI members, £35 non-members, £20 students, 10% discount on group bookings of 6 or more.

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