Visual arts is my subject. I am currently researching on the extent in which modern contemporary artists have exploited the term ‘appropriation’ to the point where it becomes illegal works of plagiarism which can result in multiples of lawsuits. As an example of an artist I have once encountered is Dani King Heriyanto who was accused of copying from a Korean artist. Although that issue remains minuscule, he is only one from the many artists. Jeff Koons for example who recently lost the lawsuit is another example. However, there are some artists who openly talks about their plagiarism like Elain Sturtevant who makes a living off of making replicas from famous artists. In addition, Richard Prince who also makes million, simply prints people’s instagram posts and frames it in his exhibition. His controversial works have been sued millions of USD.
Moreover, I am also investigating the Chinese Art Reproduction factory in Dafen. I emailed but they never replied. However, I found a website of an American man who did interview one of the artists who work there and his questions are similar to what I would’ve asked, therefore I am going to use it in my essay. In addition, I have found that my parents have also bought replicas of famous paintings somewhere in my house, from Indonesia and for now, I am going to find out and interview an Indonesian reproduction artist.
Furthermore I am going to explore the laws behind the works of plagiarised art. Is the copyright forever? Is it valid worldwide? I am going to research using googlescholars the validity of these laws towards reproduction factories and also the risks these artists face. Lastly, I am going to find out the meaning of ‘appropriation’ and why some artists do it. What extent does appropriation stretch before it is too far?
The question I have decided upon is:
To what extent is Jeff koon’s appropriation art properly legal?
With the theme of appropriation and Plagiarism.
Albeit preparing for weeks, I felt my heart beat faster and faster as I stood there in front of the board. Last week was our TOK presentation day, in which we were made to present our TOK presentation.
“Does knowledge rely on language?”
My partner was Kyle D’Souza and we took weeks of preparation for this day and honestly, I feel as if I am satisfied with our score of 9/10 as my previous score was 4/10 for my mock.
Our RLS was based on religious and indigenous knowledge system which, we thought was relatable to at least one of us. The first is the cautionary tale of the Australian Aboriginal dream story of the Rainbow Serpent, while our second was on the Genesis from the Bible. We questioned the audience: Do we really need language to gain knowledge? Or to an extent even think using language? And our argument was countered by the fact that out of Language’s definition of spoken and written, you can gain knowledge using personal experience such as getting burned and learning that fire is hot, and also sign language, which, although is coined to be a language, we thought was more of a universally accepted signs and gestures.
In addition, we also included the case of the girl with no name; Marina Chapman. Born in a rural village, she was released into the deep jungles where she was raised by capuchin monkeys, teaching her through visual and physical gestures. Now living a normal life, her case proves that you can gain knowledge through the means to other sources and not just language.
WHAT WENT WELL?
Our presentation went on smoothly as we have repeatedly practised and memorised our speech and it was delivered on nicely. Everything was counted. Every minute we look at the clock; tick tock, we precisely calculated how long it takes for each pat. Nevertheless, we also improvised things and tried to keep everything packed in time and that went on successfully.
WHAT COULD BE BETTER?
I stuttered a few times even though my partner delivered the speech very smoothly. We also thought that we should’ve spoken more focused on the RLS and arguments and not drift away to other things to conserve our short 20 minutes we were given.
I started to Gym, ever since I was feeling sick every time I wake up. Diagnosed with GERD and constant fear from genetically passed on diseases, I have decided to sign up for a gym and work on my stamina. So far, I have started to work on being healthier and now able to run for a lengthy amount of time without collapsing for air, or struggling for an inhaler for my asthma.
The GINDO conference is a conference where many international schools in Jakarta as well as some outside, to gather and discuss issues of global significance. We were divided into groups where we were made to help some of the SPH students for their CAS project. My group, BSJ students helped to create a painting which is to be put up in a library SPH students built for children who are underprivileged. I have completed LO:5 for working together, LO:1 for identifying strengths, LO:6 for engaging with global issues and LO:7 for recognising ethical issues around the world.
I Joined the ECO country fair and helped with the face painting shift using my skills from art. By doing so, I have done LO:1 which is identifying my strengths and for identifying areas of growth, which is to engage with children more.
#schoolfair #facepaintingonchildren #serviceandcreativity
I met my mentor Pak Timson before my exams, and we discussed my targets I have achieved from my past CAS experiences.
What I discussed:
- JSFA girl effect and the benefit is for the girls who learn to play soccer and join tournaments. LO:2, LO:3, LO:4, LO:5, LO:6, LO:7
- SB translating in the start of the year, helping Ms Matthews with language boundaries between her and the students. LO:6
- EAL video making in which we interviewed primary students for the benefit of the staffs. LO:5, LO:7
- Graduating from makeup school and doing my first freelance job. LO:1, LO:2
- Girl Effect Jersey designing. LO:3, LO:5
- Christmas Cafeteria decorating. LO:4, LO:5
- Eco face painting. LO:3, LO:4
- GINDO conference. LO:6
- Halloween Haunted house makeup and Guide. LO:4, LO:5
- Badminton JAAC. To join a sports competition. LO:1, LO:2, LO:4
- Kayaking and overcoming my fear with water.: LO:1, LO:2, LO:3, LO:4, LO:5
- Starting a gym membership so I go to the gym at least twice a week to improve stamina. LO:1, LO:2, LO:3, LO:4
I think that the most important aspect of my CAS success is the Girl Effect because it is my main CAS which I have spent most time on, and is most committed too. So far, I have learnt to work collaboratively with others and feel like now I can work in a team better.
The TOK presentation in my opinion was not what I expect it to be like. More than half of the class is gone, and I got more nervous. To add to that, I lost my notes to the presentation so I had to improvise. My partner was Chiara and we worked really hard on this presentation; five weeks with a few Skype calls. Our chosen question was: “to what extent can the media affect our ethical values?”. I guess what went well was that we were able to speak clearly and loudly, but I feel like this presentation was more of a disappointment than even satisfactory.
What we thought was an appropriate RLS and knowledge question (with our multiple sessions of asking for advice from different teachers) turned out otherwise. I understand that there were some mistakes that was made, but I feel as though it was only a problem with the way we explained it.
For improvement, I will make the knowledge question more focus so that audiences can grasp it more easily, and also to repeatedly connect it with the real life situation. It is also better if we’d cite everything so it is not considered as a generalisation
LO4:Show commitment to and perseverance in CAS experience
We train the girls every week after school and accompanied them to every match they participate in which is on most Saturdays. There was a couple of matches however, where the girls chose not to play even though we already came at 6:45am to school. This was a disappointment and we feel as if the girls themselves are not putting effort in the training.
LO5:Demonstrate the skills and recognise the benefits of working collaboratively
We collaborated in making the mufti and bake-sale for the fundraising. We also planned the training sessions and what to do, including: lunges, push ups, sit ups, sprinting, jumping jacks, high knee and more activities.
LO:6 I engage with issues of global significance
Many girls around the world are still repressed to do things they don’t want. For example, in some small Indonesian villages, small, young girls are still made to only marry a man without proper education and increasing child brides.
LO:7 I recognise ethical issues. I act ethically
I know that in Indonesia, gender roles are still strictly imposed. Therefore, by helping the girls play a sport which is largely still assumed as “manly”, help to prove otherwise.
My water confidence, after those multiples of drowning and capsizing, have improved. With games like Kayaking tag and paddling games, it certainly made me braver. I can see this by how straight I can pedal and the ability to even pedal backwards. What I also notice is that since all the pedalling is quite difficult, I have increased my arm strength.