The following post will be an evolving manifesto for evolving ideas.
‘Utopias afford consolation: although they have no real locality there is nevertheless a fantastic, untroubled region in which they are able to unfold; they open up cities with vast avenues, superbly planted gardens, countries where life is easy, even though the road to them is chimerical.
‘Heterotopias are disturbing, probably because they secretly undermine language, because they make it impossible to name this and that, because they shatter or tangle common names, because they destroy syntax in advance, and not only the syntax with which we construct sentences but also that less apparent syntax which causes words and things (next to and also opposite one another) to ‘hold together’. This is why utopias permit fable and discourse: they run with the very grain of language and are part of the fundamental dimension of the fabula; heterotopias … dessicate speech, stop words in their tracks, contest the very possibility of grammar at its source; they dissolve our myths and sterilize the lyricism of our sentences.’5 –
Michel Foucault, The Order of Things
So how much do I have to change before it is actually mine?
fascinating: In most countries, copyright is considered to expire 70 years after its creator has died.
The U.S. copyright office mentions parody, which some artworks are. However, this is a specific instance and you might have to prove it in court.
If you copy part of an artwork for the purpose of learning, that’s one thing. As soon as you exhibit that work, its function has changed.