Quotes from Shepard Fairey at Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy

Shepard Fairey said I’ve never had an original thought in my life... and there’s tons of people on the internet happy to tell me just that...

Shepard Fairey said I do believe in intellectual property. They said they wanted damages, I said what damages? Your image is worth more...

Shepard Fairey said Remixing with new voices is creative practice...

Shepard Fairey said Why is non commercial public expression considered criminal?

Shepard Fairey said If being original means having to throw paint in front of a jet turbine to hit a canvas 50 ft away then lets not be original

Shepard Fairey said [remix] is absolutely a case by case basis... I error on the side of letting people use my materials

Shepard Fairey said AP sent out a ripple of fear to young artists

Shepard Fairey said Every spoof gives more power to the original

A couple nights ago I went to hear Shepard Fairey, Lawrence Lessig and Steven Johnson speak at Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy. I had pretty high hopes for the event that couldn’t possibly delivered on. Lessig spoke for about 30 minutes to put the case against AP in context. You can see the slides and hear it http://blip.tv/file/1821209. There’s a decent synopsis of the entire talk at PSFK. I’ve pulled some of the notable quotes from Fairey above. What disappointed me was that in one sense I’ve heard most of what Fairey has said before. Possibly because I’ve heard a lot of his interviews already and due to the nature of what he can say due to the lawsuit. I’m glad I went to see the talk in person, but I would have preferred to have had at least one person from an opposing pov there to cause a real debate.

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  • http://ultrakillbot.com Dan

    Glad to hear you were able to go! These are all great quotes for Fairey – but they aren't really new.

    I guess is that it would have been rather difficult for the organizers to arrange for a opposing side without getting somebody who actually hated all parties involved…

    I think maybe they could have pulled out a prof from a nearby University who could have argued devils advocate in that case… but who knows!

  • http://calvin-t.co.uk calvin

    Great quotes


  • mxaxm

    I haven't heard or seen these quotes before, so thanks for sharing. As a collage artist about to start a new project this morning, they made my day.

  • http://www.psfk.com/christine-huang christine

    I'm interested in the opposite POV as well. This talk at NYPL from 2005 (http://www.nypl.org/research/chss/pep/pepdesc.c…) seems like there was a bit more of a multi-perspective conversation… I would suggest downloading the transcript… http://www.nypl.org/research/calendar/imagespro