“Good artists copy, great artists steal.” – Pablo Picasso
Throughout history, we’ve seen artists draw inspiration from their peers. Paul Gaugin’s Spirit of the Dead Walking and Cezanne’s A Modern Olympia are both thought to be inspired by Édouard Manet’s Olympia, which is thought to be inspired by Titian’s Venus of Urbino. Da Vinci is at the center of a number of less subtle “remixes” including Andy Warhol’s The Last Supper, Marcel Duchamp’s L.H.O.O.Q and many others.
Remix culture is alive and well within today’s contemporary art scene as well with artworks like Banksy’s Show Me The Monet highlighting the appreciation and interest collectors and the community have for remixed artworks- sometimes at the same level as the art that inspired it. The crypto-art/NFT art space has seen its own remix movement, which has sparked a great deal of controversy, debate and passionate reaction within the community.
They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery, but where is the line drawn between inspiration, interpretation, imitation, appropriation and flat out infringement? How do you differentiate one from the other, especially as it pertains to art? How are profits determined in these situations? Where do copyright and intellectual property laws fit in?
Pioneering cryptoart duo Hackatao, who have been at the receiving end of many “remixes” themselves, are breaking open the concept of remix art and diving straight in, exploring many of the questions mentioned above through a collective community art project. Alongside Piselli and Partners law firm and curator Eleonora Brizi (Breezy, Hackatao is calling on the cryptoart community at large to help explore the meaning and implications of what it means to remix a piece of art.
Statement from the Artist Team
“We find ourselves here in the highest planes of Olympus. Dike, daughter of Zeus and Themis, because of her integrity and impartiality called Justice.
With the web and technology as the architects of a Golden Age 2.0, we bring her back to us humans, on Earth, to question her and trust her.
We can only do it through Art.
Justice, always depicted with a blindfold, to which are added a scale and sword which in Hackatao’s vision appears under the guise of a paintbrush.
The screen of the smartphone becomes the Table of the Law, to remind us how much in our contemporaneity the web is the sovereign judge, with the infinite window opened by the internet and from personal and collective exposure on social media.
However, this blindfolded goddess sees us very well, daughter of her time and participant in the most innovative and avant-garde dynamics. As has been the case for centuries, she does so through art.
She holds a paintbrush in her hand but she “dresses up” in digital.
She paints herself but she does it on a screen and even more she decides to (re)paint herself.
She gives herself possibilities of change, and of reincarnation. She lives and will live again every time she is reborn in one of her REMIXes.
She is a wise and brash goddess, just and defiant.
It is she who pursues what in millennia has caused research and death, poisoning and discovery: the elixir of eternal life. She is on her way to open discussion and dialogue, keeping alive the intellectual confrontation that has kept societies all over the world thriving and towards the future.
This work of Hackatao – which manifests itself through the two faces of her soul, physical and digital – wants to start and trace the way to the discussion on copyright in the digital art world, with the collaboration of the law firm Piselli & Partners.
It represents a starting point and a use case for the law firm’s proposal of new copyright enforcement regulations and ideas, through art itself in the form of artwork.
To do so, the artists propose that the artwork itself be part of a real experiment that can lead to further developments and advances in this field, specifically referring to the world of digital art certified through blockchain technology (crypto art).
To support this, a special fil rouge will accompany the whole project and live even further: the Dynamic Token. A token that is mutable in time, changes its data; an artwork in constant evolution and recognizing in its royalties the ownership of the different actors which participate in this process of creation.
The Hackatao duo expresses its position regarding the particular phenomenon of “remix” in art, proposing themselves that this work is “remixed”: “REMIX ME”. This experiment is also intended to analyze how the sharing of the work and the widespread use of the same among a greater number of users can increase its value. Not only commercial – a simple consequence – but above all artistic, referring to this process as a true ARTISTIC OPERATION.
Where the rights stand in all of this, we will find out through the proposal of the law firm, the response of the crypto community and the discussion that will be opened among the various existing platforms. But above all through the reaction and the “gesture” of those who see first and far: the artists.”
-Eleonora Brizi, Breezy
REMIX ME – Guidelines
The phenomenon of remixes has always been very controversial in the history of art.
Today, in the world of digital art, is even more questionable.
REMIX ME is not a simple art project; it is an experiment, a collective effort to open the discussion about the present and the future of copyright and ownership.
It is very simple: you remix us, we remix you.
If you’d like, there are guidelines. If not, there aren’t.
In any of these cases, you will still be part of the bigger endeavor for art and its community to keep pushing the boundaries of society and humanity.
1. Download the digital file of “Remix Me”
Submit your Work and accept the Guidelines
By submitting the Work and the documentation, you accept the Project Regulations.
2. Your remix will be selected to be remixed by Hackatao and be part of the “Remix ME” project
Amongst all the submissions, the artists who will be selected by the organizers of the “REMIX ME” project will have their works remixed by artist duo Hackatao. They will also have direct access to be an artist on MakersPlace platform and be able to mint their NFT(s): first, the work for the “Remix Me” project and later their other creations.
3. Hackatao will remix your remixes in 4 drops on MakersPlace
There will be 4 Drops with auction on MakersPlace, taking place over three months (September, October and November).
Each drop presents the “Collective Work” created by Hackatao, who will in turn remix the remixed works presented by the participating artists.
When the NFT of the “Collective Work” is sold, a percentage is also transferred to the artists selected for the remixes used in that specific remix, to enhance their participation.
4. You will tokenize your authorized remix on MakersPlace and be part of the drop together with the Remix of remixes by Hackatao
The drop, on MakersPlace, will present the Remix of Remixes by Hackatao + all the selected remixes. You will mint your remix work on MakersPlace that will be auctioned together with the other remixes and the Remix of Remixes by Hackatao.
Your NFT is your creation, but in case of a sale, you can freely choose to transfer a percentage to Hackatao.
In addition to all this, we have a special fil rouge that will accompany the whole project and live even further: the Dynamic Token. A token that is mutable in time, changes its data, meaning that it is an artwork in constant evolution.
Each time the Dynamic Token changes, Hackatao create and auction an NFT, which represents the crystallization – snapshot – of the new work of art (so-called collective work or remixing of remixes).
The proceeds from the sale are shared between the organizers, the collector, and the artists selected by Hackatao for the collective work. Each time the collective work changes and different artists are involved, different artists will be inserted in the smart contract of the Dynamic Token for revenues and royalties on that specific Remix of Remixes of which they are part.
The collector of the Dynamic Token plays a fundamental role in the project:
He/she agrees to the derivation of additional NFTs by Hackatao;
He/she agrees that the NFT purchased by him/her will change over time, accepting any visual modification of the work upstream, without being able to oppose it.
The organizers, therefore, recognize a % to the collector, who makes his/her WORK available to Hackatao, so that further NFTs independent from the Dynamic Token can derive from it.
If the collector decides to sell the Dynamic Token, he/she will continue to receive the same% on the sales of the NFTs of the collective works issued before the sale. For each NFT issued after the sale, the buyer of the Dynamic Token will take over.
Percentages on Crystallizations / Snapshots
Drop #1: 26% Hackatao – 26% Selected Artists – 26% Dynamic Token Collector – 11% Piselli&Partners Law Firm – 11% Breezy
Drop #2: 26% Hackatao – 26% Selected Artists – 26% Dynamic Token Collector – 11% Piselli&Partners Law Firm – 11% Breezy
Drop #3: 26% Hackatao – 26% Selected Artists – 26% Dynamic Token Collector – 11% Piselli&Partners Law Firm – 11% Breezy
Drop #4: 26% Hackatao – 26% Selected Artists – 26% Dynamic Token Collector – 11% Piselli&Partners Law Firm – 11% Breezy
Percentages on Dynamic Token
52% Hackatao – 26% Selected Artists – 11% Piselli&Partners Law Firm – 11% Breezy
We hope that the community will enjoys this project and the discussion towards progress and enhancement of the NFT art space, fully supported by technology.
Feel free to reach out to Hackatao with any questions or comments on their Telegram channel: https://t.me/joinchat/rkbBv5-U1dczN2U0
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