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Projects

Kleptomanifesto

Project for IML 202: Media Arts and Practice Studio I. The modern artist is the kleptomaniac. Fueled by a need for quick gratification from instant success, they fail to resist stealing ideas from other artists in order to “inspire” their piece. They are the most dangerous thieves because they are granted the opportunity to steal without fear of repercussion. Everything is available to them to be stolen, from digital presets to premade templates to pinterest boards of ideas that are waiting to be copied. The reality is every action can be perceived as an act of stealing, so as a society, why is the act of stealing capital or shoplifting where the moral line is drawn? Why is the stealing of ideas not considered to be actually stealing? And if everything is considered stealing, is the act of stealing truly a bad thing?

Kleptomanifesto

Valerie Wang
Fall 2020
Design, Video

Project for IML 202: Media Arts and Practice Studio I. The modern artist is the kleptomaniac. Fueled by a need for quick gratification from instant success, they fail to resist stealing ideas from other artists in order to “inspire” their piece. They are the most dangerous thieves because they are granted the opportunity to steal without fear of repercussion. Everything is available to them to be stolen, from digital presets to premade templates to pinterest boards of ideas that are waiting to be copied. The reality is every action can be perceived as an act of stealing, so as a society, why is the act of stealing capital or shoplifting where the moral line is drawn? Why is the stealing of ideas not considered to be actually stealing? And if everything is considered stealing, is the act of stealing truly a bad thing?