Memory Loss In A Copy And Paste Zeitgeist

Memory Loss In A Copy And Paste Zeitgeist

PSFK talks with artist Bill Abdale about the act of appropriation, and how it affects our collective historical memory.

Lisa Baldini
  • 9 july 2010

Admittedly, we are a copy and paste culture. In the 1980’s, artists were first dealing with this notion as appropriation and photography came to the fore with likes of Richard Prince and Robert Longo. What was once a debated action that questioned the power of authenticity and challenged copyrights has come to infiltrate our way of working and attitudes towards the roles of digital media. In the latest show at London’s The Pigeon Wing, Flip It Reverse It takes on this process and how it changes historical contexts. PSFK recently spoke with artist Bill Abdale about his approach to this topic, and its operation on our collective historical memory.

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