I cannot stop watching this video.
Jay Z performed “Picasso Baby” at the Pace Gallery in NYC. FOR SIX HOURS STRAIGHT. He was interested in the concept of performing art, how it manifests energy inside and outside the gallery setting. He wanted to see how artistic energy evolved between artists, so he performed his song to individuals one at a time. Some danced with him, challenged him, critiqued him or laughed with him. One woman, with a mohawk, gave him sexy eyes that could intimidate Queen Bey. My favorite article on one man’s experience is here.
But here’s the kicker: Jay Z 100% copied this idea.
An artist, Marina Abramovic, originated this concept and applied it to her medium for a performance entitled “Artist is Present”. Then she had the lady balls to show up to Pace & have a little moment with Jay Z.
This video makes me smile like little else has this week. It’s fun, playful, energetic and artistic. Whether it is copied or not, it is great art in motion. Which leads me to…
Whatever the medium, can “copying” be avoided? What is the line between emulation and inspiration? And how thin is that line? When you begin in an artistic industry, whether it be print or design or photography, can you even pull off true “creation”?
Pinterest is the garbage can of creativity. Think about it: someone does something incredibly innovative, we find it on the internet & then BAM! – it’s all over every wedding, baby shower or photography session out there. Instead of acting as a soundboard for ideas, it’s a place where you can go to find creative ideas without actually engaging in thought or creativity.
So, I switched my style up on Pinterest. It is now a place to gather images that serve as inspiration, not a source for imitation. You can check it out here.
I pull my ideas, especially for design, from many places. And from many other creatives. If I do much digging on any one blog or blogger, I find out where she/he is getting inspiration. Then, I can really see how that energy seeps into their own work. (For example, I loved the Jealous Curator‘s visual concept in her blog post about this very same video. Did I “cheat” in a way? Or am I just feeding off her energy, which she got from the article I referenced, which he got from Jay, which HE got from Marina?) Are any of us creating true and unique art?
Tell me in the comments what you think. Was what Jay Z did artistic or creative? Does Pinterest really suck? How do you define/determine what is imitation vs. inspiration?
[images pulled from video]