Dick Whyte

John Cage - 4'33" [Removal] (2010)

4 min 33 secSingle channel / Digital Video / Colour / Silent

Dick Whyte has made a number of works (including a version of John Cage's infamous 4'33" (1952), which collage amateur and professional performances sourced from YouTube.

Here he makes reference to the YouTube copyright algorithm, which seeks to protect authorship from appropriation and reinvention.

"What interests me is that particular avant-garde works which up until a few years ago would never have been seen by the general population have suddenly become 'folk' works—they are being remade and revisioned by large numbers of people, many of them who do not claim to be 'artists'. In a sense these works deterritorialize the category of 'high-art' and reclaim these works for the people (as 'folk' art)."

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