The Iterative Turn

Kaja Marczewska

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    Abstract

    This paper investigates the implications of what I see as the increasingly prominent
    propensity to copy as a creative practice in contemporary culture. While
    debates about plagiarism, copyright infringement, and the state of copyright
    inform my argument, the focus here is on broader issues. My discussion is
    formulated as an attempt at defining a cultural condition that triggers novel
    attitudes to creativity in order to explore the possibilities of re-conceptualisation
    of copying as a creative category. By doing so, this project strives to interrogate
    the restrictions and inadequacies of the dominant categories of originality,
    creativity, and authorship to propose the notion of iteration as a possible alternative.
    Drawing on the example of recent creative projects by child-star cum
    performance artist Shia LaBeouf, practices of copying are represented here as a
    necessary condition of the contemporary culture and a manifestation of a shift
    in aesthetics, here defined as the Iterative Turn. In its attempt to think about the
    contemporary, the paper posits a framework for looking beyond the established
    paradigms of creativity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)13-27
    Number of pages15
    JournalParse Journal
    Volume3
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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