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01.17.2012

The Forum d’Avignon interviewed 25 international artists on the theme of intellectual property - ORLAN

The Forum d’Avignon interviewed 25 international artists on the theme of intellectual property. Discover every day their answers…

ORLAN, artist

To which extend have technology change the way you create? 

I never start from technology or materials, but from the concept, the project works, then I seek the most appropriate technological solution. During the seventh surgical operation-performance in New York in 1993, before the Internet, I managed with the videophone, satellite TV, fax ... to implement my concept of "omnipresence" (live video streaming of the operation from New York in my gallery Sandra Gering, to France at the Pompidou Centre and the Canada at the Marshall McLuhan Centre). I was responding in live to questions that the audience asked me during the operation. With the Internet and Skype it is now much easier to achieve.

How do you perceive the subsequent use of your works? 

I find interesting the reuse of my work by others if they are honest and let know that they use them to create their own works and not just for convenience - I have myself oftenquoted my own work in the new ones, pointing out the intrinsic relationship of a work with another. 

In 10 years to who would you entrust the management of your rights?   

I think the three aspects of the issue (widest circulation, respect of the moral rights, maximization of incomes) come together and are difficult to separate. I can only wish the best value possible to my work and this requires a large diffusion (in key locations) which guarantees the respect and moral rights, the rest follows...