“This is not by me” shows recent works of German artist Cornelia Sollfrank. Since she conceived the Internet art work “net art generator” in 1996 - a program that automatically creates art works from artefacts from the net - Sollfrank deals with questions of Intellectual Property and artistic freedom in her work. In “This is not by me” she takes on the works of Andy Warhol and his extensive use of material from the media and advertising. The show features works that relate to Warhol´s practise of appropriation, including a video interview with Warhol on questions of Intellectual Property, that Sollfrank conducted.


While Intellectual Property seems like a remote and academic topic at first, it has an increasing impact on artists, who work with found material from the media, with ready-mades and “object trouvés”. Sollfrank´s incorporation of found material has actually prevented an exhibition of her work in Switzerland, because the curator was afraid of the legal ramifications that her use of material from Warhol´s work could entail. “This is not by me” is the first presentation of Mrs. Sollfrank in the Philippines.


Cornelia Sollfrank is a media, performance and installation artist, who lives in Hamburg and Dundee. Trained at the Kunstakademie München and the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg, she was a member of the artist group Innen. Her work has been shown internationally, most recently at the Kunstverein Hildesheim, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, La Vénerie’, Brussels, and Knabstrup Kulturfabrik, Kopenhagen. She is a founder of the cyberfeminist group Old Boys Network and has taught at the Universität Lüneburg, Universität Oldenburg and the Bauhaus Universität, Weimar. More on her on her website http://.artwarez.org


She is also a participant in the conference “Asian Edition: A Conference on Media Piracy and Intellectual Property in Southeast Asia” (www.asian-edition.org), that is sponsored by the Goethe-Institut and the UP Film Institute. The conference takes place at the UP College of Mass Communication on November 24, and is organized by Tilman Baumgärtel, the curator of the show and a Visting Professor at the Film Institute.


Also see Goethe Institut Manila

Review of the exhibition in Daily Philippine Inquirer 

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