Does Originality Exists?

This question was presented on ArtBizBlog last week by Alyson B. Stanfield.

“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photos, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery—celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: ‘It’s not where you take things from—it’s where you take them to.”

– Jim Jarmusch

Source: Designer Max Kiesler

For the best response, Alyson is giving away a CD and e-book on “How to Curate & Install Your Exhibit Like a Pro”.

Here was my response:

Originality exists. I think it is our delivery, of the already existing concepts, that in fact changes, which is where originality is born. Because we create from a place founded on our experiences and expressions.

Though these experiences and expressions are of the already existing world around us, we each interpret and communicate differently. And the manner in which we deliver it, can only exists within us, each unique person. Where the delivery is not founded upon our own, experiences and interpretation then originality does not exists.

You can read the full posts on ArtBizBlog  along with others responses here.