From: Beverly O'Neill (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Feb 05 2010 - 17:00:25 PST
Dear Cindy, I found the Karma program on facebook with Martin Jaggi credited for curation when he had merely selected works from both the Unseen Cinema and Treasures of the Avant Garde DVD box sets. Unseen Cinema has the FBI warning at the head of each disc so the gallery infringed upon those copyright restrictions. The Treasures anthology doesn't follow suit, each disc begins with the opening film's title. The National Film Preservation Foundation which produced the Treasures has a copyright on each DVD disc with "All rights reserved". Does that mean Karma Gallery has legal exposure for showing that work publicly without permission? When the NFPF first selected works for this anthology the question about artist's rights arose. Each artist does retain ownership of his/her piece and the NFPF has control of individual work exclusively within the context of the anthology. Does the NFPF's "rights reserved" mean that galleries, museums, etc cannot show the work from !
Another big question: how to copyright individual artists' DVDs with some real muscle. What language should appear in the opening sequence that offers artists recourse when a work is pirated?
On Feb 4, 2010, at 11:18 AM, C Keefer wrote:
> Is anyone else having problems with Karma International Gallery, Zurich and their "Kino Karma" series, specifically, showing artists' work from DVDs without permission, and specifically AGAINST artist's stated wishes? They do not respond despite numerous messages.
> Karma International, Zurich run by
> Marina Leuenberger and Karolina Dankow
> It's disgusting when a gallery ignores a living artist's instructions and wishes. Another sleazy incident of the art world abusing experimental filmmakers' works?
> Also, can anyone confirm, did they contact Anthology and others and receive permission to screen from the Unseen Cinema set in their gallery?
> Also wondering if Marilyn Brakhage and Pat O'Neill have given permission for their works to be screened there?
> Cindy Keefer
> Center for Visual Music
> on behalf of Jordan Belson
> For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.