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So the annual Singapore Youth festival
(SYF) rolls around and my friend went to LASALLE on 11 July 2014 to check out the art exhibition and found a piece of digital art that was very, very familiar...which was called "Escape from Reality".Yup, looks very familiar...click to go to the site showcasing that work
And it turns out, the work seemed to have elements derived from renowned artist
's work, Re-Imagine
. I'm sure almost everyone here knows Yuumei so yeah.
Overlap the images and what do you get?
After some digging around it turns out that a group of students, responsible for this piece, were given a Certificate of Recognition for their efforts. This is definitely infringing on the original artist's copyright in some way.I have contacted the organizers of the SYF and they confirmed that they are aware and looking into the case
. I've also messaged Yuumei asking for her opinion although she has not replied yet.
While I do not condone any acts of plagarism, it is likely that the creators of that art piece in question are unaware of what plagarism means and the potential ramifications it can have. Also, not everyone has heard of Yuumei's work. But, the truth still stands, they need to know their mistakes! Update 16 July
: The description on the artwork in question has been changed and the creators have said that "(They) are inspired by the artwork by digital artist Yuumei." The artwork itself is still up there.Update from SYF Organizers -Reponse :
"Thank you again for raising this matter to our attention. We would like to share that the students informed the organising committee and curators when they submitted the work, that they had drawn inspiration from Yuumei’s artwork “Re-Imagine”, especially the compositional and stylistic influences in their submitted work. They had made known where they drew reference from when they were explaining their work to the audience at the opening of the exhibition. The students also explained how they had personalised their work and the meaning which they wished to convey. Your alert has made us realise that those who view the work without the explanation of the students present would not know the inspiration behind the work. Therefore we have advised the students and also reprinted the exhibition label accompanying the work as well at the artist statement in the e-catalogue to fully acknowledge Yuumei’s artwork “Re-Imagine” and its website URL. . Once again, we thank you for your feedback and support for the exhibition.
Inspiration is one thing and copying is another. We can immediately identify it as Yuumei's work in one look.
I am disappointed by their response in allowing the artwork to stand.
I'd like to hear opinions from you guys. Do feel free to comment and spread the word. Please help in informing Yuumei about this if she isnt aware, her opinion is greatly needed.