I had never known who he was. I found him through Rhizome. And like most video art – his stuff is unwatchable.
But that doesn’t diminish its importance, or the technical impressiveness. But the most salient factor is how his work (and seemingly his personality) prefigures by more than a decade the currently ongoing fights against the inadequacy of copyright law. This was especially clear when I read the latest post on the blog of his foundation.
Read the “latest post” above – and please, read as many of the support documents as you can. As the amount of recorded data in the universe is doubling every three years and falling (uncited), our relationship to what precedes us is essential. Like one’s memory is their most useful tool, OUR collective memory is OUR greatest tool – and that is why the Electronic Freedom Foundation, Creative Commons, the GPL, the FOSS movement, and the accompanying philosophies are so important. And his pioneering of these worlds is why Phil Morton is so important.
Why else am I interested? Let’s just say that I have been really bothered by the stark – yet artificial – divisions between “culture” and “free(d) culture” for a long time, and I’ve been thinking of a project to try and blur those lines.
Thank you, Phil Morton.