Erwin Thomasse

(NO)45 (2007-2018)

Appropriations and cosmic coincidences

Erwin Thomasse’s request for me to write something about his work, and more specifically about the work ‘no. 45’ (a clever cross between the number 45 and the swastika - one of those typically ambiguous and streetwise visual trouvailles that Thomasse so naturally produces) reminded me of a remarkable occurence some time ago. Or to put it more precisely, I was reminded of it because of the conversation I had with Erwin about ‘no. 45’ and the changing meaning of things like authorship, appropriation and plagiarism in the era of the extremely fast dispersion of images.

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