Scavenging, replicating, or remixing, many influential artists today reinvent a legacy of "stealing" images and forms from other makers. Among the diverse, often contestatory strategies included under the heading "appropriation" are the readymade, détournement, pastiche, rephotography, recombination, simulation and parody.
Although appropropriation is often associated with the 1980s practice of such artists as Peter Halley, Sherrie Levine, Richard Prince, and Cindy Sherman, as well as the critical discourse of postmodernism and the simulacral theory of Jean Baudrillard, appropriation’s significance for art is not limited by that cultural and political moment.
Chihcheng Peng recently matriculated from the Film/Video/Media Arts program of the California College of the Arts in Oakland/San Francisco. His undergraduate studies were done at the University of California at Davis where he studied Creative Writing. His videos have screened in dozens of festivals and venues, including Siggraph, The Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, The Ann Arbor Film Festival, SFIAAFF, The Pacific Film Archive, SF Cinematheque, and Resfest. Chih grew up in Los Alamos, New Mexico, birthplace of the atomic bomb.