Subject: CCE - Context & Culture - 2015
Class 05 - Contemporary Art Practices & Creativity - Remix
1. On Remix Art
Remix as a form of creative practice is a process or method of creating artworks that use pre-existing content to produce new work. There are many forms and types of remix addressing many issues as the references listed further on will show, but what is interesting to consider is that as a concept, remix isn't really new. Some would claim (as you will see in the video series we will watch) that the history of remix goes back as far as our creative history - that all aspects of human creative endeavour is infact based upon remix or a synthesis of past material.
Today, remix is a valid form of creation - especially in the current digital / information age where so many of us have access to digital media tools to cut, copy, paste & manipulate content in so many ways to form new content.
Today we will watch Everything is a Remix, by Kirby Ferguson:
This series of short documentary films may seem to be quite general and full of "pop culture" references, but underlying the content is an idea that many artists and academics are currently discussing in relation to creative research, and what we do as artists:
Briefly discuss issues relating to reflective practice and artistic research & how you fit in to a continuum of creative practice - what artists that have come before you have influenced your practice? How do you feel about remix, appropriation, "quotation" (that post-modern favourite), and what do you think about the current litigious climate involving many creative works?
Some topics to consider and perhaps research in more depth:
Some links and references to follow up on:
Creative Commons and Copyright/Copyleft...
Creative Commons: http://creativecommons.org/
The Illustrated Story of Copyright, Edward Samuels - http://www.edwardsamuels.com/copyright/index.html
Jim Jarmusch - Steal from Everywhere: http://www.psfk.com/2009/01/jim-jarmusch-on-stealing-from-everywhere.html
Lessig & Fairey - On Art, Commerce and Corruption: http://www.psfk.com/2009/02/lessig-fairey-on-art-commerce-and-corruption.html
Creative Rights and Artists: http://www.artsjournal.com/artists/
Some Remix related links and references:
Eduardo Navas - Remix Theory: http://remixtheory.net/
Mark Amerika - Remix the Book: http://www.remixthebook.com/
Remix Culture in Australia by Ross Harley: http://fifteen.fibreculturejournal.org/fcj-100-cultural-modulation-and-the-zero-originality-clause-of-remix-culture-in-australian-contemporary-ar/
Cory Arcangel - Arnold Schoenberg, op. 11 - I - Cute Kittens - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lF6IBWTDgnI
The Case for Contamination by Kwame Anthony Appiah: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/01/magazine/01cosmopolitan.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all&
The Ecstasy of Influence: A plagiarism - by Jonathan Lethem: http://harpers.org/archive/2007/02/the-ecstasy-of-influence/
Reaping the Rewards of Risk-Taking by Steve Lohr: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/28/technology/steve-jobs-and-the-rewards-of-risk-taking.html
ARS Electronica - Hybrid: http://22.214.171.124/en/archives/festival_archive/festival_overview.asp?iPresentationYearFrom=2005
Shredder 1.0 - Mark Napier: http://marknapier.com/shredder
TATE Britain - Altermodern: http://www.tate.org.uk/node/237381/manifesto.shtm
Texts by Cory Doctorow: http://manybooks.net/authors/doctorow.html
The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Walter Benjamin: http://www9.georgetown.edu/faculty/irvinem/theory/benjamin-work-of-art.html
Work on your assessment task (Indigenous Art essay) and take some time to populate your blog with engaging content. Please ask me for help if you're not sure what to write about or how to make a start.
The next writing task won't start for a couple of weeks, but Remix is one option to consider (amongst others) so you might find something in the resources provided today to start your next research endeavour.
Next week we will be going to ACMI Screen Worlds during class time. We will start class at 1:30 in room 16.16, then at around 2pm, we will walk down to ACMI. The Screen Worlds exhibition is a very interesting look at a wide range of screen-based media from film to games and interactive pieces.
Your mission will be to explore the whole exhibition and find something that captures your attention to make a blog post about in your Wordpress sites. You may find some examples of remix or reappropriation of content in this exhibition. It should be a fun excursion.
*Keep in mind that Screen Worlds has a lot of different content and might seem a bit overwhelming at first.
Look over these educational docs from ACMI to help gain an understanding of what you will see in the Screen Worlds exhibition next week:
Homework / Readings
Work on your Assessment Task 1 writing piece.
Follow up on some of the Remix references provided - if you find something that interests you, you might want to make a blog post about it.