Remixing

“There may be no such thing as an original idea, but we can choose to deliver content in new and original ways.”

Walter Benjamin

  • Starts with photos and other mediums before talking about music
  • On hashish – practice and culture of smoking hashish
  • Started in 1930s
  • Popularisation of sound – linked to film
  • Alice in Wonderland and many other films remade for sound in the 1930s
  • Predating printing press – mass communication, mass media
  • Notion that ideas could be spread around the world easily, quickly and inexpensively
  • How does reproducing something change it? How does it change the new version? How does it change how we see the original? How might it be considered authentic?

“Even the most perfect reproduction of a work of art is lacking in one element: its presence in time and space, its unique existence at the place where it happens to be”

  • Art begins to be based on politics
  • Concept of the aura –┬áthe experience/atmosphere/quality generated by a work – what is the relation to the original? How much of the original is captured in the remix (question of authenticity)?

Eduardo Navas

  • Remix Theory: the aesthetics of sampling

Copy | Combine | Transform

“The quest of art:┬áthe moment between what was and what could be”