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TV Remix – Media criticism in real time

TV Remix by Philipp Rahlenbeck

Note: This announcement is archived for historical purposes.

Image source: http://fluctuating-images.de

Text source: http://www.netcells.net

Red Light Concert #10
TV Remix – Media criticism in real time
Philipp Rahlenbeck is jumping channels for us
Saturday, November 12, 2005, 8pm
fluctuating images, Jakobstr.3, 70182 Stuttgart

Recently, the BBC opened parts of their programme archive, as an opportunity for VJs to create video mixes out of footage from old documentaries on art, society, and nature. A special licence allowed free treatment of the images.


Dance Dance Revolutionary! announces the winner of the Stay Free – Angela Davis re-mix contest: SPINNERTY of San Francisco

The Prison Industrial–Complex (Audio CD Recording)

Image source: http://dancedancerevolutionary.org/free.html
Project URL: http://dancedancerevolutionary.org/

Text source: made available by Fereshteh Toosi for Remix Theory

Dance Dance Revolutionary! is pleased to announce that the winner of the Stay Free – Angela Davis re-mix contest is SPINNERTY of San Francisco

Listen to the MP3 at the project website: http://www.dancedancerevolutionary.org/free.html

Dance Dance Revolutionary! is an arts initiative that aims to share information about radical activism through fun, participatory events. The project includes various platforms inspired by the lives of Angela Davis and Emma Goldman, two important figures in U.S. history.

As part of its ongoing activities, Dance Dance Revolutionary! hosted a re-mix contest. The objective was to creatively re-assemble songs written by the Rolling Stones and John Lennon/Yoko Ono about activist Angela Davis around the time that she was acquitted of federal murder charges in 1972.


Can I Get An Amen, by Nate Harrison

Can I Get An Amen?, 2004
recording on acetate, turntable, PA system, paper documents
dimensions variable
total run time 17 minutes, 46 seconds

Image and project source: nkhstudio.com

Can I Get An Amen? is an audio installation that unfolds a critical perspective of perhaps the most sampled drum beat in the history of recorded music, the Amen Break. It begins with the pop track Amen Brother by 60’s soul band The Winstons, and traces the transformation of their drum solo from its original context as part of a ‘B’ side vinyl single into its use as a key aural ingredient in contemporary cultural expression. The work attempts to bring into scrutiny the techno-utopian notion that ‘information wants to be free’- it questions its effectiveness as a democratizing agent. This as well as other issues are foregrounded through a history of the Amen Break and its peculiar relationship to current copyright law.

Africa Calling, by Jonathan Jones

Le Monde Vomissant
By Chéri Samba (Democratic Republic of Congo), 2004. Acrylic on canvas.
© Hayward Gallery

Image source: http://arts.guardian.co.uk/gallery/
Text source: http://arts.guardian.co.uk/features/

There’s plenty to admire in Africa Remix. But Jonathan Jones wonders if a whole continent can really be captured in a single exhibition

Wednesday February 9, 2005

Africa is a scandal,” writes curator Simon Njami in the catalogue for Africa Remix: Contemporary Art of a Continent. Not many people would disagree. Africa, the poorest continent, with the most terrible problems of war and disease… But Njami doesn’t mean that. His catalogue essay is written in another language, that of curators: he means “scandal” in a theoretical way. Africa is a scandal because it is “hybrid”, because it is inherently transgressive, because… no, let us leave it there. Suffice it to say that Africa Remix flails around to find an Africa that can claim its place in the world of biennales, glossy art magazines and proliferating theory. That it ends up discovering the same old realities of injustice and poverty probably says more for the honesty of African artists than for the thinking behind the show.


A CONTEXT MAP OF VisitorsStudio, by Ruth Catlow & Marc Garrett

Image source: http://www.visitorsstudio.org/session.pl?id=23
Text source: http://blog.visitorsstudio.org/?q=node/31/

VisitorsStudio is a Media Art project, in that it is “art through and with electronic digital media… a hybrid of electronically generated images, sounds, machine processes and possibilities for interaction”[1]. In addition to this definition by media, and equally important to an understanding of the VisitorsStudio project, is how it corresponds with processes, and practices developed by an earlier generation of artists associated with the Fluxus movement who worked with mail art, happenings, performance, art-activism and live art. This text describes some of these connections with past works and then positions VisitorsStudio within the thriving territory of real-time art, software art, net art and participative and collaborative expression in contemporary ‘remix culture’.


Rosebud Remix. The Citizen Kane DVD is as coldly magnificent as the original film, by Christopher Hawthorne

Image source: http://www.cinematographers.nl

Text source: Slate

Oct. 24, 2001, at 11:09 PM

When the great film critic Pauline Kael died last month at 82, obituaries as well as tributes from her friends and acolytes poured into print. The remembrances tended to mention only in passing what was perhaps the most important, and easily the most exhaustive, piece of criticism Kael ever wrote. “Raising Kane” appeared in The New Yorker 30 years ago, sprawling across a total of 68 pages in consecutive issues of the magazine. The essay celebrated and dissected Orson Welles’ film debut Citizen Kane, which was itself 30 years old in 1971.

As it happens, Kael’s death and that double anniversary coincide with the release of a commemorative edition of the film on DVD. Citizen Kane will be the first building block in the collection of any self-respecting film buff, of course. But watching it on DVD re-raises a lingering if heretical question: Why does the film so often ranked as the greatest ever made strike so many viewers as cold, as oddly soulless? It’s easy to appreciate or admire Citizen Kane but hard to revel in it. Put another way: It’s just about the last movie you’d want to watch on a rainy night.

Read the article

The global digital commons and other unlikely tales, by David M Berry

Image source: icommons.org/
Text source: opendemocracy.net/

22 – 6 – 2006

The commons movement may be groundbreaking and innovative but as it hurtles towards a global model, it risks the privatisation of culture and a disregard for national boundaries, says David M Berry.

Lulu.tv Testing Some Boundaries of Copyright, by Ray Cha

Image source: Lulu.tv

Text source: Futureofthebook


Lulu.tv made recent news with their new video sharing service which has a unique business model. Bob Young the head of Lulu.tv and founder of the self publishing service Lulu.com also founded Red Hat, which commercially sells open source software. He has been doing interesting experiments in creating business that harness the creative efforts of people.

The new revenue sharing strategy behind Lulu.tv is fairly simple. Anyone can post or view content for free, as with Google Video or YouTube. However, it offers a “pro” version, which charges users to post video. 80% of the fees paid by goes to an account and the money is distributed each month based on the number of unique downloads to subscribing members.


Allegorical Remix, by Erwin Weishaupt

Douglas Gordon, Self-portrait as Kurt Cobain, as Andy Warhol, as Myra Hindley, as Marilyn Monroe (detail) 1996

Image and text source: artnet.com

“Douglas Gordon’s The Vanity of Allegory,” July 16-Sept. 10, 2005, at the Deutsche Guggenheim, Unter den Linden 13/15, 10117 Berlin, Germany.

Berlin’s creative world is so compartmentalized that you can be pretty sure you won’t bump into any of your fellow ravers at a museum opening, particularly at the Deutsche Guggenheim. Part of the global expansionist vision of the New York-based Guggenheim Museum, the single-room exhibition space, given a sanitary design by modernist architect Richard Glucksman and located unambiguously in the Deutsche Bank building on Unter der Linden, seems like a commercial box in the heart of a metropolis celebrated rather more for its underground art scene than for its institutional achievement in contemporary culture.



Image source: http://www.markamerika.com/ica/
Text source: http://www.uni-erfurt.de/kommunikationswissenschaft

Date: uncertain

What does it mean to be a net artist? Is it a life? A style? A practice? One way to think about the growing con/fusion of net art and net lit is as a continually emergent dialogue. You see someone’s web site in Brazil and send them an email from a vacation spot in Hawaii telling them how much you admire their work — and a dialogue is born. This dialogue branches into more emails, web sites, symposiums and exhibitions. Soon, you have an instantaneously delivered multi-linear thread of narrative-potential being practiced as a form of social networking. Is this the story? Is it conceptual? Literary? Performative? What happens when the conversants agree to let the dialogues go public? Is this an activist recording or archiving of an ultra-contemporary art scene that defies categorization? Who owns it? Who buys it? Perhaps it’s a kind of creative mindshare.

I email Eugene Thacker because I am interested in what he is doing. I ask him if would like to engage in a net.dialogue, somewhere between net.lit and net.art but without all of the didactic propaganda associated with both of those terms. He writes back from New York saying he’s game and so we start sending emails back and forth and soon I put the data into an automated editing environment I call “Mark Amerika’s Brain While It Listens to MP3 Jukebox Recordings and Interacts With Whatever Software He Happens To Have Opened Up On His Screen.”


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