Appropriation and Remix Culture in our Technological Times

I see a lot of re-cut trailers everywhere on the internet. They are fun to watch and I will call them remix art. I love the fact that now things are much more easy to access online that people can work on things in different ways than before. More stuff come out online and the piece’s original source sometimes is forgotten if the artist did not mention it. The loss of credibility but the wide spread of remix art making create a contradiction. The gain of something means loss of another.

The recut of Sleepless in Seattle doesn’t really give an impression of horror movie. Maybe my sense of horror is different ^_^||| I find the recut of Shining really warm. I just can’t stand stories about family. They always make me feel warm and moved lol I like the recut of 10 things I hate about commandments. It’s funny and made me want to watch it :) The recut of Mary Poppins just gave me creeps. If I want to go see a scary movie and I saw this recut trailer, I think I will go XD  I just feel so sad watching the recut trailer of The Ring T^T hm… When Muppet Attacks… I’m not sure is it a comedy or…? I think it is a comedy. But the background music don’t scream COMEDY.

I like how Boling puts it in his quote, that the line between general web and art web is blurred. I totally agree but think that I won’t take the mocking position as he did. I believe that as this issue do appear in internet culture, it is reasonable. Quoting my dad, “If it exists, then it is reasonable.” Uncanny things can be art. There is no real definition as to what art is. So if this form of art exist on the internet, it means that it is accepted by at least a group of internet surfers.

“Songsmith generates musical accompaniment to match a singer’s voice. Just choose a musical style, sing into your PC’s microphone, and Songsmith will create backing music for you. Then share your songs with your friends and family, post your songs online, or create your own music videos.” I think this is taking karaoke and making it into audio art. Even though it sounds a bit weird, I like the concept and the piece coming out of it.

Isn’t it great when assignments are basically to look at stuff I’d normally look at to kill some time? Lovely lovely lovely.

Microsoft songsmith was pretty funny, and made me think of some the questions that were asked when you presented the Coldplay Song Generator. To what extent is formula applied in order for music to become successful? Just think about Rebecca Black! The Songsmith is a cool concept, and the songs come out neat, but it can’t really be mistaken for actual songwriting (unlike our good friend R.Black).

Recut trailers were great. It made me think about trailer-ing as an artform, and how important it is for the a film to have a good trailer. Ever watch trailers for movies that look super amazing, and then watch the film and it’s really disappointing? Thats really what these recuts play off.

I didn’t get all the LOLgraphs but I recognized most of them from around the interwebs. I liked the actual pie ones.

Holla to Jake Elliott for the Youtube Remixing! These were interesting, but I didn’t spend too much time on them.

Literal music videos – SO FUNNY! I loved the second one, cause those videos were pretty ridiculous. Reminded me of this really funny literal movie trailer and there’s a bunch of others on youtube, but I like this one the best.

I really love those Hitler movies. The first one I watched was right before my baccalaureate exams (which are notoriously known of their ridiculousness and level or rigor) and it was about Hitler failing the math one. So great, so great.

Finally, the greatest inappropriate soundtrack I’ve seen is this. It’s genius.

All of these are really amazing – its interesting that all the internet remixes rely on humor and internet-users’ short attention spans.

The “i know, LOL” project that Jon mentioned at the beginning of his article, sounded to me that it was more like a “hacking” project if anything else, and in my judgement, I would not go as far as to classify it as art.

However, I would not say that this sort of activity should be banned viciously. Obviously, if a web moderator sees that there is a reoccurring message floating around Twitter, the first immediate action to this would be to exterminate the spawning source. When Jon mentions Jodi Dean’s idea of “Communicative Capitalism”, this struck me as another way of saying that everyone has their own equal voice on the Internet, and quite frequently, people hide their real identities, so that judgement can be dismissed while they proceed with their venture through the Internet. I suppose another word for this would be “online identities”.

Also. Saying “1rst” actually adds one more letter to the original abbreviation… Seeing that Jon is a fan of using minimal, new-generation language, I found that sort of humorous.

The problem I see is, Artware could very easily be mistaken as spam, or even a virus. If a person, who is not an artist, witnesses an artist’s activity through their social network, or any other website, they would most likely be insulted by that artist’s original project/mission.

The same concept used in the “i know, LOL” project, is the same that is applied to the “iambusydoingresearch.tumblr.com” website. Collecting/archiving mounds of twitter feeds relating to “doing research” is quite an insane gesture, but could result in interesting results. I suppose, this is another project which I find hard to declare as “art” simply because all that is occurring is the gathering of posts that are spontaneously written, and the artist has no say in the findings. If such people who create these sites want to be considered something, perhaps the title of “programmers” would fit, or once again, “hackers”.

While it seems that a lot of this work is witty, the idea of control still doesn’t play in. I always thought art-making was a discipline, which doesn’t randomize, and surprise you after it is completed. It would be hard to even consider these acts online as “works of art”. Of course, this is all my personal opinion, but there isn’t another position I can stand by at this point.

It seems like these tumblr/twitter Artware ideas begin with someone saying “wouldn’t it be cool if…(FILL IN THE BLANK)” And then, they just execute that idea. It’s all very snappy in judgement, and I think when wittiness invades the art-making realm, it’s hard to take anything seriously.

Well.. Knowing Jon, this article is quite one-sided, and for simple reason: it is his taste in art-making. It seems declaring something as art is becoming simpler and simpler this day-and-age, but what was something, like say– a “glitch”– Something I grew up acknowledging and never considered it as “art”; widespread declaration is recognized, and somehow, the glitch turns into an artists’ cult movement. The points Jon presents are plausible for a specific audience, but in other contexts, it may seem insulting or a little humorous.

-Nicole Rapp