Blog Post 7.5: Passages for Friday’s Class

Hi all,

Here’s a thread for material for tomorrow’s class — remember that we’ll be focusing on both Poschardt and Miller/Spooky:

By class time Friday, you should post in this thread a passage (roughly 2-4 sentences) from the reading for Friday that you find particularly interesting, surprising, inspiring, problematic, or otherwise significant. Remember to cite the page number for your passage. Also, it’s been great to have people posting songs, videos, etc., here, so more of that is very much welcome (although not required) — if there’s an example or other point of reference you want to bring in, go for it!

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Blog Post 7: This is the Remix

Hi all,

Here’s a blog post for our upcoming week of reading and listening on sampling, DJ culture, and the remix.

As I mentioned in class yesterday, since we’re heading further into the semester, these prompts will start becoming more open-ended and self-driven — think of our goal for the coming week as being figuring out what the remix can do, musically, aesthetically, culturally, historically, politically. To that end, how you pursue this post is largely up to you — you’re free to follow where your interests lead you, with a few guiding constraints:

  • You should discuss both some sonic material from our texts for Wednesday and some textual material (including Copyright Criminals) — think about how you might put those different forms together.
  • In discussing sonic material, try to think carefully and microscopically about what these songs are doing — to close-read the workings of the remix, so to speak. Think about how particular sonic details and actions are creating meaning here, and what those have to do with reuse and recontextualization — the “Paid in Full” transcript might be a useful resource for this.

Have a good weekend, and happy listening, reading, and writing!

Reminder: Your writing should go in the comments section for this post — click on the link near the top of this post where it says “Leave a Comment.” It should be at least 300 words, and is due by midnight Tuesday, October 17. If you have any questions, let me know via email.

Blog Post 6.5: Passages (and topics) for Friday’s Class

Hi everyone,

Here’s a thread for material for tomorrow’s class:

By class time Friday, you should post in this thread a passage (roughly 2-4 sentences) from the reading for Friday that you find particularly interesting, surprising, inspiring, problematic, or otherwise significant. Remember to cite the page number for your passage.

Also, as I mentioned yesterday, you should also list in your post three top-level conceptual issues or themes in the reading and film that you feel would be important for us to discuss — these can be either conceptual issues directly related to appropriation itself (e.g., authorship, etc.) or thematic issues that these films raise through appropriation (e.g., gender, memory, etc.)

 

Blog Post 6: Cutting In

Hi everyone,

After our cutup session Friday, this coming week we plunge headlong into a range of media arts centered on rearranging and remixing found material — next week we’ll look at the sonic aesthetics of hip-hop sampling and remixing, but this week’s focus on found footage film is an important aesthetic precursor of that art form.

Wednesday we focus on Bruce Conner, including the films screened at the Tang yesterday, the “Speaking of Found Footage” interview with Conner, and the article on history and the archive by Baron, both in the packet. Since this is our first day of our first full week thinking about remixing and rearrangement, let’s use this blog post to begin to develop a framework for understanding this form: what’s important about it, in terms of form, culture, history? How does it both resemble and differ from the more “straight” appropriation we’ve been talking about so far? You’re free to pursue this in whatever direction seems significant to you, as long as you engage in some close discussion of the material for Wednesday, putting at least one of the Conner films in dialogue with at least one of Wednesday’s readings.

Reminder: Your writing should go in the comments section for this post — click on the link near the top of this post where it says “Leave a Comment.” It should be at least 300 words, and is due by midnight Tuesday, October 10. If you have any questions, let me know via email.

 

Blog Post 5.5: Passages for Friday’s Class

Hi all,

Really nice conclusive discussion for this section of the course today!

Here’s a thread for Friday’s material, and here’s a link to a page with Soundcloud audio for Donnelly’s poem. By class time Friday, you should post in this thread a passage (roughly 2-4 sentences) from one of the texts for Friday that you find particularly interesting, surprising, inspiring, problematic, or otherwise significant. Remember to cite the page number for your passage.

Blog Post 5: In Appropriations

Hi everyone,

Hope you’ve had a good weekend and enjoyed some of this first real fall weather. Wednesday’s class is our last day with Kunzru’s and our last day in the first section of the course overall — this final section of the novel, along with the roundtable in Artforum, gives us a final chance to think about what appropriation, copying, and theft mean in artistic, ethical, and cultural terms.

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So let’s use this blog post to do some conclusive thinking and writing about these issues overall: what claims do the novel and the roundtable seem to make about, against, or on behalf of appropriation of various sorts? How do you respond to these? There’s lots to think about in this final chunk of material, so you’re free to pursue whatever strikes you as most intriguing, as long as you directly quote and engage with material from both this final section of the novel and the Artforum roundtable.

Reminder: Your writing should go in the comments section for this post — click on the link near the top of this post where it says “Leave a Comment.” It should be at least 300 words, and is due by midnight Tuesday, October 3. If you have any questions, let me know via email.

 

Blog Post 4.5: Passages for Friday’s Class

Here’s a thread for Friday’s material (Kunzru, the 3 articles on Schutz, and the two videos). By class time Friday, you should post in this thread a passage (roughly 2-4 sentences) from one of these sources that you find particularly interesting, surprising, inspiring, problematic, or otherwise significant (meme formats are welcome but not required). Remember to cite the page number for your passage.