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.
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