What is remix?
…and why are remix practices so relevant to contemporary culture?
The concept of ‘remix’ refers to a broad set of social and cultural practices consisting of the fragmentation, re-ordering, and re-contextualisation of both pre-existing and new content – whether text, sound or image. Far from being an emergent phenomenon, appropriation and re-purposing strategies are inherent to creativity itself and the very process of culture production. However, networked devices and resources characteristic of current media landscape are facilitating the emergence of new forms of creative expression which are based on mash up practices.
Here we are putting together resources selected in order to help understanding remix practices and their key role in contemporary digital cultures:
Videos on remix culture
- Rip: A Remix Manifesto (2008, 80 min.)
- Remix, VJing, ZEMOS98 (2007, 6 min.)
- Good copy, bad copy (2007, 58 min. 54 sec.)
- Everything is a Remix. Part 1: the Song Remains the Same. (2010, 7 min. 18 sec.)
- Everything is a Remix. Part 2: Remix Inc. (2011, 9 min. 48 sec.)
- Everything is a Remix. Part 3: the Elements of Creativity. (2011, 11 min. 17 sec.)
One of the best ways of understanding audiovisual remix practices is watching remixes! Here a few selections, and more are to come.