From Live Cinema Research

In a digital age where music remixing is so commonplace that it's completely taken for granted, the same sampling (r)evolution is now happening across other media, and movies could be the next hot sampling source. Addictive TV have commissioned some of the world's leading audiovisual artists and visual remixers to create ten-minute remixes of some classic feature films and cult B-movies. ... Deconstructed - and playfully reconstructed - narratives emerge, visual trickery abounds and completely new soundtracks have been created, all the while keeping the essence of the original films.

Think sample versus the whole work. If we are indeed living in a remix culture does it still make sense to create whole works – if these works will be taken apart and turned into samples by others anyway?

Indeed, why painstakingly adjust separate tracks of Director movie or After Effects composition getting it just right if the “public” will “open source” them into their individual tracks for their own use using some free software?

Of course, the answer is yes: we still need art. We still want to say something about the world and our lives in it; we still need our own “mirror standing in the middle of a dirty road,” as Stendahl called art in the nineteenth century.

Yet we also need to accept that for others our work will be just a set of samples, or maybe just one sample. Media:Generation_flash.pdf

remix is active consumption not production

Remix happens as a bi-product of consumption. What we're remixing is culture and the active consumption of culture is part of identity development and living as a social creature in society. .... A huge part of the identity process is to consume culture, mix it and personalize it, and share that with our friends because it has identity implications. We even share in public so that we can get parents to scrunch up their noses. anah boyd

and a comment: "It is folk art. We're seeing a revival of folk art and folk culture after a brief interlude of mass media domination. Folk art is usually about remixing traditional materials: musical themes, stories, plays, etc." Adina Levin