Essay on Remix Culture

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Remix Culture One of the biggest issues that arises with remix art is the issue of ‘Remix vs. Plagiarism.” When does a remixed work become an original work of art? Is the work considered original as soon as it is tweaked or when it is unrecognizable? Neither, a work is unique when its purpose and meaning transcends that of the original? Works like Montgomery Lee’s “Copyright Symphony” takes a variety of images and uses them to create music out of the imbedded data on the photographs. The work can be considered his own because he had given the images new meaning by placing them together. And by turning the photos into music they are no longer photographs, instead they are musical instruments which together create something completely …show more content…
Abstraction in Art What is abstract art? Is it art no one understands? Is it art with hidden meanings? It is simply art that focuses on the visual form. As an artistic movement it is a reaction to the realism movement. Abstract art is a departure from reality. Abstract artist try to do away with the old conventions of art and try to formulate their own rules and methods. Stan Brakhage uses abstraction to explore the medium of film—literally—by pasting moths onto strips of film with his piece “Moth Light”. By doing this he is literally experimenting with film. By pasting the moths onto film strips rather than just filming them, or taking pictures of them, we can see the actual textures of the moth wings. The work has almost a ‘3D’ quality to it because of it. Through the movement of the film we start to see shapes and pattern emerge when the filmstrip is played back to us. His work uses the abstraction of these shapes and images being formed in order to explore the medium that is film. Otto Von Schirach’s “Laptops and Martini’s” also uses convoluted imagery to try and explore shapes. His simple—if not trauma inducing—animation makes use of a few shapes over and over and over again to create a sort of jumbled up narrative in which an evil robots tries to reek havoc within his tiny little animated world. Similarly, Chris Ware’s “This American Life” animation makes use of a few, repetitive shapes which when combined with his narration,

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