Archival Mashup: Remixing Media Archives
Audio and video remixes have emerged as one of today’s most popular modes of expression. From DJ Spooky's "Rebirth of a Nation” to DJ Earworm’s mash-up of the year’s top pop music videos, remixes have the power to convey a multiplicity of meanings. In this class we will explore the discourse and practice of remix culture while tracing its roots back to film collage, plunderphonics, video art, and Jamaican dub. We will ask what messages remixes convey and what cultural critiques they can deliver. This work will be grounded in a parallel exploration of audio, video, and
film archives as sources for our own remixes. In this vein we will critique media archives as sites of privilege and control, while at the same time developing our audio/video/film editing skills and grasp of copyright law. Ultimately we aim to create archival remixes that can be engaging on both visceral and scholarly levels. Student remix projects will be archived in the UW Libraries’ permanent collections.