A Research Site Devoted to the Past and Future of Found Footage Film and Video

"The Literary and Artistic heritage of humanity should be used for partisan propaganda purposes." - Gil J. Wolman
“A lot of people who call themselves artists now are cultural critics who are using instruments other than just written language or spoken language to communicate their critical perspective.”
-Leslie Thornton

Friday, February 15, 2008

Political Mashup Playlists and Caped Masked and Armed

I've written previously on the political remixes of Caped Masked and Armed, best known here for the "Kodak Moments" remix below.

After looking at Jonathan McIntosh's site (the artist behind this video), I found his playlist for the recent DIY conference at USC. It was a wonderful experience going through this list because of some of our own identical formulations about remix culture. He is also a supporter of the idea that Brokeback mashups can be read as a "queering" of texts--most often films that deal with homosocial spaces. He did however apparently coin a phrase that beautifully illustrates a tendency in the recycled cinema / remix video community -- Identity Correction. This idea as I understand it relates the frequent remixing of speeches by public figures to create a coalescence between what they say and what they do. You can browse this list by clicking here.

In my research for an upcoming conference in Nottingham called "Cultural Borrowings: Appropriation, Reworking and Transformation" I have come to find the development of a consensus in terms and critical approaches to these works from a host of disparate sources. I wonder if this is simply because writing on this subject is so sparse and that it has led to a great deal of sharing or whether this has developed because the process is not actually new but part of an age old "found" aesthetic in art.