Mark Amerika lecture on remix culture

mark amerikaThe lecture—Remixthecontext: the transmedia artist in network culture—will cover the potentials of remix practice as they relate to creative writing, audiovisual art, and social media activism.

‘Remix artists, many of whom identify with the historical avant-garde, are expanding the forms of remix art to foreground an anti-authoritarian and interdisciplinary approach to both contemporary practice and theory,’ says Professor Amerika.

His current research investigates how the emerging generation of social media activists, artists, writers, students, and even politically savvy protesters are becoming adept at both networking and remixing.
 
‘In the midst of social, political and economic upheavals taking place globally, there is a growing counter-cultural movement that wants to express itself artistically and to have an impact on the social media culture it is not only part of, but driving,’ he says.
 
Remix is a widespread practice of recombining existing material to make something new —including covers, sampling, mash-ups, smash-ups, cut-ups. Everything is permitted: sounds, video, text, performance and web design.
 
‘Everywhere we look, the art of remix is being put into practice. You could say we are all born remixers, sampling from the data of everyday life and reconfiguring it into more collaborative and networked forms of personal expression,’ says Professor Amerika.
 
Named a "Time Magazine 100 Innovator", Professor Amerika has displayed his internet artwork worldwide and is the author of many books including his recent on remix culture, remixthebook, which he will be discussing at the lecture.
 
‘Remix culture has been bedevilled by legal issues around copyright but these have diverted attention from important cultural, artistic, and philosophical questions.’

‘The potentials of remix, for writing and for audiovisual work for media artists, many of whom identify with the historical avant-garde, are expanding the forms of remix art to foreground an anti-authoritarian  and interdisciplinary approach to both contemporary practice and theory,’ says Professor Amerika.

‘I will also show clips from my various artworks, feature-length films, and live performances that showcase the way a new philosophy of remix can be applied to the practice of everyday life.’

The lecture will be followed by a Conversation between Professor Amerika and major Australian remix artist Dan Angeloro who is one half of Soda_Jerk, a collaboration they have been working together on since 2002. Soda_Jerk’s work has been widely exhibited in Australia and internationally and they are the recipients of the 2011 Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship and a 2011 British Council Realise Your Dream Award.

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What: Free Public Lecture— Remixthecontext: the transmedia artist in network culture

Venue: The Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library Victoria

When: Tuesday 15 November 2011, 6:30 pm

Contact: Professor Norie Neumark or Natalie Pirotta at centrecreativearts@latrobe.edu.au

For further information about this event or the Centre for Creative Arts please visit: www.latrobe.edu.au/humanities/about/events/mark-amerika

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