Readymades and Remixes
Autumn 2020 | M/W 2:30am-5:20pm | Whitney Lynn
Virtual Office Hours: By appointment (email to schedule)
This experimental studio class investigates the art of borrowing, remixing, and remaking, exploring how existing images, objects, and sounds can be reimagined to create unique works of art. Students will be asked to wrestle with or incorporate existing material as a way of critiquing, celebrating, and/or transforming the original. The class will address questions of authorship and authenticity; the political and cultural implications of repetition; ownership and copyright in the digital age; avant-garde collage and montage; performance restagings; and much more. We will examine how appropriation is a method of quotation and commentary; a form of pastiche, parody or homage; a vital expression of our living culture -- or a lazy form of copying.
Students may choose to work with found objects, images, sounds, or footage; project assignments are structured to take advantage of individual students' interests, while at the same time provide distinct parameters and goals. The ability to think conceptually and embrace an interdisciplinary context are critical components of the course.
Installation view of On-Site 3: Mickalene Thomas at MOMA PS1
Public Domain/Copyright Free Images/Video/Sound:
Things to Read:
Things to Watch:
Bruce Conner, THREE SCREEN RAY, 2006, three-channel video installation, black and white, sound, 5:23