Wednesday, March 13, 2013
WHAT IS REMIX HYPERTEXT ESSAY
LaTrobe University's documents on ACADEMIC INTEGRITY, WHAT PLAGIARISM IS and HOW TO AVOID IT.
SOME DEFINITIONS OF DIFFERENTIATION, A RECENT DISCUSSION OF THE ISSUES from December 2012.
WHAT IS REMIX???
Generally speaking, remix culture can be defined as the global activity consisting of the creative and efficient exchange of information made possible by digital technologies that is supported by the practice of cut/copy and paste. While contemporary remix is usually regarded in terms of the cut-and-paste sensibility fostered by digital culture, it's history is undoubtedly pre-digital. Infact, the roots of the literary cut-up technique can be found in Dadaist chance operations where a text is literally cut up with scissors and rearranged to create a new text. In the 1920s, Tristan Tzara, one of the founders of the Dada movement, created poems using a chance operation that any artist could easily execute by following a few basic instructions that he encapsulated in a poem titled “To Make A Dadaist Poem”, Tzara showed how an authors original work can be dissected and rearranged to make an entirely new work, by a new author. Taking this notion further, in his essay, “The Death of the Author,” Roland Barthes questions the concept of authorship altogether. For him it is the text that speaks to the reader. He writes, “A text is made of multiple writings, drawn from many cultures and entering into relations of dialogue, parody and contestation, but there is one place where this multiplicity is focused and that place is the reader, not, as was hitherto said, the author.” With this statement he summarizes his argument that we should treat the text not as something coming from a specific person, but as something that takes life according to how the reader interprets the writing as a collage of diverse sources. For Barthes, it is the reader who holds the real potential to make discourse productive. He looks at specific authors, like Proust, Mallarme and Valery as authors who “Restore the place of the reader.”
Internet’s gigantic archive of image, sound, text, and design has encouraged a view of the artist as primarily a curator, someone whose principal modes of operation involve recontextualization and connection-making.
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