Remixing Media, ©ritiquing ©ulture

®emixing Media, ©ritiquing ©ulture explores how the appropriation, parody, and remixing of media texts (images, ads, music, video, etc) can be a powerful form of cultural critique. Not only will we look at the culture jamming movements of the past and present, but we will apply these concepts and aesthetics to create our own works that turn the media and its messages against itself. At the end of the term we will showcase these works at our own art show/exhibit that we curate and promote as a way of highlighting the practical value of fair use within creative communities.

College Connections Faculty: Andre Sirois


FIG Assistant: Madeleine Jones


Summer Assignment

Please watch the film Good Copy, Bad Copy and the comic book “Bound by Law” and think about the texts (movies, games, music, books, etc.) that you enjoy and how you consume them. You do NOT need to answer all these questions, but maybe choose one or two of these and think about the questions in relation to the film/comic and your personal habits/preferences.

1. Think about some of the movies, video games, music, YouTube videos, etc. that you consume and enjoy. How do some of those texts us “remixing,” whether it’s your favorite Hollywood franchise or a street artist or musician that you like? Discuss how remixing is described in the comic and film, and do you think it is creative, or how is it a lazy way of creating? Do you see remixing as being valuable, both economically and culturally?

2. Think about how you access/consume music, film, books, software, games, etc. After watching the film and reading the comic, why do you think “pirating” copies is good or bad for the industries? Do you view the unauthorized download of content to be theft or illegal or is it cool? Either way, tell us why you think it is or is not criminal. In your opinion, is “piracy” theft? Please describe why or why not.

3. How do you see intellectual property as a philosophy or ideology, and how do ideas about ownership (as seen in the film/comic) differ in the United States and other countries? How do these ideas about ownership differ between creators (corporate creators and the more underground remixers)? Is there a conflict between producers and consumers in respect to notions held about intellectual property?

Week of Welcome FIG Meeting

The first meeting for the FIG is Friday, September 22nd at 11:00 am in Columbia 150. Please arrive on time as we will be relocating shortly after.