Remix Culture Assignments

March 12th, 2010 by Matthew K. Gold Leave a reply »

Hi Everyone,

Here are the updated reading assignments for this week:

Lessig, Lawrence. Remix: making art and commerce thrive in the hybrid economy. New York: Penguin Press, 2008.

Intro + Part I: pp. 1-117
Part 3 + conclusion: pp. 253-295

Heffernan, Virginia. “The Hitler Meme

Various, “Downfall” videos on YouTube.

Further reference: “Downfall/Hitler Meme” on Know Your Memes

Leavitt, Alex, “Memes as Mechanisms: How Digital Subculture Informs the Real World.” Convergence Culture Consortium Blog. 2 February 2010. .

Assignment to Explore:“Memes and Remixes/Mash An Argument” by Bill Wolff


Blogging Assignment: Remix Curation

Write a blog post on our group blog that presents a remix video that you’ve found on a public video sharing site like YouTube or Vimeo. Imagine that you work in a museum and that you are curating remix videos as examples of 21st century popular culture. Your blog post must embed the video and include a paragraph or two explaining its significance from a formal, cultural, or social perspective. Suggested length: 250-500 words

n.b. To embed a video file, copy the URL from the YouTube/Vimeo page, click on the YouTube icon above the posting interface, and paste the link in. If you have problems, contact Matt.

Here is an example of what this might look like:

Kutiman, “01 – Mother of All Funk Chords” ThruYou, 2009. Video, uploaded to YouTube, color, sound; 3:36 min.

Israeli artist Ophir Kutiel, known as Kutiman, published the ThruYou video project in early 2009. “The Mother of All Funk Chords,” the first track in the project, contained no original music produced by Kutiman; rather, his video presented an entirely new song — a new melody, a new rhythm — derived entirely out of old footage that Kutiman had found on YouTube. Most of the clips chosen for the project were instructional musical videos that either provided free musical lessons for viewers or performed some relatively banal exercise, such as a scale, on an instrument. By weaving together these mundane clips into a vibrant piece of music, Kutiman demonstrated Lawrence Lessig’s point in Remix that the best remix videos tend to “deliver a message more powerfully than any original alone could” (71).


If you have questions about the assignment, please let us know.


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