I do not wish to answer specifically to your post below but rather
declare what I have noticed...
Yes - what is interesting to me personally with something like the act
of sampling is that the process has a genealogy. It moves in time like
A mutation takes place. And even when we look at what we say or may be
perceive as a beginning in embodied form such as a riot, a protest.
Someone, or people making a protest, an activist responding to a
situation with action, is repeating human history, it has a kind of
story of its own, a journey, even a narrative(s), like many other
aspects in life.
What is interesting is that appropriation regarding what is now termed
as 'Joywar', which was spawned from a different image originally - lives
on, it has evolved.
It seems that we cannot help but be influenced by each other - the
behaviour of copying and re-distributing is an essential strategy for
survival and potential mutualist understanding, or enemy defining, not
necessarily and always in the grand scheme of things but in an everyday
sense, it can be subtle and close to instinct, even intuitive.
Appropriation is like acknowledging then understanding and then in some
cases possessing, it is also territorial, and in most cases it must
change and become something else yet maintain an essence of its source,
its gene. Or it will not and cannot be seen, for it looses its reference
and linked-definition - so, the updating has re-contexutalised (yuk
word), has given it a new lease of life.
The proof is here, various people have explored their own definitions,
not only because they wished to support you but because - copying and
re-invention, re-recording is the act of reclaiming something. Making it
part of our their own, our own history, it was updated because it was
time to live once more, you were its carrier to fresh pastures...
>I keep saying to myself: Sampling is the Appropriation of the 21st century.
>So what are the differences? Some distinctions stand to be made.
>I'm beginning to realize that the plaintiff in my case regards Molotov as
>pure Appropriation; but I've been thinking about what I do as pure
>Sampling off the Web -- and that these two things describe our respective
>cultures. (The fact that I go on to paint my sampled bits with my eye/hand
>is probably just perverse). She hasn't yet made any distinctions between
>the two, but I'm bent on doing so.
>Here are a few thoughts that have crossed my mind since the beginning of
>- refers specifically to an artistic practice of the 20th century
>whereby other artworks (usually) are derived or copied wholesale with
>specific conceptual artistic intentions;
>- Appropriation usually functions in terms of "parody" or "comment" upon
>the original artwork;
>- Appropriation always draws attention to the fact or act of the
>appropriation, rather than to try to hide the fact; the act of
>appropriating is foregrounded in the resulting artwork.
>- Therefore, Appropriated artworks are always clearly and closely wedded
>to the original, rather than divorced from it; the idea is NOT to make
>something entirely new.
>- originally meant the taking--stealing--of short segments of
>pre-recorded music to be used and remixed in/as a new work;
>- the term "Sampling" is increasingly used to denote the use of
>pre-existing anything: film, photographs, logos, ads, texts, etc.,
>- One difference, therefore, is that Sampling makes use of not just
>pre-existing artworks, as does most of Appropriation, but of any or all
>material existing in the larger culture. Anything can be sampled. The
>increased use of Sampling is certainly a result of the ubiquity of the Web
>and digital copying, and the increasing cheapness and ease and ubiquity
>of the technology we use to access our "larger culture";
>- Sampling is always about taking found bits and pieces in order to make
>something entirely new. Remixes disregard and discard the context,
>the intended meaning/s and artistic import of the original work being
>sampled. Sampling is about creating something new, and not about
>commenting on an original.
>That's all I've got for now. Clearly the Joywar pieces are both
>Appropriations and Sampled Remixes, in varying degrees.
>Any thoughts/comments/disagreements ?
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