Remix cinema Workshop

March 24-25th 2011; Oxford Internet Institute (University of Oxford, UK).
The Remix Cinema workshop is organised by the Oxford Internet Institute, (University of Oxford, UK) in collaboration with UNIA Prácticas y Culturas.
Digitales (Universidad Internacional de Andalucía, ES), and is funded by the UK’s Art and Humanities Research Council’s (AHRC) Beyond Text programme and Antoni Roig from mediaccions is participating in the event as a keynote speaker.

Website: www.remixcinema.org

In August 2010, the remix movie Star wars uncut was the first user-generated production to win an Emmy Award. Other online platforms such as Wreckamovie.com  enable online communities to form for independent and open source film making, harnessing distributed forms of collaborative co-creation rather than relying on traditional organisational structures. Cloud-based editing suites have begun appearing: Stroome.com  was launched in April 2010 by USC Annenberg with the tag-line “mix it up. mash it out”. Digitalised photos, videos, and sound, easily accessible through popular websites, constitute a diverse online repository of content that is being used for artistic remix purposes. Recently, the Electronic Frontier Foundation won a court case  giving exemptions from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) anticircumvention provisions to amateur remix video artists sharing their works on e.g. YouTube. VJ’s and live cinema artists (e.g. DjSpooky, Eclectic Method  or SOLU) have permeated multiple cultural settings, ranging from mainstream contexts of entertainment to museums and other spaces devoted to the institutionalisation of art practices.

The examples outlined are just a few fitting under the umbrella term of “Remix Cinema”, and point to ways in which networked devices and resources
are facilitating new artistic audiovisual practices and cultures. The concept of ‘remix’ describes a broad set of social and cultural practices centred around the fragmentation and re-ordering of already existing and new content, whether text, sound or images. This 2-day multi-disciplinary
workshop focuses on these diverse creative practices, particularly in the context of the contemporary socio-technical media environment. It brings
together people interested in understanding and shaping remix cinema: doctoral students, established scholars, practising artists, and anyone else
interested in addressing themes related to questions including:

– How is the contemporary media-scape influencing artistic audio-visual
creation?
– What can we learn from the changing practices in remix cinema?
– How are new models of economic support (e.g. crowdfunding) changing
productions of cultural objects?
– What methodological and theoretical challenges arise in empirical
studies on remix cinema, and how do we overcome these?