Cutting Across Media: Appropriation Art, Interventionist Collage, and Copyright Law

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Kembrew McLeod, Rudolf Kuenzli
Duke University Press, Aug 5, 2011 - Art - 361 pages
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In this collection of essays, leading academics, critics, and artists historicize collage and appropriation tactics that cut across diverse media and genres. They take up issues of appropriation in the popular and the avant-garde, in altered billboards and the work of the renowned painter Chris Ofili, in hip-hop and the compositions of Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály, and in audio mash-ups, remixed news broadcasts, pranks, culture jamming, and numerous other cultural forms. The borrowing practices that they consider often run afoul of intellectual property regimes, and many of the contributors address the effects of copyright and trademark law on creativity. Among the contributors are the novelist and essayist Jonathan Lethem, the poet and cultural critic Joshua Clover, the filmmaker Craig Baldwin, the hip-hop historian Jeff Chang, the ’zine-maker and sound collage artist Lloyd Dunn, and Negativland, the infamous collective that was sued in 1991 for sampling U2 in a satirical sound collage. Cutting Across Media is both a serious examination of collage and appropriation practices and a celebration of their transformative political and cultural possibilities.

Contributors. Craig Baldwin, David Banash, Marcus Boon, Jeff Chang, Joshua Clover, Lorraine Morales Cox, Lloyd Dunn, Philo T. Farnsworth, Pierre Joris, Douglas Kahn, Rudolf Kuenzli, Rob Latham, Jonathan Lethem, Carrie McLaren, Kembrew McLeod, Negativland, Davis Schneiderman, David Tetzlaff, Gábor Vályi, Warner Special Products, Eva Hemmungs Wirtén

 

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Contents

An Introduction to Cutting Across Media
1
On the Source of the Infinite Proliferation of Mutant Copies in Contemporary Culture
24
An Interview with Siva Vaidhyanathan
38
Convolute Uii
51
PhotoStatic Magazine and the Rise of the Casual Publisher
57
An Appropriated Oral History of The Tapebeatles
76
Ambiguity and Theft
84
Where Does Sad News Come From?
94
A Photo Essay
178
On the Seamlessly Nomadic Future of Collage
185
The Collage Aesthetic of Chris Ofili
199
Bartók and Kodály in the Age of Indigenous Cultural Rights
219
Creativity Diversity and Freedom of Expression in the Network Society
237
Toward a MetaCritique of Intellectual Property
252
Collage as Practice and Metaphor in Popular Culture
264
The Visual Culture of New Wave Science Fiction
276

Excerpts from Two Relationships to a Cultural Public Domain
117
William S Burroughs dJ Danger Mouse and the Politics of Grey Tuesday
132
An Interview with Public Enemys Chuck D and Hank Shocklee
152
A Cease and Desist Letter from Attorneys Representing Philip Glass
158
Getting Snippety
160
A Forgotten History of Digital Sampling Infringement Copyright Liberation and the End of Recorded Music
164
A Conversation with Jonathan Lethem
290
A Plagiarism
298
Bibliography
327
Contributors
341
Index
345
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Kembrew McLeod is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa. He is the author of Freedom of Expression®: Resistance and Repression in the Age of Intellectual Property and Owning Culture: Authorship, Ownership, and Intellectual Property Law, and co-creator of the documentary film Copyright Criminals. McLeod and Peter DiCola are the authors of Creative License: The Law and Culture of Digital Sampling, also published by Duke University Press.

Rudolf Kuenzli is Professor of Comparative Literature and English at the University of Iowa, where he is the Director of the International Dada Archive.

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