Deciphering Culture

A “REMIXhibition” experiment — online media as social objects

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Andrew Dubber of the Interactive Cultures research centre at the Birmingham School of Media at Birmingham City University in the U.K. is inviting bloggers and creative artists to take an image, slogan or sign and respond to it. Based on the idea that people use online media as “social objects” upon which to base online conversation, Dubber is posting photos and video online to spur dialogue. Dubber’s article Fight the Power: The Art of Protest and the Theory of Social Objects is well worth reading for its access to this “remix” experiment, its theoretical exposition and its discussion of the Fight The Power REMIXhibition of Punch Records at the Custard Factory in Birmingham (in the heart of that city’s new arts & media quarter).

The internet is not a broadcast medium – and nor is it a ‘revolutionized’ older medium. It is instead a conversational space – and there are two main categories of object within that space: the conversation, and the things about which the conversation is taking place. By repositioning exhibited works and media artefacts that spring from that exhibition as individual and decontextualised social objects, the aim is to provoke conversation within that space. (to read the rest).

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Written by Jeffrey Callen

June 3, 2010 at 8:29 am

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  1. Hi Jeffrey – I’m “Fight the Power”‘s curator, and pleasantly surprised that you and Andrew are so interested in the Remixhibtions concept. If only you were funders! I’ve culled the best text I’ve written previously from our (unsuccessful) funding bids, which might give you an idea where we’re coming from.
    http://docs.google.com/View?id=ddv4rr8t_351dk9pr4cb

    Simon Redgrave

    June 4, 2010 at 12:32 am


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