Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Future of Détournement is Here

Here is a couple of unbelievable mashups composed from a myriad of youtube videos. They prove, among other things, that it is not necessary to sample canonical sources in order to mix them up into a new subversive composition. As Benjamin explains, the documents of the ruling class are documents of barbarism, and they remain as such even after they are being reused, by cutting and pasting them into a new, supposedly liberating, document. But what happens when your source material, your found object, is thoroughly devoid of any trace of such barbarism? Well, the answer, as those videos clearly show, is a new form of humanism.

Thru-You, by Kutiman

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