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#021 FOUND FOOTAGE

In this program we dig deeper into IMPAKT’s archive to discover found footage artists and the transition happening in the discourses of the technique, namely its transformation into remix videos. The programme is remixed by Petra Albu

Found footage has popped up many times in the IMPAKT Festival’s repertoire throughout the 25 years of its existence. Most prominently, the Found Footage Festival from the USA made an appearance in 2012. An article in Frieze magazine online says that the FFF “best exemplifies how a trove of archival detritus can be reinterpreted in any number of directions”.

Found footage implies a devotion to find the hidden meanings in video material. It plays with the marginal, or with counter-cultural meaning excavated from culturally iconic footage. With the advent of the digital and Web 2.0 technologies, the sharing and creation of works that are reminiscent of the found footage movement has been democratized. Remix is the act of rearranging, combining, editorializing and adding to the originals to create something entirely new. Today’s audience is not listening or watching , it is participating. Remix is the very nature of the digital.

The Compiler collection reflects critically on the creation of versions and remixes, the use of found footage and the reinterpretation of past events and artefacts. In this way, it relates to the methods of media archeology or the use of archival material to create new meanings in the context of digital media and media art. The possibility to approach old material in this manner is thanks to the dissemination of tools able to modify digital images and sounds. Added to that the sheer infinte availability of online source material and the many dedicated amateur artists. The growing tendency among amateurs to pursue image manipulation and remix techniques and the dissemination of these aesthetic practices throughout the Internet sheds new light on the contemporary and historical use of these practices in the art world, particularly among the artists who explore net-art.

There is a creative imperative in contemporary consumerist culture to be a prosumer as new media theorist, Henry Jenkins, put it. Not only a passive consumer but an active producer. But there is the issue of copyright with these user-generated materials. The concepts of authorship and originality are still floating around in our discourse. Therefore, the Compiler Collection of which we feature several videos brings together works that address the production of versions.

Films in this programme

Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies under America 1991
Craig Baldwin
(USA 1999, 48:47 MINS)
Tribulation 99 is one of the most complex North American found footage films out there. It is a pseudo pseudo-documentary that engages...
Body Magic
John Michael Boling & Javier Morales
(USA 2006, 2:33 MINS)
This video shows a re-edited version of found footage of dancing teenagers from a TV show sponsored by Barbie. The artists added their...
YOU’RE NOT MY FATHER
PAUL SLOCUM
(USA 2007, 4:24 MINS)
The artist searched on the internet for people who were willing to reenact a short sequence from the 1990s TV show “Full House”. He...
(IF I CAN SING A SONG ABOUT) LIGATURES
ABIGAIL CHILD
(USA 2009, 5:23 MINS)
Exploring the relationship between text and image, (If I Can Sing a Song About) Ligatures focuses on how text turns into an image, spins...
SPECTRES OF THE SPECTRUM
CRAIG BALDWIN
(USA 1999, 1:31:14 MINS)
Craig Baldwin’s Spectres of the Spectrum is an assault to the senses, in the best possible way. We are bombarded with images and...
OUTER SPACE
PETER TSCHERKASSKY
(ITALY 1999, 9:35 MINS)
Tscherkassky’s is a different approach to remixing footage. His is reworking his material in a way that it aids his storytelling and...
UNFORTUNATE DISCOVERY BEHIND A REGRETTABLE INVENTION
PATRICK WARD
(UK 2011, 3:10 MINS)
As the title suggest, Patrick Ward explores the skewing of reality by technology. The little dot that appears in the footage is...