Oh, Airwave Divers
March 29, 2013
Scavenging isn’t just for surfaces. It’s a form of misremembering, of scraping something out of its accumulated and often forgotten context, and releasing it anew into the world. But misremembering is also a kind of creativity; when aspects and areas are recombined and reused, there can be enough of the old to strike a familiar chord, and enough of the new to thwart it. This mnemonic dissonance may be described as uncanny, and it applies as much to sound as to sight; perhaps more.
There’s plenty of treasure to be scavenged from the airwaves. But it’s not just treasure; it’s material, ripe for recombination. ReUse Aloud, a collaboration between curators Will Strong and Rosanna Skett, and Tyneside Cinema’s Pixel Palace, cap their month-long virtual occupancy of radio station basic.fm with a 24-hour remix marathon, featuring their provocative, listenable take on hits, misses, mixes, and mashups.
While appropriation within the arts existed previously, open source culture has accelerated the attainment and re-distribution of material. Data can easily be obtained from the online cache, re-appropriated and re-dispersed as new. We are part of the remix generation.
Chopped and changed, re-arranged and re-branded, collected and disseminated; the very essence of originality is being tested. Within this borderless exchange of data and ideas, artists choose to practice; gathering original sources and sowing the seed ‘remixed’. There is the potential to reach a wide audience quickly and work can be made cheaply or for free. Reuse Aloud questions; is work derived from a pre-existing, original source able to be unique on its own terms? Furthermore, when re-appropriating and publishing, can the titles ‘author’ and ‘owner’ apply?
Strong and Skett will be joined by Zoviet France, Novak, Yaron Golan, Hot Lava, Kipple Sounds, Lady Koo, David McDonald, Mike McHugh, Phil Ogg, Panic & Carousels, Pinealreverie, Mike Quille, Sheena Revolta, Julie Ward, Emma Whitehall, Sean Burn, Kirsten Luckens, Acid Police Noise Ensemble, Dustcutter, Kathryn Goodfellow & Marie Nixon, among others.
Should you be in the (North) (East) (England) area you can drop in for a more sculptural take on the performance proceedings. In cyberspace, just tune in to basic.fm/radio, where you can listen live online.
[animated gif by Jimmy Kipple Sound]