Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 7 pm
Remixing—the use of existing works to create new works—is more than just a style of electronic music. Remixing rather characterizes a meta-method that is becoming increasingly pivotal to all cultural practices. While many avant-garde movements of the twentieth century were concerned with processes of authorship decentering, the universal medium of the networked computer at the dawn of the twenty-first century turned it into a mass phenomenon. Felix Stalder will be presenting an overview of the ramifications of this changeover, which links questions of media-related development with a reconceptualization of authorship and with legal, economic, and sociopolitical dynamics.