Re: Mash-ups (and ready-mades)

From: Stephen Morgan (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Jan 05 2010 - 05:07:06 PST

It all depends on exactly what you're talking about, I suppose.

In the first half of the 1980s, a bunch of young 'anti-artists' in the UK,
some influenced by hip-hop turntablism, started appropriating 'found
footage' in a practice which became known as 'Scratch Video'.

Andy Lipman wrote an interesting piece entitled 'Scratch and Run' for City
Limits in 1984, which can be found here:


On Tue, Jan 5, 2010 at 7:32 AM, Fred Camper <email suppressed> wrote:

> I'd like to question the use of the term "mash-up."
> I remember being startled a few years back by an article in "Wired"
> magazine that referred to Arthur Lipsett's films as "mash-ups."
> The term itself suggests its origin in pop music, and an informality, a
> rapidity of construction perhaps, that feels, to me, thoroughly wrong for
> Lipsett's films, or, say, Brakhage's "Murder Psalm." "Found footage films"
> or "collage films" are already-existing terms that seem better.
> Of course there may also be more recent videos for which the term "mash-up"
> is appropriate, and of course I understand that some may disagree with me
> and go on using the term for all such films.
> Fred Camper
> Chicago
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