"Clean Cut" Exhibition

Electronic Arts Intermix

poster for "Clean Cut" Exhibition

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The re-edit and the remix have become increasingly important strategies for artists working with appropriated moving images. In the era of YouTube and affordable, user-friendly video editing software, a minimalist approach to reworking appropriated material has emerged. What is the most economical way to make something new from something old?
Eschewing collage, the artists in this program choose to make works by refashioning a single piece of found video or film, such as a Hollywood action movie, a '70s sitcom, or a low-resolution video clip. Though recalling Internet fan edits and exercises encountered in film school editing classes, these remixes and re-edits by artists are driven by conceptual or formal investigations. Reduction is the key to these works. The artists take existing footage and apply a single, often rigorous strategy to it. Some employ reductive editing, carving out surprising new meanings or narratives. Others manipulate duration or structure, stretching time or compressing it to draw out latent themes.
This minimalist approach to altering appropriated media has recently proliferated. New digital tools make finding, appropriating, and re-editing media fast, easy, and accessible. These artists take a similar approach, employing an economy of means to create new forms of cultural critique and media intervention.


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