Conceptual poetry/literature takes many shapes and forms. Lately, the big, radical statement seems to encompass lifting words/text from primary sources (newspapers, novels, sidewalk advertisements, etc. ) and re-imagining/restructuring/shuffling them to create new art. (See conceptual writing.) Again, this is a form of sampling, which—as I have already noted—is virtually de rigueur in the wild world of hip hop. It’s been practiced, of course, in fine art as well, for decades (i.e. Warhol). Now that narrative […]
The computer will not kill the book, but liberate it. By relieving the book of its lexical responsibility, the computer will do for the book what photography did for painting two centuries ago; allow it to become a self-reflexive discipline, an investigation of medium and format and content and history whose resonance deepens and complectifies, spawning experiments and arguments, contradictions and unanticipated pathways to entirely new artistic possibilities.–Peter Frank from The Last Vispo. For a few […]
When I think of “appropriation” the first person I think of is Kanye West. Regardless of what you think about the man’s music, or his chops, he’s a master of appropriation. I’m not even sure he’s familiar with some of the music he’s sampling. But let’s forego such bourgeois sentimentality for a moment, and call it what it is– stealing. And, that’s okay. I know it’s been drummed into our heads that stealing is wrong. […]
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