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13 APRIL 2017

Sonic Outlaws Documentary (1995)

"Sonic Outlaws, a fragmented, gleefully anarchic documentary by Craig Baldwin, approaches this incident from several directions. Some of the film is about the legal nightmare that ensued from Negativland's little joke. In a highly publicized case, U2's label, Island Records, charged Negativland with copyright and trademark infringement for appropriating the letter U and the number 2, even though U2 had in turn borrowed its name from the Central Intelligence Agency. SST then dropped Negativland, suppressed the record and demanded that the group pay legal fees. Trying to remain solvent, Negativland sent out a barrage of letters and legal documents that are now collected in 'Fair Use', an exhaustive, weirdly fascinating scrapbook about the case.

Sonic Outlaws covers some of the same territory while also expanding upon the ideas behind Negativland's guerilla recording tactics. Guerilla is indeed the word, since these and other appropriation artists see themselves as engaged in real warfare, inundated by the commercial airwaves, infuriated by the propaganda content of much of what they hear and see, these artists strike back by rearranging contexts as irreverently as possible. Their technological capabilities are awesome enough to mean no sound or image is tamper-proof today."

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1995 • Alan Korn • anarchic documentary • appropriation art • appropriation artist • audio collage • Bill Daniel • billboard bandit • bone-dry educational film • Casey Kasem • cellular phone scanner • Chris Grigg • commercial airwaves • copyright infringement • Craig Baldwin • cultural criticismculture jamming • David Wills • documentary collage • Don Joyce • Doug Kahnfair usefound footage • guerilla recording tactics • guerrilla tactics • independent rock band • John Heck • John Oswald • Josh Pearson • Linda Morgan Brown • Lloyd Dunn • Lone Ranger • Mark Hosler • media jammer • media piracy • media recontextualisation • multimedia plagiarism • music samplingNegativland • noise maker • Paul Neff • pirated audiotape • public information film • Public Works Productions • Ralph Johnson • recontextualisation • Richard Lyons • Roger CormanRonald Reagan • sample based artist • sampled music • satirical samplings • Silly Putty • sly commentary • Sonic Outlaws Documentary (1995) • stealing ideas • subversive fun • tape music • Tape-Beatles • trademark infringement • U-2 spy plane • U2 (band) • video collage

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Simon Perkins
11 APRIL 2017

This Unruly: a repository of video cut-ups (clips and literature reviews)

This Unruly is an evolving web repository of theory and practice related to recombinatory video appropriation practices involving video re-purposing, re-mixing, collage and cut-up techniques. The site includes examples of YouTube clips as well as a literature review of articles and academic papers, which relate to the subject. Content within the site has been organised using a provisional taxonomy that centres on formal aesthetic, creative and experimental features. In doing so this marks a departure from more conventional approaches, which generally seek to locate works according to established art historical developments and stylistic conventions. The site, which was created by Simon Perkins is an extension to posts about the practice of video cut-ups that were initially made to the Folksonomy.co in 2016.

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advertising hijacking • appropriation practices • cut-up techniquecut-up videosdesign formalismdetournement • detournement publicitaire • DIY medialiterature review • media hijacking • media rerouting • parody rebootparody versionparody video remixespolitical remix video • provisional taxonomy • recombinatory practice • recombinatory video appropriation practices • reinscription through omission • remix video • reorder • Simon PerkinsSimpsonwave aestheticsongifysupercutsupercut mashup • The Reorder Project • ThisUnruly • trackjacking • trailer remix • transformative video remixvaporwave aestheticviddingvideo collage • video cut-up • video cut-up techniques • video hijacking • video re-cut • video re-mixing • video re-purposing • video reinterpretationvideo remixvideo repurposing • web repository • YouTube clips

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Simon Perkins
11 APRIL 2017

Quadrupedal and skipping motion walk cycles by Felix Sputnik

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animal locomotion • animating walking motion • animationanimation referenceanimatoranthropomorphismbodycharacter animationdog • Felix Sputnik • footfall pattern • four feet walking • four legs • four limbs or legs • four-legged animalsgirlhand drawn outlinehuman bodyhuman motioninertiamotion studiesmovementobjects in motion • pronograde posture • quadrupedquadruped animation • quadruped locomotion • quadrupedal manner • quadrupedal movement • quadrupedalism • quadrupeds • skip animation • skipping motion • terrestrial locomotion • vertebrate animals • walk cyclewalking

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Simon Perkins
10 APRIL 2017

The Story of Skinhead with Don Letts

"This thoughtful, troubling film from Don Letts shows how a joyful movement became hijacked by thugs and bigots. To the point where even the title of this programme will be off-putting to some. But the precursor to all the hooliganism was a teen obsession with Jamaican ska. Kevin Rowland recalls, 'We saw the Pioneers, we saw Desmond Dekker and we loved them. It was completely multiracial.' And Letts is at pains to celebrate both the fashion before the fascism – reflected in increasingly ugly 70s archive – and the style revival."

(Mark Braxton)

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1960s • 2 Tone • BBC Four • British inner cities • British subculture • British youth culture • Caribbean music • clothing fashioncouncil estatecounterculturecultural codes • cultural collision • cultural signals • Desmond Dekker • disaffected youth • DJ Don Letts • Doc Martens • Don Letts • dressing up • Harrington jacket • identity performanceimmigrantinner city • Kevin Rowland • late 60s • mods and rockers • moral panic • multicultural harmony • nationalism • neo-nazism • Pauline Black • pop culturepunk rockracismreggaerockumentary • rude boy • rudeboy • Sex PistolsSham 69 • ska • skinheadstreet fashionsubcultureteddy boyteenage rebelliontelevision documentary • The Roxy (nightclub) • The Story of Skinhead (2016) • urban clothingworking class cultureyouth cultureyouth subculture • youth tribes

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Simon Perkins
25 MARCH 2017

Lights Out: scary low-budget horror short film becomes feature

"Based on a short film made for a UK-based film challenge by Swedish director David F. Sandberg and his wife Lotta Losten, the two were more than surprised that their 162-second movie—that didn't win best film—went viral, generating the attention of millions, including Hollywood and famed horror producer James Wan."

(Catherine Chapman, 29 April 2016, The Creators Project)

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20132016bedroom • bedtime • blanket • bogeyman • bogieman • boogeyman • boogie man • continental quilt • creepy • David F Sandberg • demonic presencedisturbing tale • doona • duvet • fear of the dark • fear of the unknownfilmmakinghiding in the darkhorror filmhorror genre • in the dark • James Wan • Lights Out (2013) • Lights Out (2016) • Lotta Losten • low-budget film • monster in the dark • mysterious presence • paranormal • scary • seeing things • short film • short horror film • sound and imagestrangerSwedish filmmaker • under the blanket • when the lights go out

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Simon Perkins
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