Rolling in the Beats. Image courtesy of Ithaca Audio.

Cut Up

June 29–October 14, 2013
In the Amphitheater Gallery

Organized by Jason Eppink, Associate Curator of Digital Media

From supercuts to mashups to remixes, Cut Up celebrates the practice of re-editing popular media to create new work, presenting contemporary videos by self-taught editors and emerging artists alongside landmarks of historic and genre-defining reappropriation.

Easy access to editing tools and distribution platforms now gives more people than ever before the opportunity to respond to the commercial products that shape our cultural dialogues. By plumbing a vast shared vocabulary of image and sound, audiences can express affiliation, criticize, or construct entirely new content using popular media as raw material. Re-edited videos are created and shared online daily by publics that spend increasing amounts of social time in front of networked screens. As the distinction between consumer and participant becomes ever more fluid, re-editing popular media has emerged as a common way of participating in a shared cultural conversation.

The exhibition presents a selection of short-form video works that take movies, music videos, television series, and news broadcasts as their source material, focusing on genres and techniques that have emerged online over the past decade and their on- and offline precedents.

On View
supercut »
”Buffies” by Chuck Jones (2002)
”Fargo - Yeah” by Alex Kosutic and Antoine Manceaux (2006)
”Big Lebowski - Every Single Dude” by Tanner Stauss (2007)
”I’m Not Here to Make Friends” by Rich Juzwiak (2008)
”Let’s Enhance” by Duncan Robson (2009)
”Kramer’s Entrance” by Tyler Creviston (2009)
”Holy Robin Compilation” by David Irons (2009)
”Blah Blah Blah” by Alex Brown (2010)
”Star Wars: Chewbacca Supercut” by Curt Hanks (2011)
”Every Single Michael Bay Explosion” by Jimmy Barr (2011)
”Iron Chef America - SECRET INGREDIENT” by MrEh (2011)
”Sorkinisms: A Super Cut” by Kevin Porter (2012)
recut trailer »
“Kill Christ” by Spencer Somers (2003)
”Shining” by Robert Ryang (2005)
”10 Things I Hate About Commandments” by Mike Dow and Ari Eisner (2006)
”Mrs Doubtfire” by Rob McLoughlin (2006)
”Sleepless in Seattle” by Demis Lyall-Wilson (2006)
“Brokeback to the Future” by Patrick De Nicola and Jonathan Ade (2006)
”Scary Mary” by Chris Rule (2006)
songification »
“Alice” by Pogo (2007)
“Auto-Tune the News #6: Michael Jackson. drugs. Palin.” by The Gregory Brothers (2009)
“Beam Up The Bass” by Addictive TV (2009)
“Lionel Ritchie’s ‘Hello’” by Matthijs Vlot (2012)
“GUNS” by Eclectic Method (2012)
trackjacking »
“Cinderella+++” by Eileen Maxson (2002)
“G.I. Joe PSA #3: Body Massage” by Fensler Films (2003)
“G.I. Joe PSA #5: Ice” by Fensler Films (2003)
“G.I. Joe PSA #7: Porkchop Sandwiches” by Fensler Films (2003)
Wizard People, Dear Reader (excerpt, ch 12) by Brad Neely (2004)
“I’m the Juggernaut, Bitch!” by Randy Hayes and Xavier Nazario (2005)
“Total Eclipse of the Heart (Literal Video Version)” by David A. Scott (2012)
“The NFL: A Bad Lip Reading” by Bad Lip Reading (2013)
recompositing »
“Gimme the Mermaid” by Negativland (2005)
“‘Charlie Rose’ by Samuel Beckett” by Andrew Filippone Jr. (2008)
Hollywood Burn trailer by Soda_Jerk with Sam Smith (2011)
“Walt Disney’s Taxi Driver” by Bryan Boyce (2012)
vidding »
“Both Sides Now” by Kandy Fong (1980)
“Tempers of Revenge” by MVD and Caren Parnes (1984)
“Data’s Dream” by Shadow Songs (1994)
“A Fannish Taxonomy of Hotness (Hot Hot Hot)” by Sandy and Rache (2005)
“I Put You There” by Laura Shapiro and Lithiumdoll (2006)
“Vogue (300)” by Luminosity (2007)