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RIP.MIX.BURN.BAM.PFA celebrates the cultural and artistic practice of remix, inviting guest artists to “rip, mix, and burn” elements from two digital-media works in the museum’s collection—Ken Goldberg’s Ouija 2000 and Valéry Grancher’s 24h00—resulting in new artistic creations. Drawing from the open-source software tradition, with the permission of artists Goldberg and Grancher, the remix artists may alter or revise original code or media files from the source works, or they may choose to take a more conceptual route, remixing some of the methods or behaviors of the originals into their own new works. The artworks will also be available via the exhibition website at bampfa.berkeley.edu/ripmixburn for the public to download and remix.
Remix as artistic practice has a long history, with roots in appropriations like Marcel Duchamp’s mustachioed postcard of the Mona Lisa and Andy Warhol’s images of Campbell’s soup cans, works that question the nature of originality. The world of digital technology also has a history of the remix. The Internet has allowed people to illegally download commercial and creative works from music to movies, but it has also allowed a parallel practice to evolve, in which programmers share open-source code with each other for a larger public good.
RIP.MIX.BURN.BAM.PFA is a cultural experiment that applies the advantages of digital media and the spirit of open-source generosity to museum permanent collections. The artworks in the exhibition are highly original and each stands on its own, yet each is also a link in a long artistic chain of giving and taking.
Digital Media Director and Adjunct Curator