Biomythography: Reflexive Remix
1. Taking parts from different sources and mixes them aiming for autonomy.
- Eduardo Navas,
Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary
Digital Studio at Penn State
The exhibition Biomythography: Reflexive Remix is the 6th in a series of exhibitions curated by Chris Christion and Jessica Wimbley that seek to investigate biomythography as a visual arts practice. In her seminal piece Zami: A New Spelling of My Name Audre Lorde, a self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” defined the term Biomythography, as “combining elements of history, biography, and myth."
A remix is defined as a piece of media that has been altered from its original state by adding, removing, and/or changing pieces of the item. A song, piece of artwork, book, video, or photograph can all be remixes. The only characteristic of a remix is that it appropriates and changes other materials to create something new. In terms of discourse, postmodernism (metaphorically speaking) remixed modernism to expose how art is defined by ideologies and histories that are constantly revised. The contemporary artwork, as well as any media product, is a conceptual and formal collage of previous ideologies, critical philosophies, and formal artistic investigations extended to new media. As the remix has evolved to vacillate between cultural product and cultural phenomenon, the nuances within the act of creating and defining the remix becomes increasingly complex.
Featuring the works of artists who engage in the act of remixing by fragmenting chronology, uniformity, and narrative to expose a multi-faceted, mediated, dimensional, and mutable consideration of identity and history Biomythography: Reflexive Remix explores a style of remix known as reflexive. Defined by Eduardo Navas the reflexive style “allegorizes and extends the aesthetic of sampling, where the remixed version challenges the “spectacular aura” of the original and claims autonomy even when it carries the name of the original; materials is added or deleted, but the original tracks are largely left intact to be recognizable.
Artists in the exhibition engage in the postmodernists’ assertions of reflexive remixing within their practice through the application of collection, archiving, sourcing, collage, and assemblage, creating alternative narratives and identities based on amalgamations of found images, objects, and the insertion of the artist's hand.
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