Like other programs in SFIFF's new Spotlight: KinoTek, International Remix reinvigorates essential ideas about modern media production and use through the lens of technology. The program allows Festival Web site visitors to reedit, repurpose, remix and mash up an array of clips from selected Festival films. Remixes are then posted back to the site for others to view and enjoy.
Apart from being a total hoot and a chance for people to mess around with the films that they have come to know through the SFIFF 49, the program does have a historical-cultural angle as well. These days, academic types would call the International Remix media mashups "social media" or "user-generated content".
The program also pays homage to a lineage of cut-and-paste sensibilities that pervade modern media aesthetics, echoing many experiments in cut-up artistic practice such as Kuleshov, Eisenstein and Dziga Vertov's film tests and Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray's Dadaist use of ready-mades and absurd juxtapositions. These early experiments (and others like them) helped pave the way for the powerful artistic concept known as montage, which itself has been repurposed and remixed over the years through contemporary practices such as pastiche aesthetics, collage and mashups, which, in turn, owe a huge debt to the breakout of hip-hop turntablism in the early 1970s.
It is in the spirit of such unexpected, vital and fun innovations that we offer you International Remix. This program was developed in collaboration with Yahoo! Research Berkeley and the Institute for Next Generation Internet at San Francisco State University. Besides the online gallery, a selection of the best remixes will screen at Edinburgh Castle.
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Yahoo! Research Berkeley
The technology and design featured in International Remix are a research prototype developed by Yahoo! Research Berkeley and not a "certified" Yahoo! product. Yahoo! Research Berkeley hosts and powers the International Remix site and tools in partnership with SFFS and INGI.
Yahoo! Research Berkeley is a new research partnership between Yahoo! Inc. and the University of California at Berkeley to explore and invent social media and mobile media technology and applications that will enable people to create, describe, find, share, and remix media on the web.
For more information: research.yahoo.com/berkeley
Institute for Next Generation Internet
San Francisco State University's Institute for Next Generation Internet is leading an effort in the Bay Area to bring Next Generation Internet access and applications to a unique partnership of educational institutions, government agencies, major corporations, small businesses, and community-based organizations.
For more information: www.cel.sfsu.edu/institute/index.html
This program is presented in association with MOD Films.
MOD Films makes re-mixable films and tools for film re-use. Sustainable Story Systems.
For more information: http://modfilms.com
The audio soundtracks used by International Remix are created by Marc Capelle and Monte Vallier.
For more information: www.tarmacmusic.com
The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros
A Drive Thru Society
The Giant Buddhas
The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai
Hide & Seek
Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple
Never Live Above a Psychic
The Pretty Boy Project
Roberto the Insect Architect
Seeds of Doubt
A Short Film About the Indio Nacional (Or The Prolonged Sorrow of Filipinos)
The Silent Holy Stones
Slip of the Tongue
Taking Father Home