Screening of the documentary about remix culture and copyright law, followed by a talk by Paul Rapp
Friday, June 12 - Doors open @ 6PM
June 12, 2009through June 13, 2009
Who owns our culture? Should ideas and creations be locked into gilded cages to maximize profit, or set free to breed strange new forms? That’s the central question in RiP: A remix manifesto which we will be screening at Carrie Haddad Photographs on Friday June 12. Web activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor explores issues of copyright in the information age, mashing up the media landscape of the 20th century and shattering the wall between users and producers.
The film’s central protagonist is Girl Talk, a mash-up musician topping the charts with his sample-based songs. But is Girl Talk a paragon of people power or the Pied Piper of piracy? Creative Commons founder, Lawrence Lessig, Brazil’s Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil and pop culture critic Cory Doctorow are also along for the ride.
A participatory media experiment, from day one, Brett shares his raw footage at http://www.opensourcecinema.org, for anyone to remix. This movie-as-mash-up method allows these remixes to become an integral part of the film. With RiP: A remix manifesto, Gaylor and Girl Talk sound an urgent alarm and draw the lines of battle.
The free screening starts at 7 p.m. at Carrie Haddad Photographs, 318 Warren Street. Come early for wine and DVD + CD giveaways; stay late for a special talk with Paul Rapp, an intellectual property lawyer and writer who teaches art & entertainment law at Albany Law School and MCLA, and writes for Metroland. (http://www.paulrapp.com + http://rapponthis.blogspot.com/)
Also on view for the evening will be photography and video works whose integration and appropriation of popular culture, art history, politics, and design, builds off precedents set by artists such as Hannah Höch, Man Ray, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol.