Curating, Remixing, and Migrating Archived “Muse Files”

Authored by: Paul Dougherty

The Routledge Handbook of Remix Studies and Digital Humanities

Print publication date:  February  2021
Online publication date:  February  2021

Print ISBN: 9780367361426
eBook ISBN: 9780429355875
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Remix practice for me has been inextricably linked to collecting and archiving images, audio, and video. In retrospect, I started my remix practice by collecting magazine images and posting them on my wall. As I developed this practice, there was a purpose to my archiving items into a “muse file” that would inspire and fuel new work. I came to understand that my earliest creative experiments, which combined inspiration with more direct appropriation, reflected a longstanding artistic tradition. Seeding that awareness were collages in punk ‘zines in the 1970s, which had art historical influences reaching back to the avant-garde of the 1910s, including Russian Constructivism, photomontage, and the Dadaists “anti-art” spirit. Over time I would come to appreciate other influential progenitors for my cut-ups such as Pop Art and Wallace Berman.

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