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Remix Pedagogy

EAPSU Cyber Performances Panel - 26 October 2007

Kenneth Sherwood
Associate Professor of English
Indiana University of PA


The text is experienced only in an activity, in a production.”

Barthes, Roland. “From Work to Text,” The Rustle of Language NY: Hill and Wang, 1987. 58

Art is sourced. Apprentices graze in the field of culture. Digital sampling is an art method like any other, neutral in itself. Despite hand-wringing at each technological turn—radio, the Internet—the future will be much like the past. . . . Any text is woven entirely with citations, references, echoes, cultural languages, which cut across it through and through in a vast stereophony. . . . There is no thread that is not a twist of these two strands. By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote. Neurological study has lately shown that memory, imagination, and consciousness itself is stitched, quilted, pastiched. If we cut-and-paste our selves, might we not forgive it of our artworks?Artists and writers—and our advocates, our guilds and agents—too often subscribe to implicit claims of originality that do injury to these truths. . . . But the truth is that with artists pulling on one side and corporations pulling on the other, the loser is the collective public imagination from which we were nourished in the first place, and whose existence as the ultimate repository of our offerings makes the work worth doing in the first place.

Jonathan Lethem. “The ecstasy of influence: A plagiarism.” Harper’s Magazine. (2007): 59-71. 25 October 2007 <http://www.harpers.org/archive/2007/02/0081387>.

  1. Introducing Remix Pedagogy
  2. What is an audio podcast?
  3. What is distinctive about literary podcasts and why listen?
  4. Production! Or, Literary podcasts and why should students make them?
  5. Audio Examples and Production Tools