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Art, Media Design, and Postproduction

Open Guidelines on Appropriation and Remix

By Eduardo Navas

© 2018 – Focal Press

256 pages | 125 Color Illus.

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Art, Media Design, and Postproduction: Open Guidelines on Appropriation and Remix offers a set of open-ended guidelines for art and design studio-based projects. The creative application of appropriation and remix are now common across creative disciplines due to the ongoing recycling and repurposing of content and form. Consequently basic elements which were previously exclusive to postproduction for editing image, sound and text, are now part of daily communication. This in turn pushes art and design to reconsider their creative methodologies.

Author Eduardo Navas divides his book into three parts: Media Production, Metaproduction, and Postproduction. The chapters that comprise the three parts each include an introduction, goals for guidelines of a studio-based project, which are complemented with an explanation of relevant history, as well as examples and case studies. Each set of guidelines is open-ended, enabling the reader to repurpose the instructional material according to their own methodologies and choice of medium. Navas also provides historical and theoretical context to encourage critical reflection on the effects of remix in the production of art and design.

Art, Media Design, and Postproduction: Open Guidelines on Appropriation and Remix is the first book of guidelines to take into account the historical, theoretical, and practical context of remix as an interdisciplinary act. It is an essential read for those interested in remix studies and appropriation in art, design and media.

Table of Contents


List of Figures


Part 1: Media Production

1. Randomized Signification – Elements for Exchange

2. Analogized Codification – Mashups of Image and Text

3. Sampling Creativity – Material Sampling and Cultural Citation

4. Vectorial Pixels – Visual Aesthetics of Binary Code

5. Bifurcated Meaning – Infliction of Statements

Essay: Modernism and Media Production

Part 2: Metaproduction

6. Domesticated Noise – Manipulation of Sound

7. Visual Aurality – Image and Sound as Data

8. Versioning Time-Based Media – Reedits of Video and Sound

9. Time-Based Media in Physical Space – Loops in Video and Sound Installations

10. The Assemblage Gaze – Of Media and Humans

Essay: Postmodernism and Metaproduction

Part 3: Postproduction

11. Media Mashups – Appropriation and Remix of Image, Sound, and Text

12. Regenerative Motion – Correlated Time Based Media

13. Regenerative Data – Aesthetics of Data Driven Objects

14. Distributed Collaboration – Collective Work Across Networks

15. Aesthetics of Negation – The Negative Selective Process

Essay: The Prefix and Postproduction


About the Author

Eduardo Navas teaches on the principles of cultural analytics and digital humanities at The Pennsylvania State University, researching the creative and political role of recyclability and remix in art, media and culture. He has lectured across the US, and has published two books on remix studies.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
DESIGN / Graphic Arts / General