Monday, September 7, 2009

Wreck and Salvage - Remix and Reinvention

There are legitimate reasons for using copyrighted materials. In fact, the original purpose of copyright was to protect the creator of the work from theft and to provide a means, after a period of time, to allow the transferring of a creative work into the public domain.

It was understood that creative materials could be transformed and re-mixed into new media and works of art. It was only recently, and at the behest of major media corporations, that the length of time between copyright and transfer into the public domain were changed.

Wreck and Salvage has been re-mixing and re-purposing all kinds of content into new works of art. This is an example of a multi-level mashup between the past, present and the forces of change.

Five Minutes to Live, Four Minutes to Save the World from wreckandsalvage on Vimeo.

The name of this piece is Five Minutes to Live, Four Minutes to Save the World and features Johnny Cash, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, and Timberland.

 You can find this and many more works of video art on their website or you can visit their Vimeo page by clicking the link under the video.

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