Collage Videos

Keith Sanborn, The Artwork in the Age of Its Mechanical Reproducibility by Walter Benjamin as told to Keith Sanborn, 1996, 3 min. Anonymous, The Grey Video, 2004, 3 min.
Brian Boyce, State of the Union, 2001, 2 min. Bill Wasik, Eugene Mirman, and Brian Spinks, Black Thunder, 2001, 2 min.
Eileen Maxson, Untitled, 2002, 2 min. Eric Fensler, G.I. Joe PSAs, 2003, 2 min.
Negativland and Tim Maloney, Gimme the Mermaid, 2002, 5 min.

These videos represent a small sample of digital technology which has replaced scissors and glue in these interventionist collage works, that critically reuse and recycle segments of films and television programs. Keith Sanborn’s video is an attempt to problematize ownership and authorship in the age of digital reproduction and is inspired by the Walter Benjamin essay of the same name as well as the activities of the Situationists. The Grey Video is an anonymous music video for DJ Danger Mouse’s The Grey Album, a mix of the Beatles 1968 The White Album and Jay-Z’s 2003 The Black Album. San Francisco-based artist Brian Boyce combines unauthorized CNN footage of George W. Bush with clips from the Teletubbies, also used without permission. Black Thunder is a series of three commercials parodying political advertising. Composed entirely of found footage, these shorts were created by the organizers of Block This Kick, a New York City comedy series. Gimme the Mermaid is a new short from the band Negativland, with help from Disney animator Tim Maloney, who created this video using his employer’s equipment after hours. Mermaid combines the sound of a music industry lawyer wit the voice of the Little Mermaid and Negativland’s helium-tinged cover of Black Flag’s Gimme Gimme Gimme. Eileen Maxson and Eric Fensler’s videos overlay new voice tracks to animated films and television shows.