Saturday, October 17, 2009

Feed The Animals - Girl Talk

I'm late to the party here, but I just want to talk about Girl Talk's 2008 Album Feed The Animals. The copyfight issues behind the work of this sampling artist, have been bandied about by plenty of others, including in the documentary RiP! A Remix Manifesto. The aspect of sampling artistry that catches my interest is that it seems to fit my own aesthetic sense of media overload. For the last few decades of the post-modern artists have lamented the way that the information spheres constantly bombard us with unceasing message. They have depicted the media as being this omnipresent malevolent force in our lives seeking to manipulate and control us. The work of sampling artists like Girl Talk reverse the tables, here the artist takes in the unceasing message flood, remixes, reinterprets, and redirects the flows into a medium in itself. While using the media as the medium is not a new idea, I think that we have reached a point where some artists have regained control over the explosion of media and no longer feel overwhelmed.

You can download and enjoy this highly illegal art form here, on a pay what you want basis.

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