Eduardo Navas, visiting assistant professor of art, researches and explores the creative and political role of recyclability and remix in art, media and culture. His production includes art and media projects, critical texts and curatorial projects. Recently, Navas co-authored The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies, which comprises contemporary texts by key authors and artists who are active in the emerging field of remix studies.
As an organic international movement, remix culture originated in the popular music culture of the 1970s, and has since grown into a rich cultural activity encompassing numerous forms of media. Navas argues that Remix, as a form of discourse, affects culture in ways that go beyond the basic recombination of material in art, music and new media. His investigation locates the roots of Remix in early forms of mechanical reproduction, beginning in the nineteenth century with the development of the photo camera and the phonograph, leading to contemporary remix culture. He argues that Remix is a type of binder, a cultural glue—a virus—that informs and supports contemporary culture.
The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies approaches remix studies from various angles, including sections on history, aesthetics, ethics, politics and practice, and presents theoretical chapters alongside case studies of remix projects.
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