MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture


MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture


28 × 23 cm | 9 × 11 in
267 ills | 352 pages

Contributors: Daina Augaitis, Bruce Grenville, Stephanie Rebick, Diana Freundl, Ian Thom

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MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture traces the inexorable rise of collage, montage, sampling and the cut-up. It explores their roots in the multiple perspectives, montages and readymades of Marcel Duchamp, Kurt Schwitters and Hannah Höch, and follows through to the postmodern network culture of the present—where remixing and co-production are the norm and where the New Aesthetic seeks to harmonise the now-everyday crossover of the digital and the actual.

The book addresses the development of détournement and deconstruction in art, architecture, music and society. Each chapter is a detailed, inclusive look at a cross section of the main artists and thinkers that have embraced and developed all forms of 'mashup' culture, since its inception in the nineteenth century as early experiments of Braque and Picasso.

MashUp finds parallels between the works of luminaries such as Jean-Luc Godard, Joseph Cornell, Elizabeth Price, Joyce Wieland and Jeff Wall. The book examines the lasting impact of such seemingly disparate cultural phenomena as voguing; hacking, and the use of audio and film as a kind of a globally available, open-source language in vidding, hip-hop and dub; and in art that deals with the mass proliferation and dissemination of images and knowledge brought on by digital technologies.

MashUp situates the work of Andy Warhol, Richard Hamilton and Guy Debord alongside the likes of Rem Koolhaas and Bruce Mau, Superstudio, Brian Eno and Cory Arcangel, and more generally within a culture where the new is necessarily remade and remodelled, and quotation and reappropriation are an integral part of the way we talk about it.

Published in partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery.