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Remix Culture

2014 unit code: LIT60001 (formerly HAM436)

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014.
Credit points12.5 Credit Points
1 semester / teaching period
Contact hours36 Hours

Aims and objectives

The aim of this unit is to critically explore the comtemporary practice of remix, and the aesthetic, political and tactical motivations of the artists and audiences involved.
Learning Objectives
After completing this unit of study students are expected to understand the role of remixing, mashing and remaking in popular culture and their implications for intellectual property and the changing nature of copyright.
Students are expcted to develop skills in:
* Advanced reading and writing, including essay writing
* Analytical and critical thinking
* Using the internet for communication, learning and research
* Undertaking reserach, both in the library and on the internet
* Communicating their findings clearly and effectively

Teaching methods

Lecture (1 hour), tutorial (2 hours) and independent study.


* Essay (50%)
* Project (50%)

Generic skills outcomes

The graduate attributes which relate to this unit help to produce graduates who are:
* Capable in their chosen professional, vocational or study areas
* Entrepreneurial in contributing to innovation and development within their business, workplace or community
* Effective and ethical in work and community situations
* Adaptable and able to manage change
* Aware of local and international environments in which they will be contributing (eg socio-cultural, economic, natural)


This unit of study examines the history of remixing, mashing and remaking of found material in popular culture genres such as hip-hop and rap, the appropriation art associated with postmodernism, and the "do-it-yourself", hacker sensibility of cyberpunk. It also investigates how these practices are changing concepts of ownership, originality and creativity. As well as critically exploring these questions, students will also create their own remix.

Reading materials

Miller, Paul D (D J Spooky). Rhythm Science. Cambridge, MA.: MIT Press, 2004.
Bolter, J & D. Grusin. Remediation: Understanding New Media, Cambridge, MA.: MIT Press, 2000.
Butler, R (ed)., What is Appropriation? Sydney: Power Publications, 1996.
Barthes, R, Image-Music-Text, trans. S. Heath, London: Fontana, 1977.
Hassan, I., The Dismemberment of Orpheus: Toward a Postmodern Literature, New York: Oxford University Press, 1971.
Eshun, K & A. Sagar, The Ghosts of Songs: The Art of the Black Audio Film Collective, Liverpool, Liverpool University Press, 2007. Jenkins, Henry, Convergence Culture, New York: New York University Press, 2006.
Lessig, L., Free Culture, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 2004.
Vaidhyanathan, Siva, The Anarchist in the Library, Jackson, TN.: Basic Books, 2005.