Henri Bergson once wrote:
[…] there is no perception without affection. Affection is, then, that part or aspect of the inside of our body which we mix with the image of external bodies; it is what we must first of all subtract from perception to get the image in its purity. (emphasis mine)
Professor VJ Remix:
[…] there is no source material without remixology. Remixology is, then, that part or aspect of the inside of our body in which we mix imaginary situations with the image of external bodies; this body-image to body image remixing is what it means to become a postproduction medium.
The idea of the artist-as-remixologist is at the core of remixthebook and suggests that we all engage in daily rituals of remix no matter what mediums or media we work with. The Internet-aware artists of today are apt to conceptually remix a variety of media for their own aesthetic uses. These media could include binary code, locally-sourced food, clay, comedy, and/or chemical processes. Every day presents a mélange of coded things that may feed into the remix process. It’s up to each artist to select what material data they choose to work with [play with] at any given moment in their postproduction set.
remixthebook attempts to model how one artist, jamming with the Network while ported into a trance state of writing, samples from a variety of creative sources as part of an intersubjective jam session with the theories of those whose “presence” resonates with him most. The book focuses on how those of us immersed in networked and mobile media cultures are sampling from endless data streams to reconfigure our practices and, in the process, reconfigure the digital flux personae we “play” when performing.