d'Entre les Morts is a collection of nine "remixed" still images and nine corresponding audio clips culled from the opening credits of three seminal Alfred Hitchcock films, famously designed by Saul Bass and scored by Bernard Herrmann.
The project was designed as a sequence; each group member created an Adobe Photoshop image and a wav sound clip using material from one of three Hitchcock films, Psycho, Vertigo, and North by Northwest. That newly created work of appropriation art was passed on to the next member in the group, who "remixed" said work to create a new image and sound file. That second generation file was then passed on to the third member in the group, who in turn did the same. Accordingly, with three group members, there were nine images in total.
With d'Entre les Morts, we sought to engage in the practice of open source art. Not only did we use appropriated images and sounds to design the original files, but we also provided each other with the unflattened and unmixed source files for manipulation. Consequently, hidden layers of sound and image proved fair game for appropriation as well.
Our choice of the opening credits of Hitchcock's films was especially germane; in utilizing Saul Bass' credit-sequences we wished to draw attention to a creative process that often goes uncredited, highlighting it through a medium which itself is expressly concerned with the act of accreditation.
In utilizing still images from Bass' motion-sequences and pairing them with short pieces of sound re-composition the effect is two-fold: first, attention is drawn to the subtle and striking detail of Bass' images that often go unnoticed in the sometimes chaotic movement of credits; second, the experience "watching" the still images focuses the mode of listening for the reader's internal processing of the nuances of the sound pieces.
In the tradition of Yoko Ono and the Fluxus movement, the continual and sequential instability of the composition of these pieces is a process that we have begun, and executed the first stages of, but the process is now in the realm of open source infinity. The pieces are being exhibited in the Open Source Museum of Open Source Art (OSMOSA) in the interactive world of Second Life, where they will continue to change, their original natures rapidly eroding and being replaced by layer after layer of new manipulation.
Our work was displayed in the OSMOSA Gallery in Second Life.
All of our work is Open Source. Download our images and audio and remix your own.
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- Duchamp - L.H.O.O.Q.
- Fluxus - Yoko Ono - Do it Yourself Fluxfest
- The Open Art Network
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- Homesteading the Noosphere
- Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, "Rhythm Science"
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