d'Entre les Morts

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Artist Statement

David Harrington
Matthew Jacobs
Joseph Kuhn

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.

Exhibition Images

Our work was displayed in the OSMOSA Gallery in Second Life.

Remix Our Work!

All of our work is Open Source. Download our images and audio and remix your own.

Name Size Creator Creation Date Comment  
File vertigo5.psd 4.79 MB Anonymous Apr 24, 2007 20:45    
File joeynbnw3.psd 4.31 MB Anonymous Apr 24, 2007 20:45    
File northwest_david.psd 3.40 MB Anonymous Apr 24, 2007 20:50    
File psycho_flag_deconstructred.psd 3.32 MB Anonymous Apr 24, 2007 20:45    
File nbnw_matt.psd 2.54 MB Anonymous Apr 25, 2007 14:39    
File vertigo_david.psd 2.36 MB Anonymous Apr 24, 2007 20:50    
File psycho_matt.psd 1.13 MB Anonymous Apr 25, 2007 14:39    
File vertigo_matt.psd 1.09 MB Anonymous Apr 25, 2007 14:39    
File psycho_david.psd 1023 kB Anonymous Apr 24, 2007 20:50    
File northbynorthwest_1.mp3 1.16 MB Anonymous Apr 25, 2007 14:26    
File vertigo_3.mp3 1.07 MB Anonymous Apr 25, 2007 14:26    
File northbynorthwest_joey_mp3.mp3 835 kB Anonymous Apr 24, 2007 21:08    
File vertigo_joey_mp3.mp3 818 kB Anonymous Apr 24, 2007 21:08    
File psycho_2.mp3 707 kB Anonymous Apr 25, 2007 14:26    
File psycho_joey_mp3.mp3 696 kB Anonymous Apr 24, 2007 21:08    
File dh morthwest mixdown.mp3.mp3 547 kB Anonymous Apr 24, 2007 21:03    
File dh vertigo music.mp3.mp3 538 kB Anonymous Apr 24, 2007 21:03    
File dh psycho final final.mp3.mp3 536 kB Anonymous Apr 25, 2007 15:04    

Mediography

Appropriated Films

  • Alfred Hitchcock, North by Northwest, 1959
  • Alfred Hitchcock, Psycho, 1960
  • Alfred Hitchcock, Vertigo, 1958

Art Works

  • Duchamp - L.H.O.O.Q.
  • Fluxus - Yoko Ono - Do it Yourself Fluxfest

Websites

  • Kollabor8
  • The Open Art Network

Books/Articles

  • The Cathedral and the Bazaar
  • Homesteading the Noosphere
  • Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, "Rhythm Science"
  • Talking Music, William Duckworth
  • Arcana: Musicians on Music, ed. John Zorn
  • Joy Garnett - Steal this Look / Joywar!
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