Postproduction, in line with Bourriaud’s work is almost reminiscent of open source culture, of postmodern, experimental art and work. It is re-editing, re-mixing, re-doing.
“Postproduction artists invent new uses for works, including audio or visual forms of the past, within their own constructions. But they also reedit historical or ideological narratives, inserting the elements that compose them into alternative scenarios.”
I think this element of production exists because consumption is a necessary aspect of the cycle–we are first consumers–of culture, of the labor of others, of art, of boring books and the material allure. This vortex is a precursor to [post]production. This distraction, anesthetization of with the way things are occurs and so, as a response we begin to grow uneasy and to compensate, we construct our own ideas and theories about these cultural happenings [exploitations] through art and art-making. We desire to participate in this culture because we make-meaning and form our own self-narratives around the influence of others and what we deem salient. “In generating behaviors and potential reuses, art challenges passive culture, composed of merchandise and consumers. It makes the forms and cultural objects of our daily lives function.” This functionality is necessary to make the mundane carry weight. To make sense of entropy and emotion.
We are in constant conversation with another’s work so that we form our own “narratives” around it. He compares the DJ & the software programmer as among the same culture because they both exist because of, on, and for the internet. The DJ is only a DJ by sampling and tapping into another’s “sound.” This is made more possible by technology. We are more enabled to create and appropriate because of the affordances of our media.
The same goes for the software developer– he utilizes the affordances of technology and media to not only program, but pull from the foundations of software that exists to build, to refine, to make seamless. Software programmers and DJ’s alike rely heavily on open source material to make their work meaningful. This is a common-ing occurring and they belong in the same realm of cultural production. The same economy of sharing. We choose to participate in this new economy because it empowers us to pave alternative pathways to the status quo. The software programmer feels a sense of belonging in this community of developers because they are able to do work better, and achieve more together. It is in this way, democracy is formed and peer 2 peer relationships form to generate more influence and cultural wealth.
On a different note, I think satire & comedy are good examples of culture jamming– comedians can make difficult, social issues more digest-able and easier to understand–often as a direct response to “bad things” happening whether in politics or culture at large. Comedy and satire disrupts power systems and is more able to widely criticize what we find intolerable or upsetting. This is a form of expression can be transformed into activism. Thanks to the first amendment, (despite was the President thinks) we are allowed to be tactical and instrumental in our dissatisfaction. Cultural jamming, whether through spoken word, art, or public media asserts itself as a major asset to the production and maintenance of a free society.