Whether you call it collage, compilation, found footage, detournement, or recycled cinema,the incorporation of previously shot materials into new artworks is a practice that has generated novel juxtapositions of elements which have produced new meanings and ideas that may not have been intended by the original makers,that are,in other words “inappropriate.”This act of appropriation may produce revelation that leads viewers to reconsider the relationship between past and present,here and there,intention and subversion. Fortunately for our purposes,the past decade has seen the emergence of a wealth of new sources for audiovisual materials that can be appropriated into new works. In addition to official state and commercial archives,vernacular archives,home movie collections,and digital archives have provided fascinating source material that may be repurposed in such a way as to give it new meanings and resonances.
Founded in 2009,the Festival of (In)appropriation is a yearly showcase of contemporary short (20 minutes or less) audiovisual works that appropriate film or video footage and repurpose it in “inappropriate”and inventive ways. The show,now in its third year,is curated by Jaimie Baron,Lauren Berliner,and Andrew Hall.