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Creation, Re-Creation and Media Education

  By digitalbasin
I was once asked to look at the philosophy of creation versus re-creation. Is it composition when you let a machine grind a few loops into a timeline and spit them back to you ? Is this OK for video makers who need such a quick fix? Is this OK for students who want to learn understand the nuts and bolts of communicating through music?

Well?. Its a great question and one that goes beyond the notions of simple re-mix culture Ive discussed in other lectures. I would start with the assertion that re-mixing is an act of pure-creation that is as old as human evolution and innate to human existence. Indeed it could well be argued in philosophical terms that human beings are completely incapable of creation from nothing. We are entirely unable to imagine that which does not, or isnt drawn from, what already exists and our experience of that existence. For example, describe for me a new colour that doesnt already exist in the spectrum without using names or terms related to already existing colours. Its not possible. The notion of creation from ?nothing is the genesis well-spring from which human culture has crafted and created (pardon the pun) notions of an omnipotent and omnipresent god or deity. Indeed it might well be argued that a ?God Creates, Man re-Mixes and therein lies the distinct position or mortality.

But I would subsequently argue that our established notions of creativity are flawed in their common understanding of an act of bringing forth ?something from whence there was ?nothing. That this notion of creativity is not useful or indeed functional.

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