Uncreative Design

Discussion questions for Chapters 1-3 of Goldsmith

At what point does remix and theft approach the line of illegibility? Imagine a film constructed of 2 second clips from all of 2012’s films– would this breach form? Is remix strongest when it operates within medium specificity?


Institutions and conventions are all born of transgressions in history. Has remix become aestheticized? Glitch work feels kind of stale lately, you know?


Perhaps the most rounded form of appraising works born of theft and remix comes from a knowledgeability of the original sources. Does this presuppose a traditional form of education that grounds students in “original, creative” works? Are the “classics” even worth defending and studying? Every generation renders the previous generation’s classics obsolete, right?