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MashUp Publication

MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture

February 20 to June 12, 2016






MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture
Vancouver Art Gallery and Black Dog Publishing
February 2016
368 pages
267 illustrations

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  • MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture catalogue, Photos: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

  • MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture catalogue, Photos: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

  • MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture catalogue, Photos: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

  • MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture catalogue, Photos: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery


From the moment Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque undertook the revolutionary gesture of adding a rectangle of floral wallpaper or a newspaper headline to their compositions, they initiated an immediate and fundamental shift in European art. The resulting explosion of mashup strategies—from dub music to screenprint assemblage, remixed literature to machinima—offers the clearest evidence of the relevance of this process to the growth of modern culture during the 20th century, and its dominance in the 21st century.

MashUp presents an international survey of mashup culture from the past 100 years, including hundreds of works from artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Robert Rauschenberg, Maison Martin Margiela, Barbara Kruger, Quentin Tarantino, Dara Birnbaum, Nam June Paik, Brian Eno, Gu Wenda, Andy Warhol and Hito Steyerl; essays from Dawn Ades, Olia Lialina, David Katz, Melanie O’Brian, DJ Spooky, Michael Darling, Stephanie Rebick and Bruce Grenville, among several others; and more than 250 full-colour illustrations.

Editor(s): Daina Augaitis, Bruce Grenville, Stephanie Rebick
Contributors: Dawn Ades, Patrik Andersson, Isabelle Arvers, Daina Augaitis, John Baldessari, Nicolas Bourriaud, Nicholas Chambers, Francesca Coppa, Lisa Coulthard, Michael Darling, Kaat Debo, Guy Debord, Amelia Does, Marcel Duchamp, Todd Falkowsky, Diana Freundl, Amber Frid-Jimenez, Ellen Gallagher, Richard Goldstein, Inka Graeve Ingelmann, Bruce Grenville, Makiko Hara, Hannah Höch, Helen Hsu, Suzanne P. Hudson, Shelley Jackson, David Katz, Rem Koolhaas, Miwon Kwon, Peter Lang, Tim Lawrence, Olia Lialina, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, Kim Nguyen, Melanie O’Brian, Craig Owens, Tina Yee-wan Pang, Christine Poggi, J. Fiona Ragheb, Stephanie Rebick, Isabel Schulz, Christopher Scoates, Kathy Slade, Rob Stone, Ian M. Thom, Angela Dalle Vacche, David White, Gareth Williams, Nick Wright

Co-published by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Black Dog Publishing on the occasion of the exhibition MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture, an exhibition organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery; curated by Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator/Associate Director, Bruce Grenville, Senior Curator, and Stephanie Rebick, Assistant Curator; and presented from February 20 to June 12, 2016



Director’s Foreword, Kathleen S. Bartels
EARLY 20TH CENTURY: Collage, Montage and Readymade at the Birth of Modern Culture
In Defiance of Painting: Cubism, Futurism, and the Invention of Collage, Christine Poggi / Merz and Mashup, Isabel Schulz / A Few Words on Photomontage, Hannah Höch / Mechanics and Expression: Franz Roh and the New Vision—A Historical Sketch, Inka Graeve Ingelmann / Luigi Russolo and the Intonarumori, Rob Stone / Apropos of “Readymades”, Marcel Duchamp / The Strangeness of Cornell’s Rose Hobart, Dawn Ades

THE POST-WAR: Cut, Copy and Quotation in the Age of Mass Media
This is Tomorrow: The Thing Itself, Bruce Grenville / Andy Warhol’s Brutal Assemblage, Nicholas Chambers / You are the Disc Jockey, Helen Hsu with David White / Society of the Spectacle, Guy Debord / Jacques Villeglé’s Decollage: Modernity Torn Apart, Patrik Andersson / Jean-Luc Godard's Pierrot le Fou: Cinema as Collage against Painting, Angela Dalle Vacche / Cutting Room Scraps: The Films of Arthur Lipsett, Amelia Does / Joyce Wieland’s Corrective Films, Bruce Grenville / The Mondial Festival Presents, Peter Lang / Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni and the Ready-made Object, Bruce Grenville / The Richness of the Parts: The Gehry Residence, Fiona Ragheb / The Invention of the Supercut, Stephanie Rebick / Vidding: The Art of Flow, Francesca Coppa / Scratch the Super Ape: An Embodiment of Dub’s Mashup Culture, David Katz

LATE 20TH CENTURY: Quotation, Sampling and the Street in the Age of Appropriation
The Discourse of Others: Feminists and Postmodernism, Craig Owens / A Message from Barbara Kruger: Empathy Can Change the World, Miwon Kwon / My Files of Movie Stills, John Baldessari / General Idea’s Poodles, Ian Thom / Drag Ball Culture: Vogueing and Realness, Tim Lawrence / Tristram Shandy: Laurence Sterne and John Baldessari, Kathy Slade / Street and Self: The Roots of Graffiti, Richard Goldstein / From Many, Into One, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid / A Sensible Proposition: Tom Dixon and Creative Salvage, Gareth Williams and Nick Wright / Maison Martin Margiela: Mashup as a Strategy for Resisting Time, Kaat Debo / My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, Christopher Scoates / Scratching, Popping and Ringing: Christian Marclay’s Sound Collages, Stephanie Rebick / Totem and Taboo in the Origins of Experimental Ink Art in China, Diana Freundl / Material Re-ordering in the Sculptures of Liz Magor, Doris Salcedo and Rachel Whiteread, Daina Augaitis / Prototypes for New Understandings, Daina Augaitis / My Boyfriend Came Back from the War, Olia Lialina / Postproduction: Culture as Screenplay: How Art Reprograms the World, Nicolas Bourriaud / Bigness or the Problem of Large, Rem Koolhaas / Great Artists Steal, They Don’t Do Homages, Lisa Coulthard

THE DIGITAL AGE: Hacking, Remix and the Archive in the Age of Post-Production
The Answer is Yes, Shelley Jackson / Stan Douglas: Narrative and Recombinance, Bruce Grenville / MVRDV’s Glass Farm: Building as Photograph, Bruce Grenville / Be Water: Hito Steyerl’s Liquidity Inc., Melanie O’Brian / Cory Arcangel’s Readymades, Stephanie Rebick / The Mysterious Gesture: Elizabeth Price’s Interdisciplinary Mashup, Stephanie Rebick / Loops of Perception: Sampling, Memory, and the Semantic Web, Stephanie Rebick / Machinimas: A Selection, Isabelle Arvers / H5: Culture Jamming and the Logos of Consumption, Bruce Grenville / redwhiteblue: anothermountainman, Tina Yee-wan Pang / Anonymous Unarchive, Amber Frid-Jimenez / Art vs Design & Design vs Art, Todd Falkowsky / 1000 Words: Ellen Gallagher, Suzanne P. Hudson with Ellen Gallagher / Isa Genzken Says “Fuck the Bauhaus!”, Michael Darling / Ujino: Bachelor Machines, Bruce Grenville / Recovered and Re-arranged: Geoffrey Farmer, Daina Augaitis / Past Forward: The Presence of Art History in the Work of Elizabeth Zvonar, Diana Freundl / Valérie Blass: My Life, Kim Nguyen / Haegue Yang, Daina Augaitis / Oliver Laric’s Versions, Stephanie Rebick / A New Digital Materiality, Stephanie Rebick / BIG: Yes is More, Bruce Grenville / Found MUJI: Super Normal Design, Bruce Grenville

Presenting Sponsor:
The Keg
Generously Supported by:
Artworkers Retirement Society
Joy Chao and John Henshaw
Sherry Killam
Visionary Partner for Scholarship and Publications:
The Richardson Family