The remixed idea: more than the sum of its parts

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An idea, when it is first conceived, is as boundless as the human imagination. In actualizing the idea in one medium, the idea is necessarily refined, and therefore limited, by the vernacular of the creator and the medium. When the idea is remixed into other forms and media it is set free again. It is represented in a variety of forms, allowing for a multitude of possible interpretations of the core of the idea to exist simultaneously. In remixing, the idea is separated into different parts, but the parts together form a cohesive whole, which probably more accurately reflects the nature of the multifaceted original idea as it was conceived.


Here's a few quotes from Charles Martindale and Richard F Thomas, Classics and the Uses of Reception,  (Blackwells, Oxford, 2006) on this theme. They all relate to text but could refer to any type of media.

‘There is no Archimedean point from which we can arrive at the final, correct meaning for any text.’ (Martindale, p.3–4)

‘any citation of a text, any characterization of a subject works to fence their open-endedness with a determinate meaning’ (Duncan Kennedy, p.291)

‘re-ception – an act that retrospectively captures elusive meaning’ (Kennedy, p.291)

‘the infinite possibility of as yet unthought-of interpretations of valued texts’ (Kennedy, p.293)

Created: Mar 27, 2014

Tags: remixing record, concept of idea, non-fiction, prose, manifesto, essay

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