This Unruly: a repository of video cut-ups

The illustration video remix subcategory describes clips, which use appropriated footage as a visual accompaniment to a primarily audio message.

Music videos are the most obvious example here where the music track takes centre stage, supported by imagery that illustrates or that fulfils a metaphorical function in terms of interpreting and translating ideas, which are present in the music.

Creator: Manuel Braun (2017). Europe is Lost.

This clip created by fan Manuel Braun for the hip-hop, spoken word artist Kate Tempest/Calvert is a good example of the illustration video remix sub-genre. The video presents a compelling case for the potential of recycled footage - rather than generating from-new as is the norm. In doing so Braun combines images from reality TV with those of extremists, far right politicians as well as images of suffragette Emily Davison's tragic death with scenes of war, time-lapse nature documentaries, riots and cosmetic surgery. It does so with great timing and pacing. Despite this, the clip quite unsubtly illustrates Tempest's rhythmic tirade, shuffling through a series of literal representations, that are designed to shock and provoke (while providing only limited space for contemplation and reflection). (Perkins. S, 2017)

Creator: Anonymous [Mckinda]. (2017). Shooting Stars - Donald TRUMP meme [STAR WARS] Tour over a Galaxy with Donald and Hilary.

Creator: Anonymous [Internet Historian]. (2017). Greentext Short: OP is the world's greatest hacker.

Creator: Anonymous [Patriots for Trump]. (2016). The Patriotic Trump - Real American ULTIMATE TRIBUTE.

Despite the authors intentions, this clip functions more like a parody than anything which might be reasonably thought otherwise. This is due to its exaggerated and unsubtle use of patriotic symbolism i.e its over-coding, that draws on a combination of historical and mythological ideas, which are central to North American ideas of cultural identity.

Creator: Franklin Goodbody (2016). Where does the meat come from?.

This is an example of détournement publicitaire (advertising hijack) - where the cut-up producer has repurposed an existing television commercial to communicate an alternative message to that originally intended.
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