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Cut and Paste

1. Jace Clayton (aka DJ Rupture) mostly writes about music and sound, but we are in a
visual art class. How does Clayton connect the worlds of visual art and music with his
ideas of "cut and paste?"
Mr. Clayton perceived “cut and paste” as a form of creative modern both musical and visual art
that follows the historic trend. He claimed, “Mass-manufactured visual culture had swept in
with industrial revolution, and artist responded by hacking apart those images.” This shows the
art of “cut and paste” is only a creative product of the development of society to utilize the
profuse yet monotonous visual culture to produce something more creative and different. This
means that similar to every other artwork, “cut and paste” originated from artist’s creative
nature to add “colors” to the monotonous world. In addition, like traditional visual and musical
arts which help the creator express their own feelings and thoughts, “cut and paste” also tells
an artist emotion and ideas. By “arranging samples” according to the artist intention, the
symbolic intent of a “cut and paste” piece can also manifest, shown by “Several of the
disfigured image suggests the war’s walking wounded” Here, Hoch utilizes disfigured image to
imply the war’s cruelty. In short, Clayton connected the worlds of visual art, music and “cut and
paste” by comparing their shared artistic properties.

2. Clayton gives some examples of what he means by cut and paste within contemporary
culture. What examples can you think of from culture? Have you ever engaged in some
form of "cut and paste?"
In the recent years, there has been a song famous in China and potentially around the world
called “Faded”, composed by Alan Walker. Over the years, the original song has been remixed
multiple times and has multiple versions with different emotions. According to a news article
on, artists including ,Luke Christopher,
Dash Berlin, Tungevaag & Raaban and Y&V have remixed the song before. While the original
composition is rather placid and tranquil, the version by Y&V is very passionate, representing
the remixer’s own emotions. I also remember from an article I have read that there was an
artist who creates visual arts by collaging photos from newspapers. He was not a professional
artist and was not skilled at portraying people and therefore the characters in his artwork are
all pictures cut from newspapers. Unfortunately, I have never engaged in any artistic “cut and
paste” and have only “cut and pasted” texts in the social media.

3. Why does Clayton think "cut and paste" is such a powerful creative process? Do you
agree? Why does Clayton say that some forms of "cut and paste" are losing their
creative power? Do you agree?
Clayton believes the art form “cut and paste” is empowered by its simplicity compared to other
traditional art forms that require professional skills and prohibit average but creative artists
from participating in its joy. I completely agree with his idea. In the first paragraph, Clayton
claimed “So much of adolescence is spent in thrall to emotions we can’t articulate, much less
control. What better way than mixtapes to respond”, suggesting that adolescent artists, young
and unskilled are unable to “articulate” their emotions with traditional arts. With “cut and
paste”, however, they can finally become an artist and express their emotions unrestrainedly.
Therefore, “cut and paste” is a much more powerful form of art than conventional ones, since
more people can get involved in it and assist it in its development. Nowadays, forms of “cut and
paste” are losing their creative power as they become less accessible to the general public who
can no longer contribute their valuable creativity to this form of art. As claimed by Clayton,
when the government started charging samples as a kind of patent, the prohibitive price of
samples prevented artists from “cutting and pasting” and sharing their creativity through their
works. Although remix exists in contemporary culture, it’s highly constrained because of laws
that falsely “protect” artworks as intellectual property. As stated by Clayton in the last page,
“We’re encouraged to push the pieces of culture around more than ever, yet it’s happening in a
closed airless system”, while “cut and paste” exists, artists are no longer allowed to add to their
cut and pasted work their own ideas and emotions, as suggested by “closed airless system”.
Because of this, “cut and paste” is gradually losing its creativity and I totally agree with Clayton
on this.