In its most basic form sampling simply re-processes existing culture, usually technologically, in much the same way a collage does

  • Christian Marclay, 'Video Quartet' 2002
    Christian Marclay
    Video Quartet 2002
    Four screen projection, found Hollywood film clips transferred to colour video and audio track
    overall display dimensions variable
    duration: 14 min
    Purchased from funds provided by the Film and Video Special Acquisitions Fund 2003© Christian Marclay

In the early 1980s artists began cannibalising fragments of sound, image, music, dance and performance to create new works of art. These hybrid projects used sampling to generate live or time-based events that subverted our notions of time, space, artist and audience, virtual and actual.

In the past two decades this DIY punk aesthetic has come to represent a radical challenge to the notions of authorship, originality and intellectual property, while creating new narratives and refreshing the cultural archive. Artists like Christian Marclay and Candice Breitz manipulate film and music, remixing familiar footage into epic narratives.

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