• (In)appropriation: Productions of Laughter in Contemporary Experimental Found Footage Films

    Author(s):
    Jaimie Baron (see profile)
    Date:
    2014
    Group(s):
    Documentary Studies, Film-Philosophy, Film Studies
    Subject(s):
    Found footage, Appropriation
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    experimental video, remix, humor
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/1d73-8j07
    Abstract:
    Found footage filmmaking often generates novel juxtapositions and produces new meanings unintended by the footage’s original makers – meanings that are, in other words, “inappropriate.” One response to many such films is laughter. Through an examination of several experimental found footage videos made in the past decade, this chapter explores the notion of “inappropriation,” of the unexpected and potentially subversive possibilities of audiovisual appropriation at this social and historical moment. Drawing on the theories of Henri Bergson, I argue that the laughter associated with inappropriation is often generated through the blurring of certain boundaries and/or from the recognition of a connection between two (or more) things previously unrecognized, disrupting habitual associations and establishing alternative ones. This laughter does not guarantee that inappropriation is always subversive of the dominant ideology, but I suggest that such laughter at and with an inappropriation film may sometimes constitute a complex form of critique.
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