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David Laderman and Laurel Westrup

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199949311

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199949311.001.0001

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Productions of Laughter in Contemporary Found Footage Films

(p.168) 12 (In)appropriation
Sampling Media

jaimie Baron

Oxford University Press

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, the chapter argues 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 the chapter suggests that such laughter at and with an inappropriation film may sometimes constitute a complex form of critique.

Keywords:   found footage, appropriation, experimental video, remix, laughter, humor, subversion

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