- This is not a Remix: Piracy, Authenticity and Popular Music by Margie Borschke (forthcoming from Bloomsbury Academic, September 2017 in hardcover, paperback and eBook.)
- "Throughout this book I’ve asked several related questions: why copies now? why remix now? Why vinyl now? Why projects of redistribution now? For me, these questions intersect in a consideration of technologies of distribution and questions related to circulation as a cultural practice. To study culture from the perspective of circulation, is not only to study networks and how ideas and objects move around, but it is also to study how our material histories interact with everyday lived experience and the matter that constitutes it; to ponder how they shape rather than determine our present and future possibilities. Like Heraclitus, we continue to try to understand the ways in which "We step and do not step into the same rivers; we are and arenot" (Heraclitus 49a in Robinson 1987, 35)" (Borschke 2017)
The aesthetics of circulation
- How should we understand circulation as a cultural practice and historical process?
- Do circulation and distribution have aesthetic dimensions?
Problem of Identity over time: You can't step twice in the same stream
- "We step and do not step into the same rivers; we are and are not.” (Heraclitus, fragment 49a in Robinson 1987, 35)
- "As they step into the same rivers, different and ,<still> different waters flow upon them." (Heraclitus, fragment 12 in Robinson 1987, 17)
- "[For, according to Heraclitus, it is not possible to step twice into the same river, nor is it possible to touch a mortal substance twice in so far as its state (hexis) is concerned. But, thanks to <the> swiftness and speed of change,] (b) it scatters (things?) and brings ,them?. together again, [(or, rather, it brings together and lets go neither 'again' nor 'later' but simultaneously)]. <it> forms and <it> dissolves, and <it> approaches and departs." (Heraclitus, fragment 91a & 91b in Robinson 1987, 55)
- "The authenticity of this fragment [49a], like that of fragments 12, 91a and 91b, has been greatly disputed." (Robinson 1987, 112)
Circulation is culture-making
- The internet is a distribution technology. Circulation is key to the study of cultural changes and continuities. I'm interested in the place of media, its uses and its materiality, in that story.
- To study culture from the perspective of circulation,is not only to study networks and how ideas and objects move around, but it is also to study how our material histories interact with everyday lived experience and the matter that constitutes it; to ponder how they shape rather than determine our present and future possibilities.
- To study circulation in digital networks, requires a deep understanding of 'copy'.
- Copy is both a relational property (transhistorical) and as an idea that has a history. I claim that sustained attention to the distinction between instance and identity, will reveal something about how copies and copying can create new meaning out of something that is just the same.
- Two notions of Authenticity
1. Origins (authenticity as it pertains to things/ work of art)
2. Natural or organic to the community (authenticity as it pertains to a way of life) (Thornton, 1995; Varga & Guignon, 2016)
Networking authenticity: redistribution and aesthetics of discovery