Remixer #21 Ilan Katin: “I don’t know how I would survive a legal debacle”


Ilan Katin

The series “Remixer” features interviews with people involved in remix practices and culture, asking them about their experiences and approaches towards remix. This time: Ilan Katin.

Ilan Katin has a background in fine arts and I works in video and live video production. In his own words, he is “basically working with images.”

What constitutes a good remix in your opinion?

When the source content is re-contextualized in a humorous or poetic way.

In which way are you using works of others for your own work?

I use images downloaded from the internet by searching for specific ideas that I want to convey. In the case of a narrative piece that I did recently, I needed to find an image that would convey the phrase “my car is my ego”. I did not just want to go with a fantastic looking car. That would be too easy. Finding a car shaped like a high heel shoe was perfect. I could re-draw it, or trace it, but then the image would not be convincing. I don’t know who took the picture. But I have largely re-contextualized the image.

Beyond this, did you have any problems or legal issues caused by your artistic or musical practices?

I set video to some music and posted it to YouTube. It was removed but they informed me that it was being “contested” and somehow in the end they ended up putting it back because they felt it was actually promoting the music. The video is of a homeless couple packing up their camp set to “It’s Not Unusual”. It was a totally spontaneous thing and the music fit perfectly when I dropped the track in. So I guess I have had it easy. I don’t know how would survive a legal debacle.

How do you like the idea of introducing a „right to remix“, including compensation for the original artist?

If it is benefiting the artist directly and the prices are reasonable?

To conclude: please, provide us with a link to your favorite remix work!

This one:

M3M3M3 from ilan katin on Vimeo.

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