ThruYou by Kutiman is one of the most mesmerizing mash-up projects I’ve seen. The artist spent countless hours sifting through YouTube clips of (mostly) unknown musicians and vocalists, looking for snippets of sound and film that would fit together perfectly, turning unrelated morsels of talent into a synced-up symphonies of awesome.
VJing is getting ever more sophisticated (something I talk about a lot with dubstep VJ and good pal Vector Meldrew) as the tools of media manipulation become ever-more accessible. One-way media and culture is no longer a relevant idea. What we have now is a jigsaw that can and should be continuously remade and built upon. Figuring out the legalities of all this remains something of a puzzle as well, but Kutiman’s ThruYou project alone is reason enough to update copyright laws.
Below is ‘I’m New’, my favourite of his tracks. You can (and should) check out the rest at ThruYou.