For tech task #5 we were asked to watch RIP: A Remixer’s Manifesto and respond.
First of all, the video was so interesting and thought-provoking. I had honestly never really given any thought to copyright laws before watching this and now I feel informed – and a little angry. It was so well-done.
The prompt I want to specifically look at is:
Gilberto Gil states, “Nobody creates in a vacuum. Everything comes from something else”. How many people had to pick up a camera so that you could do what you’re doing today?” Do you agree with this statement?
I found this to be such an incredible statement. I agree with Gil, and Brett’s entire documentary is focused around this point. Everything comes from something else: “being original is when you mix two things that haven’t been mixed.” Ideas are progressive. They build on what is known to create something new. And, when you think about it, it’s true. I don’t write a story nor does somebody compose a piece of music without being inspired by someone or something. Inspiration always comes from something already existing, and creation is born from inspiration.
This is also really important in all learning. In education, there is a huge emphasis on collaborative learning and sharing. Gils also said, “sharing is the nature of creation.” When people share ideas, real learning and real creation takes place. We need each other. It’s like we all have little pieces of the puzzle, and sharing those things together is how we will see the bigger picture. In the context of the film, this has to do with music and media, but there are much greater implications for the classroom teacher and how we allow students to learn. When ideas become free and shared, you allow for an atmosphere of creation in your classroom. As a pre-service teacher, the possibilities of what that might look like are exciting!