The only thing better than a few of your favorite things is a few of your favorite things in a mash-up. The term has its roots in music, video, and visual art and has been around since the Dadas introduced the art of combining unrelated images and texts (usually by different artists) in the same piece. Today, mash-ups weave together pop culture. We hear mash-ups of popular songs by DJs and the cast of Glee, see mash-ups across the internet of words and images cut and pasted together to form memes and in videos all over YouTube.
This season Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art hosts “MASHup: New Video Art," an exhibition including work by artists Cory Arcangel, Natalie Bookchin, Christian Marclay, and Michael Robinson, who all pay tribute to the artform and its presence in mass media.
But it's not all so simple. Mashup media has raised large legal questions in mass media, involving intellectual property, creative license, and copyright. You can see the "MASHup" exhibition at SMoCA through Sunday, May 19, and join assistant curator Claire Carter in a roundtable discussion with Phoenix-based DJ Alex Votichenko (a.k.a. Djentrification), video artist Natalie Bookchin, and copyright lawyer Michael Cordier Wednesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in the museum's lounge.