We Watched TV; They Make TV

We have to recognize [our kids] are different from us. We made mixed tapes; they remix music. We watched TV; they make TV. It is technology that has made them different, and as we see what this technology can do we need to recognize you can’t kill the instinct the technology produces; we can only criminalize it. We can’t stop our kids from using it; we can only drive it underground. We can’t make our kids passive again; we can only make them, quote, “pirates”. And is that good?
We live in this weird time, it’s kind of age of prohibitions, where in many areas of our life, we live life constantly against the law. Ordinary people live life against the law, and that’s what we are doing to our kids. They live life knowing they live it against the law. That realization is extraordinarily corrosive, extraordinarily corrupting. And in a democracy we ought to be able to do better.

– — Professor Lawrence Lessig, TED conference 2007

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBYbzb1tUEQ

The Greatest Thing Since Do-Re-Mi

I love The Sound of Music; I love remixes, renditions and revisits; And so stumbling upon Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata‘s rendition of Rodgers and Hammerstein‘s musical is nothing short of brilliant. Check it out:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWcjMVBvDPc

You can pre-order BRO’s upcoming album ‘The Hills Are Alivehere.

Video: ’70 Million’ by Hold Your Horses

As someone who loves covers, renditions, remixes and mashups in all their forms, I was very happy to stumble upon this cheeky video by Franco-American band Hold Your Horses    for their song ’70 Million’. It is an entertaining look at art history as band members playfully reconstruct famous paintings, offering their own interpretation to the masters.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erbd9cZpxps

Renditions: Saigon Execution – Eddie Adams, Vietnam, 1968

[singlepic id=181 w=525 h=525 float=center]Eddie Adams – Saigon Executionphotograph – 1968 – Vietnam

[singlepic id=85 w=525 h=525 float=center]Henry VIII’s WivesIconic Moments of the 20th Centuryphotograph – 2007 – UK

[singlepic id=80 w=525 h=525 float=center]Mark DaughheteeHosedphotograph – 2004 – USA

[singlepic id=81 w=525 h=525 float=center]Borf BrigadeThe Consolation of Ruin – 2007 – USA

[singlepic id=79 w=525 h=525 float=center]Mike Stimpsonphotograph – 2007 – UK

[singlepic id=77 w=525 h=525 float=center]Xiang Jing – Bang!sculpture – 2002 – China

[singlepic id=82 w=525 h=525 float=center]Amnesty International – print – 2005 – New Zealand

[singlepic id=83 w=525 h=525 float=center]Dolk Lundgren – Weed Killergraffiti – 2008 – Norway

[singlepic id=84 w=525 h=525 float=center]Franck Réthorépainting – 2007 – France

[singlepic id=100 w=525 h=525 float=center]Kenyon BajusExecutionprint – 2004 – USA

[singlepic id=87 w=525 h=525 float=center]Krista WortendykeIconic Recallprint – USA

Notes:

  • The original photo received the Pulitzer Prize for ‘Spot News Photography’ in 1969 under the name ‘Saigon Execution’. Nowadays it is often captioned as ‘General Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a Viet Cong prisoner in Saigon’.
  • For such an iconic photo and a well documented event, it is surprising that so many people cannot eloquently explain the context of this image, summarizing it to ‘a bad guy killing a good guy’. Please take a moment to learn more about the incident by clicking here and here.
  • If you are aware of additional artworks derived from the original photo, please send details and links by leaving a comment or sending an email.
  • If you enjoyed this post, please make sure you check back in a month or so, as additional artworks will be added.

The following was added after this post was first published.

[singlepic id=168 w=525 h=525 float=center]miniplimanprint – 2009 – Germany

[singlepic id=244 w=525 h=621 float=center]Liu JinNews – Wangfujingphotograph – 2001 – China

[singlepic id=292 w=525 h=525 float=center]Olivier BlanckartThe Remix Saigon (After Eddie Adams)sculpture – 1997 – France

[singlepic id=298 w=525 h=525 float=center]LocustMural For Clarion Alleymural – 2011 – USA

[singlepic id=302 w=525 h=525 float=center]Yasumasa MorimuraA Requiem: Vietnam War, 1968-1991photograph – 1991 – Japan

[singlepic id=301 w=525 h=525 float=center]Manit SriwanichpoomThis Bloodless War No. 2photograph – 1997 – Thailand

[singlepic id=303 w=525 h=525 float=center]Kevin Hagedorn and Amro JayousiObama’s War is a Crimeperformance art – 2010 – USA

[singlepic id=305 w=525 h=525 float=center]Vik MunizMemory Rendering of Saigon Executionphotograph – 1990 – USA

[singlepic id=306 w=525 h=525 float=center]Mark YoungDave Stewart’s Vietnam Execution Tributephotograph – USA

[singlepic id=307 w=525 h=525 float=center]Johnny de BrestVladraculphotograph – 1995 – Germany

[singlepic id=308 w=525 h=525 float=center]Carlos LatuffThe Coca-Cola Seriesphotograph – 2003 – Brazil

[singlepic id=309 w=525 h=525 float=center]Dinh Q. LêUntitled (Metro Goldwyn Mayer) from ‘From Vietnam to Hollywood’ – tapestry – 2003 – USA

[singlepic id=310 w=525 h=525 float=center]Karen OstromThe Execution from The Gun Series – photograph – 2005 – USA

[singlepic id=328 w=525 h=525 float=center]Pavel Maria Smejkal – from the Fatescapes series – print – 2009 – Slovakia

[singlepic id=311 w=525 h=525 float=center]Sanna DullawayPast in Colourprint – 2011 – Sweden

Billy Joel - We Didn't Start The Fire - 1989 - USABilly JoelWe Didn’t Start The Firemusic video – 1989 – USA

The following work precedes Adams’ photo:

[singlepic id=304 w=525 h=525 float=center]Esther BubleySmall Boys Watching the Woodrow Wilson High School Cadetsphotograph – 1943 – USA