The RE/Mixed Media Festival is a celebration of collaborative art-making and creative appropriation. It represents the artists’ contribution to the ongoing conversation about remixing, mashups, copyright law, fair use, and the freedom of artists to access their culture in order to add to and build upon it.
The 2012 edition of the festival, at the Brooklyn Lyceum in Park Slope, features a special encore presentation of Maxx Klaxon’s AUTHORITARIAN IDOL 2012. This multimedia mashup is a blend of pop, politics, and performance art, remixing the words and images of presidential candidates as a way of exploring the collision of democracy and media spectacle.
AUTHORITARIAN IDOL 2012 merges thematically attuned electropop songs with interactive video interrogations of the candidates’ digital avatars. The result is a darkly hilarious satire of an infotainment-driven electoral process.
Maxx Klaxon is currently based at a secure, undisclosed location in Brooklyn, New York, from which he broadcasts his provocative fusion of spoken, sung, and vocoded messages, sensual synths, hard beats, and video propaganda to a worldwide audience. Leaked excerpts of classified intelligence reports claim that Maxx Klaxon is the alter ego of multimedia artist Maximus Clarke.