Everything is a Remix: A Video Series Exploring the Sources of Creativity

Our vet­er­an read­ers will per­haps remem­ber Kir­by Fer­gu­son’s four-part video series Every­thing is a Remix. Cre­at­ed between 2010 and 2014, the series explored the idea that (to quote from one of my ear­li­er posts) “great art doesn’t come out of nowhere. Artists inevitably bor­row from one anoth­er, draw­ing on past ideas and con­ven­tions, and then turn these mate­ri­als into some­thing beau­ti­ful and new.” That applies to musi­cians, film­mak­ers, tech­nol­o­gists, and real­ly any­one in a cre­ative space.

This week, to mark the 5th anniver­sary of the series’ launch, Fer­gu­son has remas­tered and re-released Every­thing is a Remix as a sin­gle video in HD. “For the first time now, the whole series is avail­able as a sin­gle video with prop­er tran­si­tions all the way through, uni­fied styling, and remixed and remas­tered audio.” Find it fea­tured above, and added to our col­lec­tion of Free Online Doc­u­men­taries, a sub­set of our col­lec­tion, 4,000+ Free Movies Online: Great Clas­sics, Indies, Noir, West­erns, Doc­u­men­taries & More.

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Relat­ed Con­tent:

Why Man Cre­ates: Saul Bass’ Oscar-Win­ning Ani­mat­ed Look at Cre­ativ­i­ty (1968)

Why You Do Your Best Think­ing In The Show­er: Cre­ativ­i­ty & the “Incu­ba­tion Peri­od”

Albert Ein­stein Tells His Son The Key to Learn­ing & Hap­pi­ness is Los­ing Your­self in Cre­ativ­i­ty (or “Find­ing Flow”)

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