William Kentridge an Example of Reverse Remediation


Remediation was a term written about by Jay Bolter & Richard to define how one media can influence another, changing its identity. Remediation is not only the refashioning of older media by newer media, but can also be the reverse were the old can influence the new. One good example is work done by William Kentridge  whose work in animated films. Kentridge’s work is a process of drawing and erasing on a single sheet of paper while photographing his progress to create a stop motion film. He use’s charcoal, an old drawing medium, giving a new look to animation in his process.



Remediation was an unfamiliar term to a some what familiar process that appears in the studios of fellow art students or in visiting artist exhibitions over the years. Kentridge was one of the artists brought up as an example for a Narrative Illustration class i took a while back, but just as it did, when i first encountered the process of remediation or reverse remediation, it is still quite fascinating. There is definitely more to explore when the doors of remediation are open.


Is Remediation in art something you would choose to explore outside of a course project?


2 responses to “William Kentridge an Example of Reverse Remediation

  • autumnjames

    I feel as though combining old and new media is a kind of go-to content-builder for art students, and I certainly understand why people would get interested in that kind of process. However, the student work that uses that kind of remediation is rarely as compelling as the work we looked at in class. I have used remediation minimally outside of class projects, but I would certainly do it more to attempt to make something as interesting and involved as William Kentridge’s work

  • digitalartsrobin

    I think remediation is a great experimentation for art students and their works. The concept of blending old and new media together is a fun process that one might enjoy and delve into further. I am quite skeptical of how the work may turn out or if after experimenting a person feels more comfortable with one form of media or the other.

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