Spectres of the Spectrum

Spectres of the Spectrum



By Mónica Delgado

Craig Baldwin has a special place in found footage and appropriation cinema. Playing an aesthetic bet in the age of copyright, the filmmaker strips this notion naked and transforms it into an object ready to be subverted. This American filmmaker is also an inevitable referent in curations that are involved in archives recovery, like in the spreading of the collage of different calibers. In films like Sonic Outlaws, about cultural piracy, Baldwin shows a number of examples in which the author rights and cultural property regulations haven’t been hand to hand with the current technological revolution. Baldwin uses archival material in a high speed editing, under a provocative style about intellectual property rights as effect of an extreme consumerism. Baldwin talked with Desistfilm about his new projects and the motivations of his experimentation.