"All cultural productions on the internet are amateur. There are those participating in the conversation and those who have no idea what's being talked about. For those participating, symbols must be invented and functional structures must be carved out. The ubiquity of digital tools leads to the personalization and fragmentation of these tools. Without social context social tools are worthless."
"Creations are inherently iterative. So remix, as a word, was a convenient word that expressed at one time something that is just inherent in creativity and human innovation. Which means that iteration and remix really comes from having A and B and putting them together and that's just somehow a new thing."
"I think most times when human beings create something or decide what they're going to say when they say something, or decide what they want to do in life, it's based on what came before and you are given x amount of options. Remix is a word to simplify those options, to make them very clear and to make this process incredibly overt. And sometimes doing that really helps to realize the oneness of creativity or the oneness of culture, especially on the internet. The fact that you can mix a Bollywood song with a hip hop song can be seen as a statement of the smallness of the world. In that sense, I think remix is more about creating a statement of the proximity of media, rather than a form of creation in itself."
Ryder Ripps is a conceptual artist/entrepreneur working around the internet. Past projects include; dump.fm, whodat.biz, LuCkYPLoPT, where's the pixel and HDBOYZ. He is the co-founder of OKFocus, a company who specializes in forward thinking web applications. Collaborators include - Ryan Trecartin, Glass Popcorn, Max Barbaria, MIA, Jacob Broms Engblom, Nicola Formichetti and Andy Warhol.