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The illustration video remix subcategory describes clips, which use appropriated footage as a visual accompaniment to a primarily audio (or text) message.

Music videos are the most obvious example here where the music track takes centre stage, supported by imagery that illustrates or that fulfils a metaphorical function in terms of interpreting and translating ideas, which are present in the music.

Creator: Anonymous [You Kipper]. (2017). I'm an Englishman.

This clip presents an emotionally stirring soundtrack illustrated by found footage that seeks to appeal to nationalistic and nostalgic sentiments around English nationhood and entitlement. The clip restates traditional working-class narratives around disenfranchisement and a perceived sense of cultural marginalisation resulting from the consequences of globalisation. In doing so the clip quite simplistically attributes blame for our contemporary circumstances to those in power and seeks to scapegoat non-white (and presumably non-Christian) UK residents. In short, the clip is a work of racist propaganda, which attempts to galvanise its audience through emotional appeals to popularist notions of national identity. (Perkins. S, 2017)

Creator: Anonymous []. (2017). Happy 4th July to Donald Trump. On Independence Day, do you want fries with that shake?.

Creator: Jake Painter [Captain SKA]. (2017). Liar Liar GE2017.

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Creator: Manuel Braun (2017). Europe is Lost.

This clip created by fan Manuel Braun for the hip-hop, spoken word artist Kate Tempest/Calvert is a good example of the illustration video remix sub-genre. The video presents a compelling case for the potential of recycled footage - rather than generating from-new as is the norm. In doing so Braun combines images from reality TV with those of extremists, far right politicians as well as images of suffragette Emily Davison's tragic death with scenes of war, time-lapse nature documentaries, riots and cosmetic surgery. It does so with great timing and pacing. Despite this, the clip quite unsubtly illustrates Tempest's rhythmic tirade, shuffling through a series of literal representations, that are designed to shock and provoke (while providing only limited space for contemplation and reflection). (Perkins. S, 2017)

Creator: Anonymous [Mckinda]. (2017). Shooting Stars - Donald TRUMP meme [STAR WARS] Tour over a Galaxy with Donald and Hilary.

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