Like the flute melody from Hinterland Who's Who, the 1970s haunt Canadian cultural memory. Though the decade often feels lost to history, Hinterland Remixed focuses on boldly innovative works as well as popular film, television, and music to show that Canada never fully left the 1970s behind. Andrew Burke reveals how contemporary artists and filmmakers have revisited the era's cinematic and televisual residues to uncover what has been lost over the years. Investigating how the traces of an analogue past circulate in a digital age, Burke digs through the remnants of 1970s Canadiana and examines key audiovisual works from this overlooked decade, uncovering the period's aspirations, desires, fears, and anxieties. He then looks to contemporary projects that remix, remediate, and reanimate the period. Exploring an idiosyncratic selection of works - from Michael Snow's experimental landscape film La Région Centrale, to SCTV's satirical skewering of network television, to L'Atelier national du Manitoba's video lament for the Winnipeg Jets - this book asks key questions about nation, nostalgia, media, and memory. A timely intervention, Hinterland Remixed demands we recognize the ways in which the unrealized cultural ambitions and unresolved anxieties of a previous decade continue to resonate in our current lives.
Andrew Burke is associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Winnipeg.
"Hinterland Remixed is as engaging as it is innovative and intelligent. I cannot overstate the quality, timeliness, and elegance of this work." Jennifer VanderBurgh, Saint Mary's University
"We need this book. Not only does Hinterland Remixed provide extremely compelling readings of 1970s objects and contemporary works that revisit this decade's artifacts; it accomplishes the interpretive goal of bringing the past inside the present." Peter Urquhart, Wilfrid Laurier University