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Close To You - by Tzikeh (1999)

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Published on Mar 2, 2012

The practice of taking, expanding, and/or altering popular mass media narratives to create new derivative works is a core part of creative fan cultures. Tzikeh made "Close to You" by combining footage from The X-Files with love metaphors from the famous Carpenters song. While Tzikeh's remix is not overtly political, it is an exercise in reading against the original source. The X-Files portrayed Fox Mulder as the tortured, pained, but ultimately lovable hero, with his skeptical sidekick Dana Scully along for the ride to provide sexual tension. Tzikeh's vid transforms and mocks this characterization of Mulder by using the song's lyrics to poke fun at him, along with many of the show's larger tropes and clichés. The vid also functions as humorous meta-critique of the fandom itself by gently making fun of popular Mulder-Scully romance fan fiction.

• Learn more about Tzikeh and her vidding works via Fanlore:
http://fanlore.org/wiki/Tzikeh

FAIR USE NOTICE: This critical transformative work has been uploaded here for noncommercial educational and archival purposes as part of an academic history of remix video created before the launch of YouTube . As such we believe it constitutes a fair use of any copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US copyright law.

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