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FemTechNet (FTN) Distributed Open Collaborative Course (DOCC)Exquisite Engendering video ReMIX, MIXed Reality art project

The Distributed Open Collaborative Course (DOCC) is a feminist approach for 21st century learning and teaching in the age of social media connectivity. The DOCC is open access, multimodal publishing, collaborative research and publication, and transdisciplinary pedagogy. DOCC has intervened in education discourse on the authority of insular knowledge and one-way modes of communication in massive online courses toward multivocal and multimodal communication, learning, and knowledge production. The DOCC approach fosters rigorous dialogue to imagine, and then create, an equitable and socially just education. Recordings of FTN Video Dialogues have been about feminism and technology in relation to labor, race, sexualities, difference, bodies, machines, narrative, place, infrastrucures, archive, transformation, and wikistorming.

The FTN DOCC Exquisite Engendering project is a riff on the Dadaist's Exquisite Corpse art process and inspired by Erin Manning's (2007) book, Politics of Touch: Sense, Movement, Sovereignty (University of Minnesota Press). Manning describes engendering from Latin roots generrare, to generate. "To engender is to undertake a reworking of form. To engender is to potentialize matter. Engendering involves potentiality at its most fertile: it calls forth the link between the incorporeal and the material, between the virtual and the actual" (p. 90). FTN DOCC Exquisite Engendering processes and exhibitions from prior semesters are linked here: Spring 2015 exhibition and process; Fall 2014 exhibition and process.


Dr. Christine Liao teaches the course, "Integrating the Arts in Elementary Curriculum" at University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNC). There are 13 sophmore/junior level students in this online class. The students are preparing to become elementary school teachers. 

Dr. Karen Keifer-Boyd teaches the course, "Visual Culture & Educational Technologies" at The Pennsylvania State University (PSU). There are 8 junior level students in this residence course. The students are preparing to become preK-12 art educators.

Fall 2015 THEME: Body & Difference


  • Oct. 29: On the Exquisite Engendering "BodyDifference" Lino Canvas, post a selfie surrounded by symbols, artifacts, objects, fashion, or a place that says something about you. Your selfie is an introduction to a class of 13 elementary education students at UNC. The selfies will also be used for Exquisite Corpse drawing in class on Nov. 3 and selected sections of the drawings included in the remixes that are created for 5th grade audiences.
  • Nov. 2: UNC selfies on Lino due.
  • Nov. 3: Penn State Soundcloud responses to the two videos linked below are due.
  • Nov. 8: UNC Soundcloud responses due.
  • Nov. 12: Penn State 75-second remix videos (no longer than 2 minutes and no less than 30 seconds) due. Post remix URLs to UNC on Lino.
  • Nov. 15: UNC posts 75-second remix URLs to Penn State on Lino.
  • Nov. 19: On Nov. 17, each Penn State student selects 2 videos from UNC with your own for a curated set (PSU to include all from UNC) place in VoiceThread, & writes a Find Card, curator statement, & designs exhibition poster to be completed by Nov. 19.
  • Nov. 29: Penn State (Karen) prepares the website for the exhibition.
  • Dec. 2: UNC responds on VoiceThread
  • Dec. 10: Penn State responds on VoiceThread
  • Dec. 11: A 5th grade class responds to the remix videos on VoiceThread

Watch Comfortable: 50 People 1 Question (4:13 min.) and The Biology of the Skin (19 min., 2015 video) and use Soundcloud timeline for commentary.




Table of Contents




Step 1: Content research

Step 2: Groups form & develop concept/atmaking goals

Step 3: Create 75-second remix video to include exquisite engendering of selfies

Step 4: Online exhibition of the exquisite engendering project in VoiceThread. Commentary surrounds.




Working with Sound

1.  Find it online

2.  Create your own sound track


Working in conjunction with another FemTechNet DOCC node, we will experiment with something akin to the Surrealist Art movement’s “exquisite corpse” and jazz’s practice of riffing and, by way of this, we will collaboratively create a kind of remix project on body and difference that connects to, and builds from, the remixes sent to our class. Your exquisite engendering remix, mixed reality video may be created using any type of medium you might imagine - be bold and get creative! The final form of your contribution must, however, somehow be recorded in a video MP4 file format so it can be exhibited online as video. In Project 5, you will each curate an exhibition of the remix videos in VoiceThread so that you and others can add comments that surround your Exquisite Engendering Exhibition, as well as write areflection on your remix and exhibition as part of Project 6, a portfolio of your work and learning in the course.



Step 1

Listen to the two SoundCloud audio above. Discuss and respond individually on the audio timeline in SoundCloud:

  1. What are the ideas communicated in relationship to the theme of body and difference?
  2. Why is difference important and for whom?
  3. What troubles you regarding the ideas presented and why?
  4. How does or could the ideas connect to your life and work?
  5. What ideas did you find particularly significant, powerful, or insightful, and why?
  6. What questions arise from watching the video that would contribute to class discussion about visual culture and educational technologies?

Step 2

Draw extensions to the selfies in relation to the theme of body and difference in an exquisite (corpse) engendering activity at the November 3 class meeting. Class discussion of individual responses to the videos to form teams and directions for each of the 75 second remix videos. Discuss what aspect of the video you will be remixing. You might make this choice based on wanting to add to a particular idea; to illustrate a particular idea; to critique a particular idea; to further explore a particular idea; or other motivations.

Step 3

Use strategies and resources for remix video and create your team's 75-second remix. See Course Calendar and REMIX EXAMPLES & TOOLS.
Upload to YouTube with Creative Commons Copyright License.



EXQUISITE CORPSE: Such a method of engagement and creation has a fascinating history in jazz music and also in the visual arts - specifically the early 20th Century Surrealist Art movement, as well as contemporary video art and remix aesthetics. Read about the New York Museum of Modern Art's exhibition on the Surrealist Movement's use of Exquisite Corpse as a creative strategy.

REMIX is the reworking or adaptation of an existing work. In music, film, literature and the visual arts, REMIX is a form of creativity that copies popular culture media/symbols and transforms them through juxtapositions to rewrite the meaning of signs that we have perhaps become too familiar with and no longer question. Remix the messages as well as the media. Mimic or critique mass media forms to create a counter-narrative or to expand on or highlight a particular theme. Expose the unmarked, re-envision how marked, reveal what is absent, critique the prevalent cultural stories in visual culture. Use remix aesthetics: extensions, translations, selections.

VIDEO ART: Use of time-based illusion to question dominant representations of reality. The message, while often implicit and sometimes metaphoric, has tended to be emphasized over formalist aesthetics. Often challenges institutionalized TV and films intended primarily for profit.

"Vidding" is another kind of reMIX!Learn more about vidding here: http://transformativeworks.org/projects/vidding

Surrealists’ Notion of Exquisite Corpse as Collaborative Work of Art:“The basic goal of the Surrealists is to generate a sense of unreality -- not simply of aborted reality, but of the not-real, indeed, the never-to-be-real. Surrealist artists want the viewer to experience unreality through their works, and find in them a clue to his or her own hidden reality. … The epitome of the Surrealist work of art is the so-called "exquisite corpse." … The assumption is that the collective unconscious of the group will produce a sentence that, however technically unintelligible, makes profound emotional sense. One sentence thus produced was "The exquisite corpse will drink the young wine" -- whence the label "exquisite corpse." It's suggestiveness is a function of its contradictoriness. "Corpse" implies death; "young wine," fresh life. Thus the beginning and the end are brought together. It also seems contradictory, not to say perverse, to call a corpse "exquisite." The sentence is absurd, but its details are evocative, separately and in combination. The importance of the exquisite corpse is that it is a collaborative work of art, and as such undermines the traditional idea of the independent author. More subtly, it suggests that each of its authors has something unconscious in common.” (from chapter 3, part 2 of Donald Kuspit’s 2006 book A Critical History of 20th-Century Art published in Artnet Magazine at http://www.artnet.com/magazineus/features/kuspit/kuspit4-25-06.asp )


**NOTE: The following information is applicable to USA contexts only **

Be aware and careful to stay within educational fair use of media to make a point, which is a way to avoid copyright infringement. Fragments, distortion of fragments, or references can be made without using another's intellectual and creative property.


Examples of machinima:

Working with Sound

1.         Find it online

Download the soundtracks that specify that you have permission to copy, distribute, remix and embed it into your project. Usually that means you can use it everywhere except where money is involved as long as you give proper credit to the provider. In order to give proper attribution you need to include the type of license, the artist's name and the title of the track with links and URLs.

Places to look:

2.         Create your own sound track

Remix the music, news or media broadcast and/or record sound effects or voice to overlay on media clips.

Suggestions for tools:

  • Use Audacity, GarageBand or other computer software to record and edit audio (e.g., voice, news and other media broadcasts, music)
  • Find Free Web Applications. There are many options for sound, text, and image editing summarized and linked at http://www.go2web20.net/

More specific tools:

You can use external to computer voice recorders (ipods, cameras, etc.) and record the audio from television or radio, or from shows accessible on the Internet. Note: an external microphone provides better quality for voice recording. Check out from Media & Technology Support Services (MTSS), a division of the University Libraries. MTSS offers for student check-out a full range of portable audiovisual and technology equipment (laptop computers, LCD projectors, digital video cameras, digital still cameras, digital audio recorders, SVGA supported television monitor, 16mm projectors, overhead projectors, etc.).You may check-out equipment at the Media & Technology Services (MTSS) at the Wagner Annex for 24 hours, a weekend, or other specified time periods. Reserve prior to date you need it by calling 865-5400 or emailing UL-MTSSEQ@LISTS.PSU.EDU.