|FemTechNet (FTN) Distributed Open Collaborative Course (DOCC)Exquisite Engendering video ReMIX, MIXed Reality art project|
Table of Contents
OVERVIEW of ASSIGNMENT
KEY LEARNING OBJECTIVES
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.
Historical CONTEXT on ART FORMS
FAIR USE OF MEDIA
REMIX EXAMPLES & TOOLS
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.
Listen to the two SoundCloud audio above. Discuss and respond individually on the audio timeline in SoundCloud:
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.
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.
- Remix Culture: Fair Use is Your Friend (5:14 min http://blip.tv/file/2081224 ) explains why the Code for Fair Use in Online Video (http://www.centerforsocialmedia.org/fair-use/resources/publications/fair_use_in_online_video/ ) got created, and how the Code can help you create online videos that employ fair use of copyrighted material.
- Remix Culture: The Early Years (http://blip.tv/file/1046991 ) highlights some of the best of the many different videos online that are using fair use.
- See also http://www.centerforsocialmedia.org/fair-use/videos/podcasts/fair-use-and-free-speech
- Copying Is Not Theft (1 min.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeTybKL1pM4&feature=player_embedded#!
- Credit Is Due (The Attribution Song) (1:16 min.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPtH2KPuQbs&feature=endscreen&NR
Examples of video remixes:
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:
- GarageBand is a free application provided on newer Mac computers.
- Audacity is a free digital audio editor and recording application, available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and other operating systems. http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
- Soundation http://www.go2web20.net/app/?a=soundation
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.