Re(media)te – 2015 Make Cycle #2

Re(media)te – 2015 Make Cycle #2

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This Make was created by Scott Filkins, Katrina Kennett, Ryan Kerr, and Karla Schroeder University of Illinois Writing Project

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For this Make Cycle, we invite you to consider how the media we compose within (like print, sound, still and moving image, or objects) influence how we communicate and interpret.  In this Make Cycle, we will mediate and re-mediate and reflect on how the affordances of different media impact our choices, processes, and meanings.

Ryan moved from image to words in this remediation:

Remediation – as we’ll be thinking about it here – is unrelated to another use of the term in education: we are not talking about “remediating kids” as in “remedy”-ing them.  Here, the focus is on media, and ways in which moving from one medium to another changes what we are able to communicate and how we are able to do so.

The processes of mediation and remediation are occurring all around us.  When we add content to a Facebook page, personal journal, or scrapbook, we are mediating ourselves and experiences. In doing so, we work within (and sometimes push back against) the constraints of the medium. Every medium we compose within offers affordances that we can take advantage of: a photograph captures color in a way that text cannot, but text can convey conversation that happened at the moment of the photograph. Similarly, music offers the tools of pitch, rhythm, and tone color; so while a sculpture may be inspired by a song, it has to communicate differently because it works with line, texture, and dimension. When we move from one medium to another, we can notice the affordances and constraints that each medium offers (for and against) our purposes.

Make with Me!

For this Make Cycle, we would love for you to choose something (an artifact, a story, a picture, a video clip, an anything) and over the course of the week remediate it through one or more different media. A remediation cycle might start as a drawing, move to a video, then to a cross stitched text, then to a webpage. Another cycle might begin with a blog post, move to a garden sculpture, become a gif, and result in a speech. You might even may choose to browse the Makes from the first week’s cycle and remediate an introduction someone posted, with proper attribution of course!

The media you choose to work with are up to you. We hope that you will be inspired to explore at least one unfamiliar medium to prompt new understanding about what it means to translate a message from one medium to another. If you’re looking for a place to start, consider remediating your introductory artifact from the first Make Cycle. Over the course of the Make Cycle, we’ll consider how remediation draws attention to our composing processes and our identities as composers.

Check out these resources — How can we mediate and remediate?

Not sure where to start?  During last week’s Make, Karla found inspiration for remediation by taking an everyday image in the medium of digital photography (which strives to make the medium immediate, or invisible) and using some of the photo editing tools below to hypermediate, or make the presence of a mediation extremely visible. The proliferation of rainbow-enhanced profile pictures on social media sites last week speaks to the same idea, and particularly reminds us how we use the affordances of a digital medium to convey aspects of our identities.



Word Clouds


Comic Strip Creators

Sound Resources

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5 Examples Completed for this Make

  1. Kindergarten Glitch
       submitted by Jennifer Denslow

    This video uses my “un” troduction from make cycle #1 to (re)mediate one artifact into something new.

  2. Interactive online lesson with OfficeMix
       submitted by Jonas Bäckelin

    My re-mediate will move from course literature to PowerPoint, from a presentation to Khan-Academy-style digital storytelling in an interactive online lesson with the add-in called OfficeMix.

  3. Remediating Flamenco in Double Time
       submitted by Mary Montgomery

    Picking up on Chad Sansing’s prompt to choose the last 10 of something. I decided to use the last 10 pictures I took on a recent trip to Spain. On my last night in Sevilla I saw a Flamenco show. During the show we were asked to be very quiet. Yet, throughout the show an older Spanish speaking woman would call out, making the performers laugh and interact with her. The only time we were permitted to take picture was the last 5 minutes. As we began to do this they invited the woman onto the stage and engaged her… Read more »

  4. What Makes a Woman?
       submitted by Deanna Mascle

    A remediated poem created of selected text from Elinor Burkett’s opinion piece from the New York Times Sunday Review (June 6, 2015)

  5. On Introducing My Son To Classic Video Games
       submitted by Michael Flinchbaugh

    This essay remediates a couple screen-capture videos I made with my son Elliott. Here’s a link to one. It’s funny if you have a childish sense of humor. https://youtu.be/GPwm4eO1UqA

1 Tutorial Created for this Make

  1. How to Turn Your Video Clips into Animation
       submitted by Jill Dawson

    This make is a screen cast explaining the process of app smashing that I used to create an animated video remix, using my own video footage.

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