Randy Adams RIP
Randy Adams, media mixeur and founder of the collaborative creative community, R3/\/\1X\/\/0RX (remixworx), passed away peacefully in Nanaimo, Canada, with his wife JoAnn by his side, on 25 April 2014. He published his bio posthumously on Facebook. Today there will be a celebration of his life in Departure Bay, Vancouver Island. This is my virtual offering.
run the [creative] program randy
That’s how Randy Adams, aka runran, unpacked his digital pen name in the comments under one of R3/\/\1X\/\/0RX’ earliest blog posts, scream to be remixed, in December 2006, shortly before I joined. I will always be thankful that runran founded remixworx, an ongoing collaborative space for remixing digital media, not least because, as long as it remains online, we will always be able to run the [creative] program randy. His spritely spirit – and spirited sprite – runs throughout, inspiring, spawning, mixing, melding, entertaining, provoking, mutating… Let the tags lead you on a merry dance. For instance, of the many characters shedding digital debris, perhaps ponder the codeman or cyborg or, if you peer into the shadow moment and look inside, you might sense runran in imaginary places. Explore.
Randy initiated and enabled so much online creativity, literally hundreds of remixes, and earlier collaborative projects too that predate social media, like the enchanting Imaginary Post Office where he was postmaster. From our first virtual meeting at the trAce Online Writing Centre, where he inspired me to become a digital writer and artist, to our years of creative remixing, I will treasure my association with runran and all the cross-pollinations he inspired.
A Revolution of Words (Dec 2013) is the last creative collaboration that I worked on with Randy while he was battling against the side-effects of chemotherapy. It invites the speculative reader to Spin the Revolution and thus a play on words becomes a game of chance where meaning is at stake. The words are all runran’s, he chose the images too, and I did the codework. So try our useful online tool to find new meaning in your life. Give it a spin and see which dictum, watchword, slogan, epigram, mantra, motto, pitch, patter or spiel fortune favours for you!
I will miss collaborating with my dear friend, runran, as will many others. For instance, see In Memory of Randy Adams 1951-2014 by Sue Thomas, founder of the trAce Online Writing Community, Jeremy Hight’s An Interview with Randy Adams at Unlikely Stories and Remembering Randy Adams | Electronic Literature Organization. Also see Leonardo Flores’ review of “[con]artist” by Randy Adams at I Love E-Poetry.