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creative works by Christine Wilks

Scenic trail of remixes

A crissxross trail < R3/\/\1X\/\/0RX

one remix player’s scenic route through remixworx

A new work! It’s a kind of meta-remix of my personal creative journey through remixworx, our collaborative online remixing project. Conceived as a poetic interactive infographic with lots of multimedia animated content, this ‘scenic route‘ presents a sample trail of 33 out of the 100 remixes I’ve created since joining the remixworx group blog in January 2007. The trail includes a text commentary about my experience of remixing and co-creating over the past six years.

This particular crissxross remix trail formed the core of my presentation for the ELMCIP conference on Remediating the Social in Edinburgh, on 2 November 2012. Remixworx founder, Randy Adams, also presented at the conference, remotely from Canada. He gave an overview of the project and showed a couple of remixes (bookish version 1.3 and Notes Noir) before giving a live online VJ performance of the Visual Poetry Generator 0.1, accompanied by a spoken word and music soundtrack. Below is a sample screenshot from VPG 0.1.

Sketch 1
Randy Adams’ screenshot of random animation created by a Flash engine called Visual Poetry Generator (VPG 0.1), used for VJ sets

See more images in the remixworx flickr pool. You can also see a video of our conference presentations on the ELMCIP bambuser channel.

Chris Joseph, another prolific remixer who has been in it from the start, couldn’t make the conference but he contributed to our section in the Remediating the Social catalogue (free download).

Remixworx at Remediating the Social

Remediating the Social, ELMCIP conference, Nov 2012An artists’ presentation of remixworx as a case study for Remediating the Social

ELMCIP Conference, Edinburgh, 1-3 November 2012

The final conference of the three year ELMCIP (Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice) research project was a splendid event. It combined academic papers and artists’ presentations with an exhibition and performance programme, and the launch of the ELMCIP Anthology of European Literature, which includes my work, Underbelly.

The whole conference is thoroughly documented in the ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base and on ELMCIP’s bambuser broadcast video channel. Here’s some documentation of the contribution that my co-remixer, Randy Adams, and I made to the conference.

R3/\/\1X\/\/0RX – a micro-community of creative digital discourse

Video of our presentation:

Remediating in print

There’s also a beautifully produced Remediating the Social catalogue in print which is also available as an ebook to download (free).

Remediated remixes for the page – two R3/\/\1X\/\/0RX pages in the Remediating the Social catalogue

spinNmix

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spin and mix some tasty morsels remixed from R3/\/\1X\/\/0RX – selected works + spinWORX

Digital Literature featured in The Independent

Underbelly and Fitting the Pattern recommended works

In an Arts & Entertainments feature in The Independent, Lisa Gee “explores the unbound possibilities of digital-era fiction” and announces the shortlist for the 2011 New Media Writing Prize. She asked a number of people working in digital writing and/or publishing to nominate their favourite works of digital literature and I’m delighted to say that Tim Wright and Jim Pope both recommended Underbelly, and Sue Thomas picked Fitting the Pattern. Here’s what they had to say in the accompanying video:

Underbelly screenshotTim Wright, digital writer/consultant, on Underbelly :

It’s a really interesting use of interactivity, Flash animation,  amazing sound and it’s a story about women miners but then also a thought piece about bearing children and motherhood and balancing work and home.

Dr James Pope, academic & judge/co-founder, New Media Writing Prize, on Underbelly :

I still maybe think it’s the best piece I’ve seen in terms of emotional connection to a piece of interactive work.

Detail from Fitting the PatternSue Thomas, professor of new media, De Montfort University, on Fitting the Pattern:

It’s beautifully designed, but it also has very clever tools within it that you have to learn how to use before you can actually navigate the piece and read the story.

Here are the other recommended works:

New Media Writing Prize 2011 – shortlist

Also announced yesterday on the New Media Writing Prize blog, the shortlist for the student prize:

Student Entries

  • Chasing Pandora – Emily Devereux, Allyson Cikor, Trent Redmond, Mathew Vickery  (Alberta, Canada)
  • 5 Haitis – Simon Kerr  (Nottingham)
  • Maybe Make Some Change – Aaaron A. Reed  (Santa Cruz, California)
  • Unravelled –   Spenser Wain, Zac Urness, Kollin Branicki  (Alberta, Canada)

Rememori – a new work

Rememori - a game and e-poem

Rememori is a degenerative memory game and playable poem that grapples with the effects of dementia on an intimate circle of characters.

Play-read or read-play, however you approach it and whoever you identify with, you’ll become entangled in a struggle for accurate recall, attention and the search for meaning. Inevitably, it’s a contrary game – there can be no winners.

I began creating Rememori about a year ago, when my father was in the later stages of Alzheimer’s Disease but still living at home, being cared for by my mother. I finished the work this weekend, coincidentally just as my father moved from a hospital ward into a Nursing Care Home. On the face of it, the main reason why it’s taken so long to make is because I took time out to work on other projects. During that period my father had a third massive stroke and the prognosis didn’t look good. So for a while, I think I was reluctant to return to the piece. I’m glad I did. There can be no happy endings in situations like these but, now that we have him settled in our preferred Care Home, there’s a sense of respite. I think the work reflects that, certainly in the later stages of the game.

Having said that, the work is a game – it’s not factual, it’s not autobiographical, but like all works of art, it’s fed by reflecting on one’s experience.

Modified image of brain: source thanks to Wellcome Library, London.