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runran’s Revolution of Words

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

Screenshot of 'end of the rainbow' remix
R3/\/\1X\/\/0RX sprite

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.

Screenshot of A Revolution of Words, an interactive composition by Randy Adams and Christine Wilks
Click the image to play A Revolution of Words, an interactive composition by runran and crissxross.

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.

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

SonoBuoy

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SonoBuoy: a dance of disclosure is the third in a series of dynamic animated remixes I created for R3/\/\1X\/\/0RX in response to Alan Sondheim‘s avatar work. This one is remixed from Letting Slip and Turning Away Toward and Alan’s thinworld.mp4 (video) and blackswan.mp3 (music).

Letting Slip

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Letting Slip: a dance of disrememberment is the second in a series of dynamic animated remixes I created for R3/\/\1X\/\/0RX in response to Alan Sondheim‘s avatar work. This one is remixed from Turning Away Toward and Alan’s vyrgyn empy avatar and trudy (extract).