I did a short session with BA Media Communication students for their project , which is to explore remix culture, and to create a remixed video.
Remix can be described as utilising already existing material, such as found footage, old images and remixing/’mashing’ them together – archival images out there (copyright permitting of course!), are ideal to utilise.
Why remix? Why remix with archives? Archives allow you to re-imagine historical events through different perspectives, highlight the voices of those marginalised, such as Zoe Leonard’s and Cheryl Dunye’s fictional character Fae Richards, African-American actress born in the early 20th century
Re-mixing archives allow you to explore areas such as nostalgia – looking at new build up of towns/previous landscape, or comparing different areas landscape in art schools.
Remixing archives can provide contemporary spins and twists on the archive – particularly useful for Creative Writing for example how would a personality of a Anarchist in the 1980s react to political issues today?
Take a look at some of our images for remix here
Rebekah Taylor, Archivist