Unit 11: ximeR and M@$#up

Not technically a course this is another experiment in offering a full ds106 experience to open participants based on previous syllabi taught at the University of Mary Washington (UMW). The first was August-December 2013 as a “Headless ds106”. This Open ds106 is a re-organization of that experience, but without references to date or time- this could be something individuals or groups could do at any time, at any pace. See the full index to learn more.

For this unit you’ll be exploring the culminating ideas of ds106, remixes and mashups, the recasting of existing media into new forms by creative combination and editing. This will build off of your previous work in all media forms. And we will even remix our own assignments.

Some will split hairs over the differences/definitions of remix and mashup. Let’s try to say that remix is usually a creative edit of one form of media, such as the recut movie trailer below or the musical remixes of Girl Talk; mashups refer to the mixing of media/content of from disparate places. Both involve the creative act of making something new from previous works. We ask you to try and sort it out and tell us if the difference really matters.

We triple dog dare you to do some remixes (and those 3 rules? bend ’em, break ’em, ignore ’em, just remix some art!)


A recut trailer that changes the entire meaning of a movie by re-ordering the cuts and changing the music…

And as a bonus, what you will explore this week may beg the question of what is creativity. See this perspective: Charles Bukowski on the Ideal Conditions and Myths of Creativity, Illustrated by Zen Pencils

What is Remix?
References on Remix
Remix/Mashup Examples
Running into Copyright
For The Remix! Remixing a 'Post-Photographic Portrait'
Remixing A ds106 Assignment
Other Remix/Mashup Assignments
Unit Summary