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remixLIT 2013

  1. Elayne Zalis A Crash Course on Creativity Stanford Venture Lab November 12, 2012 remixLIT 2013 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland + The Wonderful Wizard of Oz = New Story
  2. Our Source Texts* *We use public domain and Creative Commons versions of the books and supplementary materials, e.g., illustrations, films, and recordings.
  3. The remixLIT Challenge We’re taking our favorite mind sport to a whole new level. You spoke, and we listened. Now, remix teams anywhere in the world have a chance to compete in the annual remixLIT playoffs. If you love literature and want to exercise your own imagination, join us for the next remixLIT challenge.
  4. Whether you’re a player, a sponsor, a coach, or a fan, you’ll discover why people across the globe are raving about remixLIT, a mind sport for the digital age.
  5. Background Throughout history, artists, poets, novelists, musicians, filmmakers, and videomakers have remixed material by others in creative ways. As Kirby Ferguson explains in his June 2012 TED talk, “Everything is a remix.” He breaks down the process into three steps: COPY TRANSFORM COMBINE According to Ferguson, this model represents the basic elements of all creativity, even when the process is unconscious rather than intentional. Picasso allegedly expressed a similar thought: “Good artists copy; great artists steal.” In our wired, digital society, new communications tools are making it easier than ever to remix a variety of media, from print to mobile apps.
  6. Redefining Authorship Remixing is emerging as a popular art form that Kirby Ferguson and others urge us to embrace. We invite you to accept that challenge: Play remixLIT 2013 and push the boundaries of literature. At the same time, pay homage to our cultural heritage. Contestants will copy, transform, and combine material from two classics of children’s literature to create an “original” multimedia story.
  7. Objectives For the remixLIT 2013 challenge, players will work with the two primary source texts that we have selected this year: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Both texts are in the public domain and can therefore be remixed without copyright infringement.
  8. Tap into rich multimedia archives.
  9. In addition to the two selected books and other works by the same authors, you will have access to assorted archival materials that we’ve curated for remixLit 2013. You’ll find downloadable copies of most illustrations that have appeared in various versions of the selected books. You’ll also find related films and videos as well as audio readings of the stories. “Alice Remix” is online now. Check it out. The screen shots that follow provide a preview of what you’ll find on our site. All the links there are active, so visit that site when you’re ready to start your remix challenge. If you’d like a short movie break first, consider watching the 1903 silent film version of Alice in Wonderland, directed by Percy Stow & Cecil M. Hepworth.
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  16. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum “Dorothy Remix” will be posted soon on In the meantime, reread this classic children’s story, courtesy of the Internet Archive.
  17. remixLIT 2013 Round 1 Guidelines • Create a new story by remixing the written texts, illustrations, photos, films, videos, audio readings, music, and other materials assembled in the multimedia archive for this competition.* (You may work by yourself or with a team.) • Submit your remixed story in the format or platform of your choice, e.g., pdf, video, slides, music, podcast, website, blog, social media, mobile app, game, or e-book. If you prefer to take a transmedia approach to storytelling, connect two or more strategically related formats or platforms. • Judges will select the top 25 entries. The contestants who submit those remixes will be invited to enter Round 2. *To the best of our knowledge, all the source materials used in the competition either are in the public domain or are available under a Creative Commons license.
  18. remixLIT 2013 Round 2 We will set up remix stations for the twenty-five participants (or groups) in this round. Located near the contestants’ homes—which may be anywhere in the world—the venues will be wired for live video streaming on the web during the eight-hour competition. We will provide the participants with new multimedia material related to the two main source texts that they used in Round 1. Participants will remix this new material to create a sequel to their first remix. During the eight-hour event, contestants will have to reach a series of milestones. Points will be awarded both for speed and ingenuity. Friends of remixLIT 2013 who make a donation to our nonprofit literacy organization will have a chance to view the live webcast, send comments to the contestants, offer suggestions, and vote for the entries they like best. Our experts will also judge the competition. The top three contestants will move on to Round 3.
  19. remixLIT 2013 Round 3 On the day after Round 2, the three finalists will return to their respective remixing stations to compete in the third and last round of remixLIT 2013. For this challenge, contestants will add another layer to their previous work by remixing it with documentary video footage of the contestants in Round 2. In this way, the story inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz will include remembrances of remixLIT 2013. The three finalists thus will become characters in the stories that they’re remixing. The winner will become an international spokesperson for literacy.
  20. For additional background on the theory and practice of remixing, see the four-part web video series that Kirby Ferguson produced, Everything is a Remix, which he shares and discusses on his blog. He also includes references.