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The following links to an iOS app and a website, an interview transcript (PDF), and an interview audio file (MP3) are included in support of xtine burrough and Dan Sutko’s proposal, The Women of El Toro:


The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies

xtine holding routledge companion to remix studies

Nearly three years ago Eduardo Navas and Owen Gallagher reached out to me to collaborate on a book project they had been developing on remix studies. Just weeks ago, our years of working together arrived on my doorstep in hard-cover form: The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies.

The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies comprises contemporary texts by key authors and artists who are active in the emerging field of remix studies. As an organic international movement, remix culture originated in the popular music culture of the 1970s, and has since grown into a rich cultural activity encompassing numerous forms of media.

The act of recombining pre-existing material brings up pressing questions of authenticity, reception, authorship, copyright, and the techno-politics of media activism. This book approaches remix studies from various angles, including sections on history, aesthetics, ethics, politics, and practice, and presents theoretical chapters alongside case studies of remix projects. The companion website is a valuable resource for readers, educators, and students.

This project was truly fun to work on and I’m honored to have collaborated with so many creative and thoughtful artists and scholars.

Handmade Scroll of Jack Holding His Scroll

Halftone scroll of jack holding his scroll

Halftone Scroll of Jack Holding His Scroll.
Digital prints on vellum with Highland tape, 5.5 by 14 feet.
Right wall: Marked-up book and On The Web via touch-device.

Image tiling in Illustrator was the key to production in the making of this giant scroll of Jack holding his scroll. A happy accident: The pixelization in the halftone pattern sort of looks like a copyright symbol (appropriate seen as how the image this is based upon is appropriated from a photograph taken long ago by Gerry Nicosia) and/or a smiley face (an image that sometimes appeared on LSD stickers, I forget how I know this but it’s not by direct experience…anyhow, Jack would have probably liked that reference even though the publication of On The Road was a little ahead of the Timothy Leary era).

On Brands and Branding in Chapman’s 2013 Design Symposium Branding Issue

x with chapman journal

Chapman University 2013 Design Symposium: The Branding Issue, Vol. 1, Issue 1

Chapman University published its first design journal to accompany their 2013 Design Symposium. Though I wasn’t able to attend the symposium, my article, On Brands and Branding was included in the journal—a beautiful, hard-cover issue that also includes contributions from Brittany Rosenblatt, selections from the 2013 Orange County Design Awards, Iridium Group, and Armin Vit.

keep calm and carry on in pixels

From footnote 21: Remaining quiet and immobile creates a mass audience that remains passive and more easily manipulated.

My article, “On Death Brands and Dying Branding” is a selective remix of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’ 1969 book, On Death and Dying. The words “brand” and “branding” are substituted in salient quotes from Kübler-Ross’ text for the words “death” and “dying.” The Swiss-born psychiatrist developed her “5 Stages of Grief” hypothesis to help the medical industry understand the emotional processes undergone by patients suffering from terminal illnesses. By substituting “brand/branding” for Kübler-Ross’ primary target (death/dying), I suggest a culture in which brands and branding are the norm will enact a process of grieving akin to that of the terminally ill.

“On Death Brands and Dying Branding” appears on pages 39-47, but the bulk of the investigation is within the footnotes, pages 44-7.

Walk On Wire

walk on wire on an iphone 4

Walk On Wire previewed on an iPhone 4.

My goal this summer was to create an app for publication in the iTunes store, and here we are nearing the end of July and the app is available! I watched the better part of 3 videos and cobbled together a lot of code I found out there on the web. The Apple Developer program, thank goodness, comes with two free emailed Q+A with an Apple guru. I only had to use one of them (saving the other in case something else comes up). So here it is: I created Walk On Wire in homage to Philippe Petit’s famous high-wire walk between the NYC Twin Towers on August 7th, 1974 (he performed this only 20 days before I was born in Albany).

xtine walking on virtual wire

xtine walks her virtual wire, nearly 40 years after Petit’s NYC high wire performance.

You can download the app for your iphone or ipad. Open it, click and hold to create a pin, telling the app where your walk should start and end. Your virtual high wire will be drawn between your two pins and the view shifts to an aerial perspective.

Part balancing and athletic challenge, part game, part homage to Philippe Petit’s NYC high-wire walk, this app enables anyone to experience what it’s like to perform a high-wire walk without leaving the ground. Just keep one thing in mind: Don’t look down!

Angelica Perez Wins Second Place!!!


What Dog Breeds Best Suit Your Personality Type? Second Place Winner, AEJMC Best of the Web

I’m so darn proud of my student, Angelica Perez, who just graduated in May 2014 with her BA in Communications: she tied for 2nd place in the AEJMC Best of the Web (Individual/Class Projects/Web Design) competition for her final portfolio project, What Dog Breeds Best Suit Your Personality Type? Her project, coded mostly by herself (with the help, of course, of some Javascript and CSS found online), is included in a category with some very impressive works by students at Indiana University, UNC Chapel Hill and University of Nevada, Reno.

Angelica is an up and coming web designer. She just moved to Seattle. She is, I’m sure, going to be a life-long learner. She also loves dogs. This project of hers pairs dog breeds with people’s personality types based on a combination of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Test, the Keirsey Temperament Sorter and the Brain Color assessment tool.

If you like dogs, or web design, or both, you should check out her award-winning work!

Coming Soon: The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies

Today Eduardo Navas, Owen Gallagher and I are submitting our completed, 41-chapter anthology to our editor at Routledge. The expected publication date of the Routledge Companion to Remix Studies is in December this year. Whew!

This is the 5th time I’ve prepared a manuscript for publication, my third with Routledge, and my third collaboration. Eduardo and Owen are amazing. They are dedicated scholars with passion for their field and care for their peers. I had a blast working with both of them, and look forward to the next phase: copy editing proofs, finalizing a cover design, and assembling a conference or festival to celebrate the book release.