xtine is a new media artist and educator. Her projects motivate interactive audiences to understand virtual experiences as personal arenas for discovery and meaning-making. She is an abstract thinker, conceptual artist, collaborator, and writer.
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.
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.
If you used Digital Foundations in the classroom, I hope you’ll enjoy my updated text, Foundations of Digital Art and Design. The book is written for CS6 and the Creative Cloud, and it is organized by the topics: vector design, digital photography, digital manipulation, typography, the web, and effective work habits. Exercises focus on demonstrating design concepts using Adobe software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Bridge, Dreamweaver, and InDesign. The accompanying website is full of student and instructor resources.
I visited my office mailbox for the first time since last December and was delighted to find a super review of Net Works by Karie Hollerbach in the Visual Communication Quarterly April-June volume. It would be a copyright infringement for me to post the review in its entirety here, but my favorite snippet is this:
“The result is a lively and successful interplay that clearly relates theoretical constructs to the actual practice-based act of creating new media projects.”
Paul and I are happy to see Visual Communication on the Web, our new book collaboration, in print. Here’s the short and sweet blurb, followed by the text on the Routledge website:
SHORT AND SWEET:
We made this book for students in xtine’s web art and design classes. Lester’s introductions weave quirky introductions to theory, principles, and histories that relate to exercises in Dreamweaver/code developed by Burrough. Throughout the book, the reader develops one web page. It takes a semester (or quarter/class) to learn the ins and outs of web development and Burrough sets up the students for possible errors and mistakes throughout the text. This book allows the “web design” teacher to teach the art and craft of code to a wide range of students with little prior knowledge.
A “classroom in a book” for artists and designers who want to learn how to create a visually organized composition for the web and how to develop code
FROM THE ROUTLEDGE WEBSITE:
Most web design books developed for the trade market are a series of exercises without a theoretical, aesthetic, or historic framework. In this book, Visual Communication on the Web,web design exercises are accompanied by concise introductions that relate history, design principles, and visual communication theories to the practice of designing for the web.
Specifically, Visual Communication on the Web teaches the reader to develop one dynamic web page over the course of 14 chapters. Exercises build upon each other so the reader creates and revises the work while learning new code or tools. Predictable mistakes are purposely included so that readers learn how to ‘fix’ the project while working on it—a much-needed skill for anyone interested in coding. By the end of this course-in-a-book, readers will have created a web page with a centered container div, a Lightbox image gallery, and an external style sheet using HTML, CSS, and copy-pasted and modified code.
The Interactive eTextbook provides concise videos of burrough detailing some of the more complex step-by-step instructions and original chapter introductions by Lester. Users of the eTextbook may also engage in a traditional assessment exercise to test their knowledge of new material. For those who aren’t reading electronically, many of these resources are freely available on the blog, viscommontheweb.wordpress.com.
With its easy to follow instruction and witty introductions, Visual Communication on the Webmakes an excellent companion to xtine burrough’s Digital Foundations and Net Works as well as Paul Martin Lester’s Visual Communication: Images with Messages.
Includes a free one-year subscription to the Interactive e-Text version.
I’m teaching Digital Foundations online right now, so when the wiki went down recently I began to share work files with my students directly. There are two ways around this temporary problem: you can visit an archive of the site or you are also welcome to download the work files directly, as follows:
On Tuesday July 26 at 7pm Dorkbot presents the launch of Net Works: Case Studies in Web Art and Design edited by xtine burrough. xtine will be speaking alongside researcher, artist and writer Jonah Brucker-Cohen as well as the Canadian digital artist Jeremy Rotsztain. Machine Project is located in Echo Park. This is an open/free event.
xtine burrough makes participatory projects for networked publics. Her recent work recovers feminist texts through mediation and reimagines virtual crowd workers as bodies with agency.
Using social platforms, databases, search engines, blogs, and applications in combination with popular sites like Facebook, YouTube, or Mechanical Turk, she creates web communities promoting interpretation and autonomy. burrough is passionate about using digital tools to translate common experiences into personal arenas for discovery. Emergent themes in her work include culture jamming, net.art, appropriation, and translation.
As an author, burrough has written, edited, and co-edited several books including The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies (2014), Foundations of Digital Art and Design (2013) and Net Works: Case Studies in Web Art and Design (2011). She is the editor of The Visual Communication Quarterly.
With Dr. Sabrina Starnaman, burrough is a recipient of a Humanities Texas Award (2016-2017). She received a California Humanities Award (2015-16 with Dr. Dan Sutko); a Terminal Net Art Award, a UK Big Lottery commission developed by Cornerhouse for the Abandon Normal Devices and Looping the Loop Festivals; and she is a 13th Annual (2009) Webby Award Honoree in the Weird category. Her 2005 project, Delocator.net was positively reviewed in a wide range of media outlets including newspapers, radio, television, and film. burrough has participated in international festivals promoting digital art and culture including Abandon Normal Devices (Manchester, UK), Designs on E-Learning (Helsinki), Electrofringe (AU), Futuresonic (UK), iDMAa, ISEA (Hong Kong 2016, Albuquerque 2012, and Belfast 2009), Sonar (SP) and Prog:ME (BR).
Recent projects include The Women of El Toro, A Vigil For Some Bodies, @IKnowTheseWords, On the Web, O Browser, My Browser, and multiple iterations of the Mechanical Olympics. Her website is missconceptions.net.
xtine is an associate professor in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at The University of Texas at Dallas, where she co-directs SPACE Media Lab with Dr. Banner and Dr. Knight; and she regularly works in collaboration with LabSynthe directed by Dr. Dufour. She is an Advisory Board Member of the Feminist Research Collective.