“I Invented Nothing New”
I’m onto the second module, which is entitled “Remix, Copy, Combine and Transform”. The prompt for this activity was as follows:Step 1: Take a favorite poem (or song) Step 2: Think about how long you want to make the remixed version Step 3: Take some scissors. Step 4: Cut-up the original work into separate lines. Put them all in a bag. Step 5: Shake gently. Step 6: Next take out each cutting one after the other. Step 7: Copy conscientiously in the order in which they left the bag. Step 8: Share the final version. Embellishment and rule breaking is optional and will not be penalized because we understand that there are rebels in the group!
I decided to pick the most famous They Might Be Giants song “Birdhouse in you Soul”
And here is what I ended up drawing out:
This was an interesting exercise. I was struck by the powerlessness that I felt, giving in to the random nature that each line of the song might appear. I felt more like a curator than a creator, and must admit, that I made a couple of redraws to suit my tastes as the poem started to come together. I was surprised at how melancholy this rearrangement seemed to me, contrasted with the exuberant nature of the original song!