On Tuesday, Feb. 7, the staff of Salt Lake Community College’s literary magazine, Folio, served pizza and handed out free flash drives for the Franken-Folio art, literary and multimedia remix party.
The remix party was held in the Administration building on Redwood campus in a computer room where students were able to work with materials contained on the flash drives.
- Folio is currently accepting original works of art, literary and multimedia presentations
- Submissions for visual art and literature are due Feb. 22
- Submissions for the multimedia presentations and Franken-Folio remixes are due March 31
- Folio reading and presentations will be held April 19
The purpose of Franken-Folio remix is to help students to develop an incorporative piece of art that brings material from past folio submissions and copyright-free material together to create something new from the old.
“The name for Franken-Folio came from taking previous issues and taking content from them and piecing them together to make something new,” says Kristy Sabey, design editor for Folio. “It’s really up to your discretion to take the content and make it your own artistically.
“It’s the fun of the whole thing because there are so many different possibilities of what this could turn out to be. Feel free to be creative with it. Take it and make it your own.
“We are excited to see what you all come up with. If you don’t have a chance to do the remix contest we’d love your literature and your art. We want your stuff, so submit.”
“We want you to play”
The folio team obtained the material to use for the Franken-Folio remix through the Library of Congress, other copyright-free sources and previous Folio magazines.
The content includes music, sounds clips, videos, images, poetry and quotes from literary pieces. The intent is for students to play around with the content and be creative and submit more multimedia art pieces to Folio.
“We’ve been working on building the idea of multimedia submissions for several issues now and I was thinking about what might be a fun way to get people involved with the idea of multimedia,” says Lisa Bickmore, the faculty advisor of the publication, on where the idea for Franken-Folio came from.
“If you don’t have an idea it can be a little daunting to start a video or audio project. I thought, what if we gave [students] the raw materials and said [to them],rather than come up with a giant artistic statement, we want you to play. That might invite people all on their own to have more fun with it,” says Bickmore.
Homage to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
One of the literary works students can draw from are selections from Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein, as the title of this project pays tribute to. Much like Shelley’s monster, each Franken-Folio creation is a mash up collection of art mediums melding into one masterpiece.
“Typically when people hear the word remix their first impression is of a song type of remix,” says Jason McFarland, Folio’s literary editor.
“We’re asking for remixes in the more broad sense of the word in terms of just redoing, remashing and rearranging content. We are always trying to come up with ways to make submitting easier and more desirable because there is something intimidating about handing over something you make,” says McFarland. “That is something that we grapple with; how do we get more people to submit? Because the school is packed full of amazingly talented creative people and only a very, very small percentage submit.”
Students submitting to Franken-Folio are allowed to use what is provided on the flash drive. The contents of the flash drive will also be available on the Folio‘s website.
Students are encouraged to do what they want with this content in an art, literary or multimedia format as long as they give credit to those whose work they are remixing.