“UVA Remixed” requires pulling together your combined knowledge and skills to create thoughtful, well-designed remixes in 3 different forms. This capstone project will allow you to deepen your technical and conceptual knowledge of remixing, gain project management skills, develop well-researched arguments using more than written text, collaborate with peers, reflect on your own learning, and design and present work for a public audience.
What You’ll Be Doing
Working in teams of 4, your challenge is to create a textual remix, an audio remix, and a video remix that address a single issue that matters to UVA students. While all three parts of the project must address the same issue, they should not all make the same argument; rather, each remix should comment on a different angle of the overall issue. For example, let’s say your main issue was sexual assault on campus. You might produce a project that involves doing something like this:
-Textual Remix: manipulating the language of a document about campus policies on sexual assault in order to point out problems with that language
-Audio Remix: mashing up sound bites from local and national stories about the consequences of sexual assault for wealthy white college men (e.g. many receive little if any punishment after being charged)
-Video Remix: altering video (from news, primetime TV specials, etc.) regarding the Rolling Stone scandal about sexual assault at UVA to explore the impact of that scandal
Notice how each of these remix ideas deals with a different angle/argument: the ineffectiveness of campus policies, the special treatment of perpetrators, and what has changed (or not) as a result of a specific case.
Your team will also write a collaborative artists’ statement and present your work at our end-of-semester “Remix Showcase.” This event will be open to the UVA community and attended by a panel of judges that will evaluate each team’s work and performance. Detailed guidelines for project tasks are listed below.
Around mid-semester, you will be assigned project teams and begin exploratory research. This includes coming up with several different topics, locating and reading relevant articles (or other media), discussing the possible angles of these topics and determining what argument(s) might be made about them, and pitching your team’s best idea to the class for feedback.
Once your team decides on a topic you need to determine what particular media might work well for each part of your project. You have the freedom to use whatever material you wish as long as you are adhering to fair use. Here are some guidelines and possibilities:
–Textual Remix: aim to work with roughly 1-2 pages worth of text; you may choose something that has both text and images if you would like to manipulate the images as well.
Examples: UVA event fliers, promotional materials or pamphlets, websites, news or magazine articles
–Audio Remix: your audio remix must be 2 minutes in length; it should include at least 5 different audio files.
Examples: recorded speeches made by UVA faculty or admin; music associated with UVA or produced by UVA students; non-UVA-related music, soundbites of speeches or dialogue, or sound effects that would enhance your remix
-Video Remix: your video remix should be 2-3 minutes in length; it should include at least 7 different video files.
Examples: news footage that features UVA; various kinds of found footage (from internet, TV, or film), images, and music that could be used to critique or makes us think differently about an issue that matters to/affects UVA students
Proposal and Project Management Plan
Each team is responsible for emailing me a detailed project proposal and management plan that includes the following information. This should be 2-3 pages (single-spaced):
- Names of team members and list of skills/knowledge that each member brings to the group (i.e. what each member does best)
- Description of topic and explanation of why it matters to UVA students
- Initial ideas for each remix (text, audio, video) and what argument/angle these different remixes will explore
- List of possible materials for each remix (these could be links to text, audio, and video, and/or descriptions of what kind of material you’re still looking for)
- Description of how the project work will be divided among team members; include each team member’s responsibilities and work load
- Detailed schedule of work (include timeline with dates of deadlines for the various parts of the project)
- Description of how your team plans to hold everyone accountable for their responsibilities.
Nothing in your proposal is set in stone, and it is likely that some things will change as you begin work. That’s fine. This document simply allows me to provide initial feedback on your plan of action, and serves as a way to organize your team’s work flow and project ideas early in the process.
Collaborative Artists’ Statement
The statement should be a minimum of 1000 words. It should be written formally (not in list form), edited, and polished. I would suggest using a google doc to facilitate your collaborative writing process. Your team’s statement should address the following (though you may write about them in any order you wish):
-Describe in detail the specific compositional choices and goals of each of your team’s remixes. What kinds of material did you choose to incorporate and why? What were some of the important editing decisions and how did they help to create desired effects? What is the goal or goals of your remixes? How are the 3 remixes related or part of a larger issue that matters to UVA students? What specific arguments, feelings, or experiences do you want your remixes to convey?
-Describe in detail how ideas from the course readings informed or inspired your remix projects. You must cite a minimum of 5 different course texts in your statement.
-Make a hypothesis: How do you think the audience (including the panel of judges) will react to your remixes? What leads you to believe so? In your team’s opinion, which of your remixes is the strongest and which is the weakest? Why?
-If you had more time and resources, what are some things that your team would do to improve upon your remixes? Which aspects of the project did your team struggle with the most?
-In what ways has this project changed your ideas about what “composition” is or could be? What are the most valuable things you have learned from doing this project?
In addition to your team’s collaborative artist statement, each team member needs to prepare a statement (minimum 500 words) that addresses the following:
-Discuss, in detail, your individual contributions to your team’s project (include both minor and major contributions—basically everything you did to help with the project at each stage). This should be a formal written statement (not a list). Which of these things do you consider to be your most significant contribution and why?
-How would you evaluate your overall performance as a team member on a scale from 1-10 (1 = poor, 10 = excellent)? Describe why you gave yourself this score.
-In a paragraph or two, please evaluate your team’s collaborative process. Describe your group dynamics. Do you feel that your team’s collaboration was successful? Why? What worked about your team’s collaborative process? What didn’t work so well about it? Do you feel that everyone carried their weight equally? Were the tasks divided evenly? Who was the group leader (or leaders) in your opinion?
-What was the most difficult thing about collaborating on a project like this? What are some things your team could have done to improve your collaborative working situation? What have you learned about collaboration?
-What grade do you think your team’s project deserves and why?
*This will not be seen by anyone but Dr. Ceraso, so please provide an honest and accurate assessment of your team.
Be sure to create a properly formatted works cited page that includes citations for all of the media (textual, audio, and video) used in your project, as well as any course readings cited in your collaborative artist statement. Combine all citations in a single word document. Please use MLA format.
On the last day of class, we will have a “Remix Showcase” that is open to the UVA community (you may invite friends, teachers, or whomever you’d like). During this showcase, each team will introduce, explain, and present their 3 remixes in a formal 15 minute presentation. We will discuss effective oral presentations in class and you will have a chance to discuss your presentation in a team meeting with me before the showcase. A panel of judges made up of faculty “experts” will evaluate each team’s performance and remix work. There will be a prize (in the form of bonus points) awarded for “Best Overall Performance.” The judges will be evaluating your team based on the following considerations:
–Argument: Did each remix respond to a different angle of the overall issue? Do the 3 remixes work well together to make a point or cohesive argument?
–Purpose: Was the purpose of each remix clear and easy for viewers to understand?
–Transformation: Did the team sufficiently transform the original media/messages they incorporated into their remixes? Were the final remixes well designed and executed?
–Originality/Creativity: Did the team take creative risks? Did they present the argument in a nuanced, interesting, or thought-provoking way?
–Overall Presentation: Did each team member contribute equally? Was the presentation clear, well-organized, and engaging?
Each team member will receive the same grade (unless there is clear agreement among the team that one or more of the members did not pull their weight during the project). There is a total of 100 possible points for this project:
Project Proposal: 10 points
Textual Remix: 15 points
Audio Remix: 15 points
Video Remix: 15 points
Written Statements (collaborative and individual): 20 points
Works Cited: 5 points
Team Presentation: 20
*BONUS: If your team wins a prize at the showcase, 10 additional bonus points will be added to your final score.
Week 7: Assign teams and begin exploratory research
Week 9: Pitch ideas to class for feedback
Week 10: Proposal and Project Management Plan due via email
Week 15: Team Meetings: I will meet with teams to discuss any final questions or issues. Please bring a written outline of your team’s showcase presentation to the meeting.
Week 16: Remix Showcase and “UVA Remixed” Projects Due!