The Remixer Machine is a web app that aims to provide people with a visual voice, especially to those who might not consider themselves “arty” - or who don’t have the graphical tools to create.
It uses an SVG template that allows certain parts of the SVG to be modified. SVGs (Scalable Vector Graphics) describe an image by using markup language. This means that they provide the ability for someone to very simply change a discrete part of the image. In short, they provide the perfect scaffold for visual remixing.
All of the visuals published through the Remixer project are shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike licence, which makes projects like Remixer possible.
An individual brings their own context to a remix, their knowledge, experiences and biases. Different ideas become “obvious” to them when presented with a simple creative constraint. When pieced together, the variety of remixes from a diverse group can form a rich visual patchwork of meaningful art.
Anyone can remix. Everyone has a voice. The Remixer Machine is just a place to start.
It works by applying creative constraints to an image in SVG format. The data model and the image view are kept separate, allowing the remixes to be saved and then remixed by others.
Believe it or not, all the actual remixing is actually done by your browser. So unless you choose to share it, your remixing is completely private.
Remixer was created by Bryan Mathers, Visual Thinkery. Bryan listens to dialogue between people and creates artwork from their voices. The Visual Thinkery he creates has be used by the Open University, Creative Commons, Mozilla, ALT, Rethink Plastic, and many others. He is also a co-founder of WeAreOpen Co-operative. For many years, Bryan has been releasing his artwork for others to use under a Creative Commons licence. His focus is often Open Culture, Education, and Technology.