Friday, July 17, 2015

Artistic Fan Remix: Critique of Ken Robinson on Flourishing




Voice: Sir Ken Robinson, Director: Jim Batt, Artist: Molly Crabapple

As part of the continued practice in digital storytelling, in INTE 5340 MA ILT at CU Denver, I will consume a digital stories and offer critiques. Until now the course has focused on Jason Ohler’s assessment traits as criterions to assess stories. For the remainder of the critiques in the course, I will focus on “everyday remix practices” as described in the Lankshear and Knobel text New Literacies: Everyday Practices and Social Learning Third Ed by Colin Lankshear and Michele Knobel, on pages 127-140.

Kind of Remix: Fanfiction short movies (if one must be chosen from L&K text)


Three Literacy Dimensions:

1. From making movie trailers: “May involve knowing how to include written text in the remixed video to help convey new storyline.”

2. From creating fanfiction: “Understanding the structure and purpose of narratives and using this to guide writing.”

3. From creating fan art: “Being able to draw/paint etc.”


“May involve knowing how to include written text in the remixed video to help convey new storyline.”

Molly Crabapple, the artist creating the painted images in the video, does a great job of accentuating the narrative by Ken Robinson. She does this by very artistically including choice words into the story being painted. These words are painted large in some parts of the animation to emphasis points, other times the words are positioned by the cat characters such as holding a sign, or thought bubbles. This ultimately takes place to create another clever story using cat characters doing various things. Overall the combination of text and characters creates a new story while still supporting the narrative.

“Understanding the structure and purpose of narratives and using this to guide writing.”

The creators of this animation clearly have a great understanding of the narrative provided by Ken Robinson. The whole animation keeps pace with Ken Robinson’s words, thus the animation had to be planned to keep up with spoken word. This must have been challenging because there are different pauses and pace throughout the narrative. In addition to adhering to the structure of speech, the narrative directly guided the paintings in relative time with each other. This seems like a very challenging process to keep sync but the animation makes this look effortless.

“Being able to draw/paint etc.”

When I first watched this video I took for granted that Molly was painting this. I thought it was a marker or pen. Then I saw her splash paint on the page and I noticed the pool of paint on the sides and the brushes. I started to really pay attention to the craftsmanship and detail and it’s amazing there are very little, if any, visible errors. There is poetry in the creative expression by this ability to paint and what is being said in the narrative. That people are creative and talented and should “flourish” if given the opportunity to practice things which they are interested in.