Re-Tellings, Re-Makings, and the Digital World

I’m a curator of the weird.

Recently, I’ve found these things, which I’d really like one of. Or more than one of.

Jessica Harrison, “Andrea” (2013), Found ceramic, epoxy resin putty, enamel paint. Image Courtesy of Hyperallergic (click through for article)
Jessica Harrison, “Andrea” (2013), Found ceramic, epoxy resin putty, enamel paint. (Image courtesy of Hyperallergic; click through for article)

There are also these guys, who I’d really like to see sitting on my desk.

Batman and Robin My Little Ponies, Mari Kasurinen. Image courtesy of the Guardian (Click through for article.)
Batman and Robin My Little Ponies, Mari Kasurinen. Image courtesy of the Guardian (Image courtesy of the Guardian; click through for article.)

I love objects that are several things simultaneously, making me shift my perceptions. I love pop culture references. I love things that were-one-thing-but-are-now-another.

We seem to have a fascination these days with re-writing and re-creating. Think of the deluge of films that we’ve remade-even the Spiderman and Superman films, both franchises with incarnations less than 15 years old, have been remade in the last 3 years. And think of the things we’re retelling and re-imagining at this point-Wicked and Oz both look at The Wizard of Oz before Baum’s story picks up; there are countless retellings of fairy tales. Once Upon a Time and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland have taken off on ABC because they do just that.

Perhaps some of this has me to my change of heart and consequently a change of study. I’m still interested in girls’ studies, but I’m more interested in working with digitization and children’s hypertexts. I’m interested in seeing what happens as we tell and retell these stories and move them to digital formats with click throughs to older versions and interactive parts. (More on that at some other point.)

But I like weird stuff. And I like things with layers. And I’m a curator of weird, layered stuff.

Chris McMahon adds monsters to garage sale landscape paintings he finds (Click through to his DeviantArt profile)
Chris McMahon adds monsters to garage sale landscape paintings he finds (Image courtesy of DeviantArt; click through to McMahon’s DeviantArt profile)
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