CDM contributor and Friend of the Site momo has laid down the gauntlet. Sure, it’s great to talk about Nina Paley’s Creative Commons-licensed animation. But open culture is about making, not just talking. Momo has a venue – a Portland, Oregon gallery, plus The Internet – and challenges all of us to do a visual remix that will play in a browser. Here’s a look; you have until October 27, should you choose to accept your mission.

And hey, if it needs a soundtrack, CDMusic has a CC-licensed tracker music competition going – which should have some tracks soon. -PK

Open Source, Open Content, Open Invitation.

Sita Sings The Blues is a feature-length animation made (mostly) by one animator in her home studio. This would be remarkable enough on its own, but the creator, Nina Paley, decided to release the film under a minimally-restrictive Creative Commons license (Attribution-ShareAlike), encouraging not only distribution, but any and all sorts of remixes and re-imaginations. To encourage the community, she has uploaded the original FLA files to – visual stems for new projects.

I’d like to see this happen, so I’m organizing a challenge. Create an interactive art piece by October 27, inspired by the theme of ‘Conversations’. It should be something playable in a web browser. Use any visual materials from Sita Sings the Blues by Nina Paley. We’ll have a gallery showing in Portland, Oregon, and an online gallery at the project site. You’re welcome to organize local gatherings and show off the web gallery alongside work from any local participating artists. The requirements are that you:

  • Finish by October 27th
  • Use content from Sita Sings The Blues
  • Release your work under CC-BY-SA (as required by the license)
  • Release your source files (there will be a mechanism for this on the project site)

Project time is short, so get cracking on your ideas. The key here is to challenge yourself to just make something, even if it’s simple and small. Get it done, and give it back to the world.

  • great!

    now i just have to buy a fash liscence !

  • if you haven't seen the nina paley peice in its entirety, it's definitely worth a gander

  • Giorge: You shouldn't need a Flash license. The assets are regular assets, and the only requirement was that this run in a browser. Flash isn't the only thing that runs in a browser — Processing does, for one (even with 3D)! 😉

  • Well, the assets currently only exist as FLA files, so you'll need a way to pull those out (or you can rotoscope them from the movie, but UGH). I'll see what I can do about releasing some of the assets in a more open format.

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  • Any chance you can convert the FLA files to Flex… considering the Flex SDK is open source and thus you don't need a license to re-compile it to a swf or flv file?

  • Two questions: where do we email/post our links to when we're finished with our remixes?
    Second: One of the requirements is posting your 'source files' What exactly does this mean? does this mean I need to release all the individual files from all the source video in the remix? or just release the end, finished product?

  • @Louis – Never done this before – how do I go about converting the libraries for use in Flex?

    @Nick – there will be a mechanism on the site for posting finished versions. The source files include any code that powers the interactive parts of your project.