Artist in the School – Spoken Word Session


We are lucky to have a talented artist in the class today.  Students of Digital Voices will be creating a Digital Mashup to their Spoken word piece on the theme of their cultural activity #3 (review the activity:

Spoken word is a form of poetry that often uses alliterated prose or verse and occasionally uses metered verse to express social commentary. Traditionally it is in the first person, is from the poet’s point of view and is themed in current events.  In entertainment, spoken word performances generally consist of storytelling or poetry.


 A digital mashup usually is in reference to:

1. Digital media content containing any or all of text, graphics, audio, video and animation drawn from pre-existing sources, to create a new derivative work. Digital text mashups like the comedic mashup, The Art of War Against Fat, appear by the thousands every day as users of blogs and online forums copy and paste digital text in juxtaposition to comment on topics of interest. Digital mashups represent a new phase in the re-use of existing works not so much conceptually as in ease of use. The creation of digital media formats such as ASCII text, Redbook audio, JPEG images and MPEG video has made it far easier for potential mashup creators to create derivative works than was the case in the past, when significant technical equipment and knowledge was required to manipulate analog content.  A major contributing factor to the spread of digital mashups is of course the World Wide Web, which provides channels both for acquiring source material and for distributing derivative works, both often at negligible cost.  Current widespread practices of creating digital mashups have raised significant questions of intellectual property and copyright, which have been addressed by Lawrence Lessig, among others.  While questioning the law, mashups are also questioning the very act of creation. Are the artists creating when they use other individuals’ work? How will artists prove their creative input?



Spoken Word Task:  (70 minutes)

  • One student will be responsible for filming the process using an iPad,
  • Create a spoken word piece on the theme of “Social Media” and “Doomsday 2012,”
  • Record your final audio piece using iMovie

Mash Up Task:  (75 minutes)

  • must be the duration of your spoken word piece,
  • Mashup images, your video footage, video footage from other sources and the final spoken word audio piece,
  • editing can only be done on your mobile devices,
  • export and upload to your vimeo channel,
  • embed your video on your ”It’s the end of the world Activity” subpage (under the Cultural Unit)

Tweet Task:  (5 minutes)

  • Tweet your reation to today’s activity.
  • Include #DD2012impact and @DigitalVoices1
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