User Creativity through Production, Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Digital Media Content
In recent years many museums have experimented with different approaches to involving users through digital media. We explore how remixing and content sharing can be used as a means for user participation. Remix culture is seen as a culture that allows and encourages the production of derivative works; works that are based on already existing works. This cultural practice thrives throughout the Internet, most notably on web2.0 sites like YouTube. The Media Museum has embraced the remix paradigm with the development of an interactive media experience centre called the Media Mixer. Here the museum users can produce, deconstruct, reconstruct and finally publish and share digital media content. The media content is created by the user in the museums physical environment, but it can be mixed with material from local or global archives. In that way the gap between the analogue and the digital domains is bridged, and it is our intention that the users learn about media through a creative process where the border between creating, playing and learning is blurred. There are many challenges in evolving a museum based on analogue print media to an interactive and participatory site but we suggest that the practice of remixing can be a potent means to achieve meaningful user participation in the digital museum age.