[spectre] Remixing Persona: An Imaginary Digital Media Object – new open access project

Joanna Zylinska jo.zylinska at gmail.com
Mon Dec 9 13:20:51 CET 2019

Dear All,

Together with Open Humanities Press, I am delighted to announce the first
publication in my new series, MEDIA : ART : WRITE : NOW.

*Remixing Persona: An Imaginary Digital Media Object from the Onto-Tales of
the Digital Afterlife by MALK (Mark Amerika / Laura Kim)*

*Remixing Persona *is comprised of two components: a visual manifesto that
doubles as a theoretical e-reader and a work of music video art. In
building this project, the artists collaboratively investigate
persona-making, performance-thinking, and applied remixology. Playfully
presenting their research as an intergenerational and intercultural
‘research band’ named MALK (Mark Amerika / Laura Kim), both artists,
individually and as a performance duo, bring their own unique experiences
and ontologically filtered ‘ways of remixing’ to their intermedia art,
writing and performance practice.

The research questions the artists initially presented to themselves were
unconventional: ‘Who am I this time?’ ‘What does it mean to share a sense
of humor?’ ‘What is an otherworldly aesthetic sensibility?’ The artists
were not interested in coming up with answers per se, but in using their
artist skills to deploy both intuitive and improvisational performances
that would generate a set of primary source material to remix into their
creative project. This was when they decided to form MALK and began
creating the Digital Afterlife music video artwork as a conceptual tool to
investigate persona-making as a meta-practice. The culminating field of
recombinatory expression that informs the production of this imaginary
digital media object is an inversion of their practice-based research
conducted in the TECHNE Lab at the University of Colorado.

Like all Open Humanities Press books,* Remixing Persona i*s freely
available at:

Further information about the MEDIA : ART : WRITE : NOW series:

Best wishes,



Professor Joanna Zylinska

Co-Head of Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies

Goldsmiths, University of London


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