"A Sam Clemens Remix" was
a live - largely improvisational - thirty minute remix multimedia
concert. The concert opened the 2007 National Media Education
Conference (NMEC) on June 23, 2007. NMEC was sponsored by the
Alliance for a Media Literate America www.amlainfo.org.
The venue was St. Louis Missouri and was produced by Paul Guzzardo.
The artists previously worked together on "The Secretbaker
Cycle" of multimedia productions www.secretbaker.com.
In Secretbaker we used digital tools and toys to navigate through
information environments; thousands of pages of FBI files. In "A
Sam Clemens Remix" we grabbed on to three of Samuel Clemens'
texts; "Life on the Mississippi", "The Adventures
of Huckleberry Finn" and "A Tramp Abroad". In
the concert we explored how the texts and associated archival
imagery might be used to fashion new narrative and myth building
Hemingway said Huckleberry Finn gave birth to the American novel.
We're not novelists and don't intend to write novels, but we
think Sam Clemens gave us the gear we need to plot a course just
like he did Huckleberry Finn and his raft-mate Jim.