After we put together the most recent Call and Response zine (2021.1), I was thinking of all the images that were created during the project that didn’t make it into the final zine. We had a wealth of material but had decided to give ourselves a strict limit on the number of pages for the zine after having a certain amount of remorse about the behemoth issue that was 2019.1 which weighed in at a massive 134 pages.

I thought it would be interesting to challenge each member of VI to “remix” the 2021.1 issue with no set specifications and specifically allowing the use of all images that we had created for the 2021 zine project. Kind of the way that musicians invite others to remix one of their tracks.

I’ve been working on my remix on and off for the past couple of months – mostly off as opposed to on. I had grand ambitions at the start, but am finding that I’m not being too adventurous or ambitious in my design. But I am introducing some poetry inspired by the four mini-sequences that I created from a mix of images for the “official” 2021.1 zine and images from the larger pool.

One aspect of my remix links back to this idea coming from the music world – I used the poem above to write a song “Call the Birds Home” and created a music video using the sequence images, which I have shared with the group. Perhaps one day it will make an appearance in this blog.

I need to finish this remix in the next two weeks in time for our meeting to share our remixes. I plan to have copies printed for each of the VI members. I am eager to see what everyone else has come up with for their remixes.