The Remix Room is an experiment in creative arts research and art museum education, curated by Traci Quinn. The exhibition represents the UNM Art Museum’s second installment of the Creative-In-Residence project. During Spring 2020, artist and educator León De la Rosa-Carrillo engaged UNM students in the exploration of remix as a form of critical inquiry and artistic practice. León was scheduled to visit UNM from March 30th — April 15th to work with UNM students. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, León’s residency transitioned into a remote project, virtually working with students from his home in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Students from various areas across campus participated by creating new work, project proposals and curricular content.
One of the classes that participated in the project was Gigi Yu’s “Curriculum Development in Art Education”, an undergrad and graduate course that studies historical, philosophical, and cultural underpinnings for designing teaching and learning in art education settings. Dr. Yu describes the process of working with León and the resulting project:
We began meeting with León shortly after the quarantine began, during our virtual classroom sessions. León shared with us his creative process for creating glitched images. Next, students photographed their “current realities” during the initial stages of the quarantine. During our virtual classroom, León demonstrated the manipulation of the image text which created new visual interpretations.
The study of glitched images opened up a dialogue on reframing/reexamining failure and uncertainty as opportunities for seeing reality in new ways. We related these ideas to creating curriculum in art education. Creating art curriculum is an opportunity to plan for what happens in the classroom. However, when the plan is put into practice, the outcome might look very different than we anticipated. Embracing uncertainty and unexpected outcomes are opportunities for discovering hidden meanings.
Poem about Glitching During COVID-19,
The UNMAM thanks everyone who was involved in this project.
Zoila A. Caamaño-Pumarol
Olivia Amaya Ortiz
Gigi Yu, PhD, Assistant Professor in Art Education
León De la Rosa-Carrillo
Traci Quinn, PhD, former Curator of Education & Public Programs at the UNM Art Museum