Mix & Mash 2013: the New Storytelling

Mix & Mash 2013 draws to a close and we look back at a year of mashups, remixes and impressive re-use of open content.

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Mix & Mash changed tack this year. Instead of big data mashups, we were looking for storytelling skills, and for clever use of openly licensed images, videos, music, and other content to tell compelling narratives about the past, present and future. The competition was structured in an ambitious, new tripartite structure, with showcase deadlines throughout the year in May, August, and November.

We received some fantastic entries. There was Alex Gibson, Sadaf Lourie, Riccardo Scott, and Jarred Bishop's elegant storybook, What Happened? , historical reenactment from the students of Havelock North Primary School, a hilarious subversion of the 'Mantrol' adverts from the students at Kaurihohore School, and clouds, portals, and transporting apples from Lumsden Primary School students—just to name a few.



Special mention must be made of the amazing Manning brothers, Jarred, Evan, and Travis, who entered all three Showcases in 2013. In May, they told the story of the volcano Rangitoto using openly licensed images from Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland Libraries and Flickr. In August, they entered the New Zealand Transport Agency's 'Safer Journeys' category, with their hilarious Lego animation, Lego Life Lessons . And in November, the brothers blew us away with their Kids' Auckland Plan which used openly licensed images from Flickr and music from Jamendo.

After all three Showcases had been announced, the top entries went forward to be judged by our Supreme Award judges, Chris Harwood, Senior Manager of Design, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ministry of Education (who judged the student award) and Lawrence Lessig, the co-founder of Creative Commons (who judged the open award).

Tane's Tale , a minutely detailed and ambitious story from three Christchurch sisters, Georgia, Rachel, and Nicole Chappell, won the Supreme Student Storytelling Award and Graham Jenson's Mihimihi won the Supreme Open Storytelling Award. Mihimihi goes way back in time to trace the migrations and movements that brought Jenson's family to New Zealand, and re-used images and content from the National Library, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland Libraries, and Wikipedia, to name a few sources.

The New Zealand Transport Agency's 'Safer Journeys' Award was taken away by the kids from Pt. England School in Auckland with their video Safer Journeys: Using our feet.

We were delighted, startled, impressed and moved by all the entries we received for Mix & Mash 2013. So, thanks to everyone who entered!

And a final note about Mix & Mash for 2013, the Mix & Mash exhibition has now opened in the Turnbull Room, downstairs at the National Library of New Zealand. The show is filled to the brim with winners from over the four years Mix & Mash has been running. Come in and while away some time with the apps, videos, stories, infographics and artworks that Mix & Mash entrants have made using the openly licensed work of others.


A final word of thanks also to our 2013 sponsors and especially to our organising partner Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand, without whom we couldn't have pulled it off!