The Hughes Remix project took place in early 2014 as a collaboration between the UMBC Albin O. Kuhn Library Special Collections, the UMBC Department of Visual Arts, and the Society for Photographic Education (SPE). As collaborator Stephen Silberg, Visual Arts faculty member, noted, “The re-presentation of archival images in part or as a whole has become a standard in contemporary photographic practice. Methods are as varied as the artists themselves from Rauschenberg’s inclusion of media images in his prints to Levine’s re-appropriation of FSA photographs and from Fontcuberta insertion of himself into archival images to Umbrico excising of images from the collective archive.” Following in this tradition, the UMBC Special Collections Department invited attendees of the 2014 SPE meeting, held in Baltimore, to use images from the Hughes Company Glass Negatives collection to “remix, reinvent, reinterpret, and reimagine.” The images in the original Hughes Company Glass Negatives collection chiefly depict Baltimore and environs, street scenes, promotional and advertising photographs, businesses, churches, schools, monuments, factories, machinery, portraits and signs.
The Hughes Remix project is an example of creative engagement with archival materials. The artists involved in this project included SPE members, UMBC students and faculty, and the general public. Each participant selected digital images from the Hughes collection to modify. Through their manipulations and alterations the artists were able to express new ideas, explore aspects of the city’s history, experiment with technology, make connections, play with meanings, and create novel works. Artists then self-submitted their works to a dedicated tumblr site. The images created for this project were published online at hughes-remix.tumblr.com and displayed at various venues during the 2014 SPE National Conference, "Collaborative Exchanges: Photography in Dialogue.”
Titles for the works were taken from the artist’s self-submission to the tumblr site. If no titles were designated, a descriptive title was supplied in square brackets. Please feel encouraged to engage more with these images by leaving comments.
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