Proposal for MLA 2014 Panel: Literature after Flash Leonardo Flores, PhD Liberating Flash: The Case

of Remixworx and Dreaming Methods The demise of Flash as the premier tool for development of multimedia works of electronic literature has had a tremendous impact on a generation of writers who were able to develop sophisticated works using this relatively user-friendly authoring software. In Great Britain, two writer & developer collectives have the found strategies to extend the life of their earlier works in Flash, and migrate to other authoring software that offer similar functionality. The collectives are Dreaming Methods and R3/\/\1X\/\/0RX (remixworx) both of which have great overlaps in their membership which includes Andy Campbell, Christine Wilks, Kate Pullinger, Chris Joseph, and Randy Adams and collaborations with Mez Breeze and David Jhave Johnston. Their first strategy involves publication of their source materials. Remixworx is based on the concept of having access to the source materials to creatively engage works of digital art and literature. The group’s conversation consists of re-shaping each other’s works, artistically discovering latent content in images, interfaces, animation, and other aspects. Dreaming Methods now offers a paid yearly subscription service that provides access to source files and other materials used in the creation of many of their works, which allows subscribers to study and remix them. The second involves shifting to different authoring software, such as Adobe Air and Coppercube 4, which allow for publication to a variety of formats while retaining similar functionality to Flash. With this software, they can publish any work as Flash, iOS or Android apps, MacOS and Windows standalone apps, and HTML5 and Javascript files. This includes porting works originally created in Flash to work in other platforms, as is the case of “Remix 3D” a prototype Android publication of Remixworx. These two British collectives present a fascinating test case of adaptation to a post-Flash e-lit environment through openness, retooling, and porting.

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