The deadline is quickly approaching for the end of submissions to the Canada CODE website as part of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Canada CODE is part of the digital edition, CODE, of the 2010 Cultural Olympiad. CODE is made up of four parts: CODE Live, an 18 music and digital media festival, CODE Screens 2010, an interactive journey that brings the art to your home computer, CODE Motion Pictures, which is a film line-up of commissioned short films from Canadian filmmakers and Canada CODE, a user-generated photo, text and remix experience. The coolest thing is that all of the content that is uploaded to the Canada CODE website, including remixes, will be put into a pool of potential material that could appear on the giant projection screens during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
I have been having a lot of fun tinkering around with the Canada CODE website. You can upload photos and text to the site, under your user profile, and then create remixes of the content that has been uploaded to the site. The site gives you the choice to rate your submissions by its energy, intention, word tags and color association. It is kinda foreign to think about the “intention” behind something, especially a photograph, so the rating takes a bit to get used to. They also have weekly “challenges” which can act as inspiration for submissions.
I think the coolest feature behind this whole site is the generally accepted and overly encouraged idea of remixing. All of the content, not just yours, is available for you to remix. The remix UI is relatively similar to a simpler version of iMovie, with content viewer windows, transitions and audio samples. The remixer allows you to create a 30 second slideshow video to upload to Canada CODE. The fantastic result is that you can create full stories from the images and text available on the site, which is way cool.