This special issue of Media-N on contemporary approaches to remix was inspired by Jorge Luis Borges’s short story, “The Garden of Forking Paths,” a recurring point of reference in the development of media culture. Prior to terms such as new media, digital art, media art, and remix, Borges’s narrative exploration of bifurcation as a means of reflecting on the possibility of multiple simultaneous realities with no clear beginning or end has offered a literary and philosophical model for creative uses of emerging technology throughout the twentieth century. The essays included in this special issue provide a glimpse into the relation of Borgesian multiplicity and remix as an interdisciplinary methodology. 

Cover image: Jennifer and Rebecca Gallagher, Parker and Martin Lester, and Oscar and Oliver Navas-Mendoza. Composition remixed by Owen Gallagher, xtine burrough, Eduardo Navas.

Published: 2022-10-31