|Even the Christian Iconography of the Madonna and Child is a remix of Isis and Horus|
In mas we have a saying that goes something like this, “nothing in mas is new”, and that is because if you’ve been around long enough there are always going to be elements in a presentation that you have seen before, because like they also say “nothing in mas is really original”. (It’s all been done before one way or another)
Back in the days when the Island mix Carnival Central forum was indeed a focal point for carnivalist around the world to gather, the term re-mix was used to describe a costume design that was obviously heavily influenced by a design of a previous year, and as a critic in mas like most Trini’s cries of ‘I’ve seen that already’, or ‘bring something new’ came from just about everywhere and can still be heard on the streets and on the web today, if only because criticism, like mas and calypso, is also a socio/cultural expression of Trini people.
However, any student of the mas game that understands that nothing in mas is truly original or even understands that once you cover a theme that has been covered before, similar paths can and will be taken to get there will also understand what separates one costume from the other.
“It’s not what you do; it’s the way that you do it, that’s what get’s results”
Any way I came across this fantastic series of videos by Kirby Ferguson entitled “Everything is a remix” it’s highly informative, and if properly understood, can help many a want to be designer out there to develop not only your design skills but also develop your themes, so pay attention as Mr Ferguson takes you to class!