Research assistance from Caitlin O’Riordan

Artwork assistance from Alyssa Tennyson Stearns 

Trailer Music by Cody Ross Rex

Special thanks to Tom Scheinfeldt, Samantha Olschan, Anke Finger, Ruth Yuste Alonso, and Tim Hunter. 

about the work

The Colonial Remix compares cultural production in colonial Mexico to cultural production in our contemporary digital age. It draws parallels between the hybridity that characterizes media in these two seemingly different moments. It urges its users to reflect on how colonialism has shaped the way we use text and image, and how it has led us to privilege some media forms over others. 

This piece is inspired by long-form, web-based journalistic pieces like the New York Times’ Snow Fall and NPR’s Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt, which incorporate full-scale images and parallax scrolling, as well as video and textual content. It seeks to use the language of hybrid media while it presents an analysis of hybrid media. As a digital humanities project, it is also the result of the creator’s intention to combine digital storytelling methods with rigorous humanities research. The Colonial Remix is part of a portfolio of Digital Humanities-themed media pieces that were presented for a Master’s of Fine Arts in Digital Media & Design at the University of Connecticut in December 2015. 

About the Creator

Susana Sevilla Aho is a media artist and digital storyteller. She holds a B.A. in History and Latin American Studies from Brown University and an M.F.A. in Digital Media & Design from the University of Connecticut. Her work focuses on using digital video, design, and motion graphics to tell stories that are rooted in humanities research. Her academic interests include Latin American history, cultural theory, film studies, and visual culture. She is currently working as the project coordinator for the Humanities Commons at the Modern Language Association.  You can learn more at