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MIT public lecture: The Art, Ethics and Technology of Documentary Co-Creation (video)

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Last month MIT Open Documentary Lab convened a public lecture investigating co-creation practices within documentary. Moderated by Documentary Director and MIT Visiting Artist Kat Cizek, the panel included i-Docs co-director Mandy Rose, Andrew Lowenthal, Open Documentary Lab Fellow and Executive Director of EngageMedia and Ethan Zuckerman, Director of the Center for Civic Media and principal research scientist at the MIT Media Lab.

“With the glitter of the technology, we often get blinded to the ethical issues that co-creation can offer us”Kat Cizek

If you don’t have time to watch/listen to the whole talk – although I would recommend you do – here are some follow up links:

If you’re unaware of Kat’s work, start here – her multi-year Highrise project is a probably one of the most extensive and currently active collaborative documentary projects.

A collaborative project from EngageMedia, Papuan voices a video advocacy initiative working with Papuan activists to more effectively tell their stories to the world.

From the BBC archive, two co-creation projects that Mandy produced: Video Nation and Voices.

“Co-creative media provides a tool for describing the ways in which participatory media are facilitated by people and organizations, not just technology… Co-creative media provides a tool for describing the ways in which participatory media are facilitated by people and organizations, not just technology”Christina Spurgeon et al.

Co-creative Media: Theorising Digital Storytelling as a platform for researching and developing participatory culture

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Mandy raised the point “How can co-creators not only take part, but define the terms of a project?” – citing Question Bridge and the Quipu Project as examples of projects where the shift in power as moved to the co-creators.

SurSousVeillanceByStephanieMannAge6Ethan Zuckerman referenced Steve Mann and his concept of ‘Sousveillance‘ – a way of counteracting surveillance and inverting the power relationship.

He also introduced the CSM project Promise Tracker, which ‘explores how citizen monitoring can extend civic engagement between election cycles’.