This is a space for people that want to know more about interactive documentaries (that we have called “i-docs”). You will find academic and blog references, an archive of existing i-docs and a forum open to discussions about all the possible forms of i-docs you can think of. A team of experts have decided to join forces to open the discussion on what is interesting and/or new in this emergent field, and on the ethical, aesthetic, political and financial consequences of the i-doc genre. We welcome your participation! Feel free to mail your papers and ideas to the co-editors of our discussion section, or simply comment on their posts.
i-Docs is the first symposium totally dedicated to the interactive documentary genre. Convened by Judith Aston and Sandra Gaudenzi and supported by the DCRC. Have a look at the i-Docs 2012 pages to see what happened at our last symposium and click here to find out about what’s happening in 2013!
Finally: what is an i-doc?
As this is an emerging field you will find several definitions and points of view. Go to Resources to read more about it, or to Taxonomies to contribute to such debate. As convenors of the i-Docs symposium, we want to embrace a very large definition of the field. For us any project that starts with an intention to document the ‘real’ and that does so by using digital interactive technology can be considered an i-doc. You will find here projects that have been described elsewhere with all sorts of names (web-docs, cross-media docs, cross-platform docs, locative docs, docu-games, installations, digital performative docs… to state a few). For us what counts is the link between digital interactive technology and documentary practice. What opportunities are being opened up by the i-doc and what are the consequences that we should be considering?
Judith Aston and Sandra Gaudenzi