Catch up with i-Docs at Visible Evidence 2017

Now in its’ 24th year, the international conference on documentary film and media, Visible Evidence 2017 will convene in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from August 2-5. This year both Mandy Rose and Judith Aston from the i-Docs team will be presenting papers, chairing sessions and participating in workshops.

The conference this year also coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution and marks fifty years since Che Guevara’s assassination in Bolivia. Reflecting on these events, the themes this year contemplate anew the relationship between documentary film and revolutionary movements.

For your reference, i’ve listed the sessions below which Mandy and Judith are involved in, with details of presentations where relevant:

Thursday 3 August

Workshop: Film Philosophy, the Material Turn, and Interactive Documentary
3:45 – 5:15 P.M

Chaired by Adrian Miles, RMIT University (Australia) and Ran Ma, Nagoya University (Japan) the workshop features: Daniel Fetzner, Offenburg University (Germany), Judith Aston, i-Docs, UWE Bristol (UK), Carles Sora, Pompeu Fabra University (España) and Adrian Miles, RMIT University (Australia).

Friday 4 August

Interactive Documentary
11 – 12:30 A.M.

Chaired by Judith, who is also presenting “Interactive documentary and thick description: embracing complexity and transcultural understanding” alongside Hannah Brasier, RMIT University (Australia), on “A Proposition Towards an Ethics of Documentary Noticing”.

Cartographies of Participatory New Media: Theories, Practices, Debates II
3:45 – 5:15 P.M

A selection of voices in the second session on cartographies of participatory new media. Chaired by Patricia R. Zimmermann, Ithaca College (USA) and Brenda Longfellow, York University (Canada) and moderated by Elizabeth Miller, Concordia University (Canada), this panel is packed with contributions from the following:

  • Stewart Auyash, Ithaca College (USA), “The Digital Cartographies of Comparative of Global Health”.
  • Helen De Michiel, Independent new media artist (USA), “Blending the Emulsion: One subject, two mediums and many hands”.
  • Brenda Longfellow, York University (Canada), “Difficult Knowledge and Storytelling Within Participatory New Media”.
  • Reece Auguiste, University of Colorado (USA), “Voices from the Margins: Emerging Revolutionary Cartographers of Participatory Practices”.
  • Patricia Zimmermann, Ithaca College (USA), “Crooked Stories and Polyphonies: Open Space Documentary Theory in New Media Cartographies”.
  • Mandy Rose, University of the West of England, “Not Media About but Media With”.
Saturday 5 August

Presentation of the interactive documentary: Proyecto Quipu
9 – 10:30 A.M.

Presenting the award-winning interactive documentary Quipu Project is Maria Ignacia Court, Mucha Media (Chile), Rosemarie Lerner, Chaka Studio (Perú), Patricia R. Zimmermann, Ithaca College (USA) and Mandy Rose, Digital Cultures Research Centre, University of the West of England (UK).

Reflections on the Medium 
1:45 – 3:15 P.M

Finally, reflecting on multiple aspects of the interactive documentary medium, this panel includes:

  • Mandy Rose, Digital Cultures Research Centre, University of the West of England (UK), “Virtual Realities – immersive documentary encounters”.
  • Anabella Speziale, Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina), “Videopoemas como una forma documental”.
  • Fernanda Bernardes – an independent scholar who is also chairing the panel – on “Functions for interaction on webdocumentaries: Analysing Bear 71”

Both Mandy and Judith are looking forward to meeting up with a number of people from the i-Docs community as well as meeting documentary scholars from the region who we haven’t previously connected with!

Mandy will be posting more information about an informal i-Docs meetup during the conference in our Facebook group. Join here:

Access the full Visible Evidence programme here