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Using dialogue as a way to create peace

This is a guest blog post from Paulina Tervo. I was invited by i-Docs to write an update to our interactive project, The Awra Amba Experience. Much has already been written about the project and is circulating on the internet, so I decided focus this blog post on elaborating on our plans for outreach solutions. I live around half a …

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‘Newsgames’: playing with the news

Using a game as a narrative resource in journalism is nothing new, although it is a minority pursuit. Nevertheless, the influence of gaming strategies is growing in digital works and even two Pulitzer journalists are working in a documentary and a game. Their goal is to make the world aware of the conditions of inequality in which women and children …

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Notes from Exploiting the Feedback Loop #xosummit: Guest post from Tomas Rawlings

Guest post from Tomas Rawlings, who chaired a panel at the (very) recent Crossover Summit at Sheffield DocFest – you can read his original article here, along with tons of other great blog posts about games, networked media, technology, evolution & nature. On Wednesday I chaired a session about feedback, games and media at the Crossover Summit at Sheffield Documentary Festival (image) …

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Jonathan Harris, or the personal story as creation

Jonathan Harris, the mind behind We Feel Fine and Cowbird, among others, was in Barcelona to attend the OFFF 2012 Festival. In a packed hall, he talked about his work and his life and how both are connected. I wrote an article for La Vanguardia about it: You could say that Jonathan Harris (Vermont, 1979) is a programmer who tells stories, or …

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3WDOC on i-Docs 2012

A guest post from our friends at 3WDOC: Recently returned from Bristol, where we have participated to the i-doc Symposium 2012, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Sandra Gaudenzi, Judith Aston, Maria Yáñez and Eva Dominguez for organizing this event dedicated to interactive documentary, and for inviting us! Here is a summary of what 3WDOC noted during …

Brian Winston on i-Docs 2012

Thanks Brian for sharing with our community your first impressions and reflections on i-Docs 2012! Here is what what you sent us: INSTANT ILL-CONSIDERED REFLECTIONS Technicism’s essentially flaw is an apparent need to be revolutionary when, in fact, technology is evolutionary. The illusion of revolution is created basically by exhibiting profound historical amnesia augmented by hyperbolic claims of effect. Technicism …

Max Whitby on i-Docs 2012

Max has sent me this post on the participation and authorship panel from the touchpress website: http://www.touchpress.com. As a pioneer of content-led approaches to videodisc and CD-ROM, he really does know about the deep bedrock that lies beneath our feet. Over to Max: Just back from the most excellent i-docs conference in Bristol. I spoke at one of the early …

Editors and HTML5: Klynt, 3WDOC and Popcorn Maker

The i-docs 2012 hosted a very interesting debate about multimedia content editors. At the symposium were representatives from content editors Popcorn Maker, Klynt, and 3WDOC. The debate was very illustrative. In this article for my column The Fourth Bit in La Vanguardia, I highlight some aspects based on what it was presented and discussed there. Why talk about the HTML5 standard, about Flash, about programming …

Authoring tools confronted

Over the last year we have been witnessing the raise of new authoring tools that allows us to build an interactive documentary with no need of coding skills. Three of them are Klynt, 3WDOC and Popcorn Maker. On the second day of i-Docs Symposium we will have the opportunity to meet their creators, who will show us some projects made …

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Algorithms ≠ Automation: guest post from Jesse Shapins

I write this from an eerily warm Cambridge, saddened by the fact that I cannot travel to Bristol for i-Docs. The group coming together is incredible, and while not physically present, I look forward to following the conversation virtually. As a provocation, Mandy invited me to write a blog post on Zeega — an open-source, HTML5 platform for creating interactive …

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Project Presentation – Moneyocracy, the doc, the idoc and the issue

My interest in interactive documentaries (i-docs) and transmedia storytelling has immensely grew since the past two years. Part of this interest came from the new opportunities offered to me – as photojournalist – to tell stories in a different way. I needed to put more context into the stories and issues I was covering. I needed to explain things in an engaging …

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Awra Amba: Utopia in Ethiopia

Interactivity, collaboration and activism A guest post from one of this years speakers Paulina Tervo. Background  – why did the story turn into an interactive project? In 2004 I came across a small community called Awra Amba during my travels in the rural parts of Northern Ethiopia. Having seen a lot of poverty and hardship on my trip, I was …

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epopee.me: an interview with Rodrigue Jean

The first time you take a look at Epopée.me,  it feels like this project is a very minimalist interactive documentary. In fact, the interaction goes beyond the digital world and expands into the streets of Montréal where marginalized people struggle to live their life. Rodrigue Jean, who started the project, tells us a bit more about Epopée. I-docs.org: Can you tell …

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Interactive Media: the first 40 years

A guest post by Brian Winston. People might remember Barbara Kopple’s Oscar winning documentary Harlan County, USA. It was about a bitter strike in the Kentucky coal-fields in 1974. Most memorably, the company goons were so out of control they even started shooting at the film crew. But my memory of Harlan County coverage is a little different. It centres on …