Participatory Documentary [and the city]: A research project from Daryl Mulvihill

Interactive documentary crosses over into a number of disciplines and urban ism is no exception. Katerina Cizek’s work with Highrise and McMillion’s recent documentary Hollow both explore people’s relationships to the environments they live in and how they could be improved. Architect and urban designer Daryl Mulvihill is continuing this research through a project entitled Participatory Documentary [and the city].  His company dmau ‘s work …

The Nth screen: technology that brings us together in the real world

As new technologies increasingly shrink the physical distances between us, allowing us to connect with anyone, anywhere. Is there a gap in the market for technology that brings us together in the real world? Developed by Tim Kindberg and Charlotte Crofts, with ‘pump priming’ funding from REACT, the Nth screen works by turning a group of phones and tablets into …

The ‘linear turn’ in i-docs – a provocation

I have just returned from delivering a workshop on i-docs at the Freiburger Film Forum, alongside Florian Thalhofer, inventor of the Korsakow system. It was great to see Florian again and our respective talks sparked a lively discussion between us on the evolution of interactive documentaries. As two of the pioneers in the field – Florian having invented Korsakow over …

Studies in Documentary Film – edition on i-Docs

I am delighted to announce that the i-Docs special edition of Journal of Studies in Documentary Film is now available. Edited by Sandra Gaudenzi, Jon Dovey and myself, this came out of the 2011 symposium and covers many key issues pertinent to ongoing debates in the field. The journal can be purchased online and articles can be downloaded. It is backdated …

BBC Fusion Summit: where documentary meets the web

A couple of months ago, Mandy Rose spoke at the BBC Fusion Summit which asked the question, ‘what is the future of factual programming?’ Mandy’s talk offers an overview of what’s happening where documentary meets networked culture, with reflections on co-creation, crowd-funding, open rights frameworks and distribution. Interested? Well here’s the whole talk below:   To find out more about the BBC …

The “Boules” of Naousa, a Living Tradition: a presentation from Fotis Begklis

Fotis Begklis is an Academic Developer specialising in Technology Enhanced Learning at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is involved in a variety of staff development activities for teaching and learning with technologies in Higher Education. Below are his slides from i-Docs 2012 where he presented his project which will become an interactive documentary which will be ready before the beginning …

Martha Ladly – Mobile Communities at Work and Play

Below are Martha Ladly‘s slides and text from her presentation at i-Docs 2012. Open publication – Free publishing – More documentary Open publication – Free publishing – More documentary Martha Ladly is a Professor at the OCAD University in Toronto, Canada, and a senior researcher at the OCADU Mobile Experience Lab. She specializes in technology and design research, has been …

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 …

The talented user (users as documentary agents)

The purpose of this post is to nudge discussion on the role of the user in interactive documentaries (i-docs), and specifically to consider what capabilities we might want those users to have. I shall refer to those capabilities as their ‘talents’. And I’ll begin with a suggestion that the key distinction to be made between interactive and non-interactive documentary is …

Some Thoughts on Social Change through Story-telling

In addition to their obvious contributions to non-fiction narrative media, the unique characteristics of interactive documentary may find another area of usefulness in cultural and social anthropology, especially as paradigm shifts continue to evolve regarding the power relationships between those being “studied” and those who are doing the “studying.” Beginning in the 1960s, traditional techniques for conducting ethnographic field research …

The i-doc as a relational object

Highrise – multiple bridges into the layers of reality What are i-docs, and why are they more than just documentaries done with digital technologies? You will find all sort of new terminologies that can fit into the i-docs family: webdos, docu-games, collab docs, transmedia docs, cross-media docs… or just interactive documentaries. This can seem all very confusing, but really what …