I-docs as Research Method – Recap from the Bremen interactive documentary workshop

A full day packed with insightful presentations and a highly inspiring round table discussion – that’s probably the shortest way to describe a long one-day workshop organised by Stefano Odorico and hosted at the University of Bremen on May 3. The workshop is one of the outputs of Stefano’s 3 year’s DFG project (fully funded by the German Research Council) …

A Polish Journey – A web-doc about migration and its legacy

A Polish Journey, a web based documentary produced by using Klynt, is a highly poetical interactive experience exploring borders, the theme of migration and the legacy it holds for future generations. Focusing its lens on landscape, referencing the romantic poetry of Heinrich Heine and Adam Mickiewicz, documentary filmmaker and media artist Julian Konczak embarks on a journey across the frontiers …

Qualified (Ambtítol). The university, subject of debate.

By Carles Sora and Neus Ballús In recent years, the number of people with university qualifications has been enormously increasing. In a society in which each new academic year sees more university degree holders, it is important to reflect on the role that university plays in our lives. Ambtítol is a compilation of the experiences of several former university students; …

The Quipu Project: a framework for participatory interactive documentary

Chaka Studio demonstrated their Quipu Project at Sheffield Doc Fest yesterday morning during the continued interactive talks. The session was a great opportunity to catch up with the projects progress since the React Hub Future Documentary Sandbox and gauge the reaction from the wider documentary community. The interactive documentary focuses on the case of forced sterilisation in Peru, which affected …

Transforming Bisbee: the role of the interactive documentary

Guest post by Allison Otto, “Bisbee” Project Director I grew up in the American Southwest and for two, amazing years I lived in a 26-foot, 1958 vintage Airstream in Bisbee, Arizona. It’s a beautiful, remote little town nestled deep in the Mule Mountains, nine miles from the Mexican border. Like many rural communities in the US, though, Bisbee is struggling. …

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 …

i-Docs and the BBC

I wrote this post for the Open Democracy website. It is one of a number of open letters to the incoming BBC Director General, that have been published within the OurBeeb section of the site. MR You’re a journalist; investigating the working conditions of the miners who are fuelling China’s industrial growth. You follow leads, conduct interviews in the polluted, devastated landscape of Shanxi, …

Kerric Harvey on i-Docs 2012

A COMPLETELY PERSONAL AND QUITE POSSIBLY PIXELATED SUMMARY OF KEY TAKE-AWAY POINTS FROM THE 2012 I-DOCS SYMPOSIUM, by  Kerric Harvey   1. Match the tool with the job and start with “the job.” In other words, let technology enable, assist, or augment creativity, not define it. By the same token, avoid gratuitous interactivity—the act of making something “interactive” because you …

Participation and Authorship: First panel of the symposium

This panel will follow on from our opening keynote from Jigar Mehta on Thursday 22nd and will lead into our lab on Questioning Participation in the afternoon. It has been designed to stimulate debate around a core issue that kept coming up at i-Docs 2011, which relates to questions around participation and authorship. Here are some of the questions that …