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To Create Live Treatments of Actuality: An Investigation of the Emerging Field of Live Documentary Practice Chapter 1: Introduction This thesis was a long time coming. I arrived at CMS in the Fall of 2012 and – starting to nose around for a thesis topic – couldn’t shake the desire to start studying the meaning and promise of live video communication. I’m only an infrequent Skype user but something about it really caught my interest. It seemed fascinatingly emotive to me, seemed like a channel fo
Open Documentary Lab at MIT
Download the chapter 1, it's promising!
"We are far enough into the "digital revolution" to know that story is still at the core of documentary films, but the way the stories are told—and the way the documentary form is being used—has seen a broad transformation.
(...) The palate is rich and as the landscape changes, so too are educational/institutional programs preparing the next generation of nonfiction media makers.
What follows is a survey of some of these new models, which, coincidentally, are all based in the Boston area, a region that boasts a vibrant documentary film community."
by Laura Almo - International Documentary Association
Interesting survey in less visible dimensions - but equally important - where the documentary sheds its skin.
"Arnau is in the process of interviewing a number of practitioners, scholars, and students of interactive documentary about the state of the field. He will be posting select clips on the OpenDocLab website. First up is Part 1 of an interview with OpenDocLab Principal Investigator William Uricchio.!
"In this series we focus on the theoretical part of the study of interactive documentary. We will conduct video interviews with the main experts in the field based on six key questions:
(1) the definition, how would they define the interactive documentary;
(2) the evolution of the form, whether they believe that the interactive documentary is a natural evolution of the linear documentary;
(3) the change in the logics and dynamics, if they believe there is a change in the logics of production, distribution and exhibition;
(4) the role of the author, if they believe that the role of the author is threatened;
(5) the business model; and (6) their views on the production, research and events organized by countries that are active in this field, placing special emphasis on Canada and France."
One more piece by Arnau Gifreu Castels.
Interesting panel held at MIT in November 2011.
From their experience, the four experts explain how technologies have brought to light new problems (eg, crowdsourcing used to identify dissidents in Iran), and new forms of project (eg providing a mosaic of experiences rather than creating separate groups opposed between them).
And if the panel is introduced by the moderator Jonathan Taplin with "The Crowd is Often Wrong" ... then it must be seen.
"How do web documentaries tell stories? How do those stories build on, and depart from, traditional film narrative?"
For Katie Edgerton (MIT’s Open Documentary Lab)
the key differentiator between internet-based documentaries and theatrical docs is this issue of narrative.
The web and the documentary storytelling can take advantage of their own strengths, but transform the documentary genre as we were used to.
A topic to investigate.
Our intervention is motivated by a need for forms of display that fade into the background, inviting attention rather than requiring it. We consume most our of our digital information through devices that often alienate us from our immediate surroundings; ListenTree points to a future where digital information might become enmeshed in material.
Great example of new way of living documentary.
"1.Do you believe there is a change in the logics of production, distribution and exhibition?
2.Do you consider the role of the author threatened in this specific form?"
This new pill interview it's back to talk about one of the themes of a certain criticism of the interactive documentary.
As the number of pills seems to be very long, those who want to follow it step by step look here: http://bit.ly/1fmehg5
"In this video interview, Mendes answers our first two questions:
1. How would you define interactive documentary?
2. Do you think that interactive documentary, as a form, is a natural evolution of linear documentary?"By Arnau Gifreu Castells (PhD)
Just a glimpse.
Another interesting report of the Mozilla Festival 2012, this time focused on the relationship between three major players: documentary art form, technology and physical world.
Why are we doc makers hurrying to migrate our art form onto the web, when technologists are clamoring to move their art off of it and back into the physical world?
What can documentary learn from physical computing?
MIT’s Open Documentary Lab and IDFA’s DocLab have joined together to put the long story of documentary innovation into perspective, and to speculate about its future.
The best surveys - exploration ever seen on the web about the history of documentary from the point of view of the relationship between technology and representation.
We take an expansive view of documentary, and are above all interested in the pas de deux between representation and technology, and the resulting capacity to see the world with new eyes.
We are interested in history, in connecting the dots between our latest endeavors and those conceptual pioneers and technological prototypes that came before them. We consider innovation both in the creative application of new technologies and in the creative impulse that lead documentarians to invent new technologies.
We are interested in continuities and disruptions, in tracking down origins and inspirations. Although our theme is evolutionary, we do not assume that recent instances are better than earlier ones – they are different, and our goal is to recall those earlier instances, to learn from and to celebrate them.
For these reasons, MIT’s Open Documentary Lab and IDFA’s DocLab have joined together to put the long story of documentary innovation into perspective, and to speculate about its future.
Concept: MIT Open Documentary Lab & IDFA DocLab
Web Content: written by William Uricchio