Physical Involvement and Organic Entities
[the] physical response demanded of the interactor is realized by means of the elements which the interactive documentary proposes: the modalities of navigation and interaction. Bill Nichols’ methods of representation were relevant in the case of linear documentaries, but in the present case – the analysis of interactive documentaries – the key components are navigation and interaction.
This perspective redirects attention from the documentary as a finished product, which can be analyzed through styles and conventions (camera position, the use of voice in off, the style of editing, the political role, etc..) to the study of the documentary as a dynamic form, as a system composed of its relations with different realities (people who have been interviewed, the mediation of the camera, the inner thoughts of the author, user participation, the cultural and economic context , etc.).
by Arnau Gifreu Castells