In an era of pervasive computing, social media and a networked ‘information

society’, digital documentary is embracing new forms. Web-docs, docu-games,

photo-reportages, trans-media projects and locative narratives are developing

new languages of factual communication that challenge the established linear

narrative of documentary.

i-Docs is the first lab/symposium to be dedicated to the rapidly evolving field

of interactive documentary. The symposium will be a day-long event to showcase

new projects and to discuss the artistic, economic and political implications of

new forms of factual representation.

In the evening the programme City Symphonies will open with a screening of Jean

Vigo’s 1930 film A propos de Nice, followed by a live response from documentary

film-makers Keith Marley (Liverpool John Moores University) and Geoffrey Cox

(University of Huddersfield).Marley and Cox’s performance will explore the

contemporary relevance of the City Symphony genre, suggesting new audiences for

documentary through live performance, interactivity and VJ culture.

After this we’ll be turning up the tunes and showcasing some more VJ talent!

i-Docs is convened by Judith Aston, Sandra Gaudenzi and Jonathan Dovey on behalf

of the Digital Cultures Research Centre, University of the West of England,

Bristol. The event will be held at the Watershed Media Centre in central Bristol

on Friday, 25th of March 2011.

Participants are invited to present their current projects and research. There

will also be panel discussion, with a view to promoting debate between media

practitioners, commissioning editors, artists and academics.

Proposals for both paper and project presentations should be sent to: by Friday 26th of November 2010.

The proposal should clearly outline your intentions in no more than 300 words.

Links to further visual materials can be provided, if appropriate.

Confirmed keynote presentations from: Upian (Prison Valley, Gaza/Sderot,

Havana/Miami), Blast Theory (Rider Spoke, Desert Rain, A Machine To See With),

Nick Cohen – BBC Multiplatform Commissioning Executive for Documentary.

Suggested topics / themes:

* what is an interactive documentary?: possible classification methodologies

for a field in constant development

* collaborative media and documentary making: objectivity, activism and shared

authorship through the screens of mobile phones and web 2.0

* user-generated content in documentary practice: the new role of the producer

and possible models of collaboration

* crowd sourcing when documenting reality: possible ethical and political


* docu-games and mixed-reality games: can games document the real?

* database documentaries: navigational strategies and new possibilities for

representing multiple points of view

* the fine line between new media factual art, collaborative journalism and

interactive documentary

* what does the user think?: how do we user test, or evaluate user experience,

of an i-doc?

* possible financial models for i-docs: who are the financial players and what

do they want?

* case study presentation and/or analysis of specific i-doc projects

Selected papers will be considered for publication in the Journal of Media

Practice. Several other publication possibilities are also being considered.

Sandra Gaudenzi

Associate Lecturer, LCC, University of the Arts London

PhD Candidate, Goldsmiths, University of London