Interactive documentary is still an emerging field that eludes concise definitions or boundaries. Grounded in practice-based research, this collection seeks to expand the sometimes exclusionary field, giving voice to scholars and practitioners working outside the margins.
Editors Kathleen M. Ryan and David Staton have curated a collection of chapters written by a global cohort of scholars to explore the ways that interactive documentary as a field of study reveals an even broader reach and definition of humanistic inquiry itself. The contributors included here highlight how emerging digital technologies, collaborative approaches to storytelling, and conceptualizations of practice as research facilitate a deeper engagement with the humanistic inquiry at the center of documentary storytelling, while at the same time providing agency and voice to groups typically excluded from positions of authority within documentary and practice-based research, as a whole. This collection represents a key contribution to the important, and vocal, debates within the field about how to avoid replicating colonial practices and privileging.
This is an important book for practice-based researchers as well as advanced-level media and communication students studying documentary media practices, interactive storytelling, immersive media technologies, and digital methodologies.
Table of Contents
Part One: Potentials
1. Agency Through Co-Creation: Interactive Documentary as Decolonizing Practice
Kathleen M. Ryan and David Staton
2. Interactive Documentary: Its History and Future as a Polyphonic Form
Judith Aston and Stefano Odorico
3. Choose Your Own Generation: Interactive LGBTQ+ Narratives From South Asian Families
Aashish Kumar in conversation with Tammy Rae Matthews. Edited by Tammy Rae Matthews.
4. Documentary Impact: A Framework for Analyzing Engagement Strategies Used in i-docs
Carles Sora-Domenjó and Anandana Kapur
Part Two: Collaborations
5. Democratizing Documentary and Interactive Social Media Practices
6. An Outsider Approach to Cinematography: Native Representation, Breaking the Norms and Finding New Ways to Explore Indigenous Spaces
Malek Rasamny and Matt Peterson in conversation with Rania Al Namara. Edited by Rania Al Namara.
7. Reframing Creative Practice for Telling Factual Stories Of War And Trauma Through Oral History Interactive Documentary (OHID)
Part Three: Poetics
8. Interactive Multispecies Documentary Methods in Wretched Waters: The Slow Violence of the Rio Doce Disaster
9. On Histories of Dispersal, the Missing Pictures and Ways of Knowing: The Artist’s Space Redefined for a Plural Art Practice
Alexandra Sophia Handal in conversation with Rania Al Namara. Edited by Rania Al Namara.
10. Decolonizing Transmedia Practices: An Essay on Editing
Anita Wen-Shin Chang
Part Four: Technologies
11. Between Self and Other: Propositions for Non-Dualistic Research on VR
Eva Theunissen and Paolo S.H. Favero
12. Beyond Technology’s Promise: Building Trust, Owning Narrative, Self-Authorship, and the Power of Storytelling!
Joel Kachi Benson in conversation with Rania Al Namara. Edited by Rania Al Namara.
13. Desert Stars: Effectuation and Co-Creation in a Research-Creation i-doc
André Paz, Felipe Carrelli, Galileo Mobile and Amanar task force
Part Five: Expanding Boundaries
14. Guerrilla Archaeology and Ancient Aliens: Countering the Mediascapes of Stigmatized Knowledge
Jeb J. Card and Leighton C. Peterson
15. Responding to Tension
Tessa Ratuszynska in conversation with Tammy Rae Matthews. Edited by Tammy Rae Matthews.
16. In the Light of Memory
Diego Cerna Aragon
17. Expanding Boundaries, Indigenous and Migrant Cartographies: Counter-Mapping the Inter-National Relations of the Odeimin Runners Club
Debbie Ebanks Schlums, Adrian Kahgee, and Rebeka Tabobondung
Kathleen M. Ryan is a documentary filmmaker and an associate professor of journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her hybrid work focuses on transformations in storytelling due to shifting media technologies. Specifically, she explores the intersection of theory and praxis within evolving media forms such as interactive documentary. Her projects deal with issues of gender, self-identity, visuality, and user/participant agency.
David Staton is an associate professor at the University of Northern Colorado where he teaches in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies. His areas of research include visual communication, ethics, and sports journalism. He has been involved in the production of three feature-length documentary films, which have been screened internationally. Ghost Resort, his first experimental documentary short, is now at festival.