Chicago Girl documentary – mobile phone use

Chicago Girl documentary From press notes web page: From her childhood bedroom in the Chicago suburbs, an American teenage girl uses social media to coordinate the revolution in Syria. Armed with Facebook, Twitter, Skype and camera phones, she helps her social network “on the ground” in Syria brave snipers and shelling in the streets to Read more about Chicago Girl documentary – mobile phone use[…]

Setting the field

Jenny Thornley provided a response to the article: Aston, Judith, and Sandra Gaudenzi. “Interactive Documentary: Setting the Field.” Studies in Documentary Film 6.2 (2012): 125–139 …on the new documentary list.

New Documentary Ecologies

Book summary recently published: New Documentary Ecologies: Emerging Platforms, Practices and Discourses Edited By Kate Nash, Craig Hight and Catherine Summerhayes Documentary remains a vital and dynamic media form, one that has persisted through decades of change in patterns of media production, distribution and reception, from its early conception in silent filmmaking, through ‘new’ media Read more about New Documentary Ecologies[…]

Visualising Documentary

From the Data Visualisation webpage on the Moments of Innovation website, which is exploring the convergence of technology with documentary. A simple trick accounts for much of our success as a species: pattern recognition. Confronted with complex interactions and wide-ranging inputs, we manage to sort through the clutter, emerging with dots that we can connect Read more about Visualising Documentary[…]

Data Documentary

At the Digital Documentary Audience symposium I was inspired by Mitchell Whitelaw‘s presentation amongst others. Somewhere in the mix of discussion the idea of a data documentary was raised. From Mitchell’s talk which looked at “data as a material for practice” – I saw a data documentary as being designed in a similar manner to Read more about Data Documentary[…]

The documentary enterprise

I really enjoyed Jeni Thornley’s energetic and illuminating presentation at the at Visible Evidence XIX international documentary conference at ANU, Canberra. Notes: How the history of documentary intersects with other fields in relation to theorising documentary. Thornley described the Internet as a “huge porous documentary text”. Collabdocs Docshift – Toronto idfa doclab ‘Audiovisual thinking’ as Read more about The documentary enterprise[…]

MIT open documentary lab

MIT open documentary lab – About The MIT Open Documentary Lab brings technologists, storytellers, and scholars together to advance the new arts of documentary. Drawing on MIT’s legacy of media innovation and its deep commitment to open and accessible information, the Open Documentary Lab is a place of generative dialogue between media makers, technologists, and Read more about MIT open documentary lab[…]

idfaDOCLAB Moments of Innovation

idfaDOCLAB / MIT open documentary lab – Moments of Innovation About: Defining documentary has never been easy, all the more because of different cultural traditions. The English-speaking world often looks back to the British documentarian John Grierson’s definition of the form as ‘the creative treatment of actuality’ — a useful phrase that he first used Read more about idfaDOCLAB Moments of Innovation[…]


Mandy Roses’ collabdocs research project. About My research looks at the intersection between documentary and the Social, Semantic and Open Web. I’m investigating the role of the producer as context provider, catalyst, curator in documentary projects. I’m interested in the social, political and creative potential of participatory and collaborative forms. I’m drawing inspiration and ideas Read more about Collabdocs[…]

Digital Documentary Audience

It has been a busy summer moving house so just getting to the Digital Documentary Audience symposium I presented at in late December. The symposium was organised by Craig Hight and here is an excerpt from the overview: The aim of this one-day symposium is to generate new research strategies and objectives prompted by intersections Read more about Digital Documentary Audience[…]