Interactive documentary

Just got a press release about a symposium in interactive documentaries, which sounds like it might be pretty cool, with overlaps to the kind of educational/gaming/interactive story/research work done by the people at PlayThePast, ARGs, and Failbetter’s historical, museum-situated project An Expedition with Mr Mirrors.

I can’t go myself, but maybe some here will be interested:

A lab/symposium dedicated to the rapidly evolving field of interactive documentary

Friday 25th of March 2011 at the Watershed Media Centre, Bristol, U.K.

i-Docs is a one day lab/symposium dedicated to the exploration of new forms such as web-documentaries, docu-games, mobile films and locative projects. During the day artists and producers will present their latest work to generate debate with academics and media researchers on what is currently being made. What can be learned by the first success stories of the genre? How to deal with user’s participation? Can a game logic be applied to a documentary? What are commissioning editors expecting from a cross-media documentary? These are a few of the topics that will be discussed on the day. i-Docs is bringing together some of the world’s most active and creative interactive documentary experts. Confirmed key speakers are:

• Nick Cohen – Multiplatform Commissioning Editor, BBC, UK
• Alexandre Brachet – Upian, FR
Upian is the company behind Prison Valley, Gaza/Sderot and Portraits d’un Nouveau Monde
• Matt Adams – Blast Theory, UK
Pervasive games specialists, Blast Theory is famous for Can you See me Now?, Rider Spoke, and their latest A Machine to See With
• Florian Thalhofer – New Media Artist, DE
The inventor of the Korsakow System, the non-linear authoring tool which made Forgotten Flags, the [LoveStoryProject] and Rehearsing Reality possible

For further information, and the full programme, see:

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.

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