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You are reading my blog. This is a space for me to concentrate my thoughts on interactive factual narratives: new projects that I have seen, events I have been to, interviews with authors, thoughts on future trends or just ideas and questions…

You might used to follow me on www.interactivedocumentary.net. That was the website I set up in 2009 to document my process while doing a PhD about interactive documentaries at Goldsmiths. So why changing blog? Well… I finished my PhD!! And that website was really tailor-made to document my student efforts. So when I finished the PhD I really had two solutions: keep the blog URL, but change the content and structure (which would have been a shame for all the people that have been, and still are, referencing that website), or freeze interactivedocumentary.net and open a new blog, with a new design and a fresh angle. I went for the second option: interactivedocumentary.net is now closed, but still accessible, and interactivefactual.net is where I will blog from now on (I am also very active on i-Docs.org, so have a look there too!).

So why going from “interactive documentary” to “interactive FACTUAL”? And what is the difference?

Well… the way I see it, there is NO difference… but I have noticed that most people get confused by the word i-doc (interactive documentary). The fact of including the word “documentary” comes with a cultural baggage, and people automatically assume that an i-doc needs to have a strong narrative arch, an authorial point of view and lots of video. Now… this might not be the case at all! Actually, the most interesting i-docs I can think of are participatory, often open to change and sometimes use no video at all. The way I see it games for change, online journalism, factual mobile apps, interactive educational narratives and  webdocs are all part of the large family of i-docs, but I have noticed that the moment one mentions “documentary” our brains seem to close and stick to our cultural assumptions.

This is why I decided to call this blog “interactive factual”. I hope this terminology is clearer, or simply more inclusive. The definition that I had coined for the word “i-doc” (“any project that starts with an intention to document the ‘real’ and that does so by using digital interactive technology can be considered an i-doc“) is still valid, but now I would say that it is an “interactive factual narrative” (or an IF narrative, which I think is a nice way to get out of the single author paradigm!).

So welcome to interactivenarratives.net! Feel free to comment and participate: this is a space of dialogue, use it!

5 Responses to “About”

  1. Carl cordonnier March 25, 2014 at 8:27 am #

    Starting a project it has been inspirational to watch
    Your interviews and questions. I will be happy
    To get your updates. Thanks a lot

  2. Mark Holme February 24, 2015 at 8:06 pm #

    Dear Sandra,

    Is it still possible to access your older blog interactivedocumentary.net? I was looking at it this morning and the material about your journey through your phd was very interesting.

    By the way, will you be coming to the Sheffield Doc fest this year?

    Regards
    Mark

    • sgaudenzi February 24, 2015 at 10:19 pm #

      Hi Mark,

      funny that you ask for this because interactivedocumentary.net was up till yesterday when I decided to do an update with the version of and it all disappeared!!!

      I do not have the time t deal with t right now, but I will soon…

      sorry for the inconvenience, and thank you for the interest!

  3. june owens May 15, 2015 at 6:22 am #

    Hi,
    I’m looking forward to learning more from you! (Fellow PhD student studying Interactive Factual Narrative…you are correct…the terms bring all sorts of implied meaning…also learning that even “reality” brings unknown meaning (mainly due to “reality shows” which aren’t reality…we need to find a term soon – researching this is such a confusing chore to just determine what is an interactive documentary.

  4. Britt Wray May 15, 2015 at 11:12 am #

    Hi Sandra,
    Thank you so much for making your inspiring doctoral thesis available, as well as the UX series on this site. It’s all proving really helpful in my thinking as I’m developing a new idoc project. I explored your curated picks on MIT’s Open Doc Lab, which exposed me to a great deal of interesting projects, but I thought I’d follow up now by asking if you have ever encountered any compelling examples of idocs that work predominantly with audio as their central media format? Arguably Bear 71 may perhaps slot into this, but the interface is no doubt hyper visual as well as driven through audio storytelling. I’d love to hear your thoughts on that if you have any examples of audio-based interactive projects that you’ve found interesting to experience and contemplate. Particularly those that lack an emphasis on video or other graphical elements.
    With sincere thanks,
    Britt

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