the book

i-docs: The Evolving Practices of Interactive Documentary

After two years of hard work with my colleagues Judith Aston and Mandy Rose, I am very proud to announce that our new book is out!

This is a book aimed at people wishing to expand their views on what factual interactive narratives are, can be and might become. It has been written keeping in mind the needs and interests of scholars, practitioners and students and mixes interviews, case studies and articles. It is available  via Amazon or Columbia University Press.

I-Docs book cover

“This timely, original collection captures much of this uncertainty and excitement, with contributions from some of the key thinkers in what we might call ‘new documentary studies.”  —  Prof. Matt Soar, Concordia University

“People and process outflank technology. That’s the key intervention that this important new anthology, i-docs: The Evolving Practices of Interactive Documentary, offers into the dizzying, endlessly mutating terrain of new media documentary.”  — Prof. Patricia R. Zimmermann, Afterimage vol 45, n.1, 2017

The history of documentary has been one of adaptation and change, as docu-mentarists have harnessed the affordances of emerging technology. In the last decade interactive documentaries (i-docs) have become established as a new field of practice within non-fiction storytelling. Their various incarnations are now a focus at leading film festivals (IDFA DocLab, Tribeca Storyscapes, Sheffield DocFest), major international awards have been won, and they are increasingly the subject of academic study.

This anthology looks at the creative practices, purposes and ethics that lie behind these emergent forms. Expert contributions, case studies and interviews with major figures in the field address the production processes that lie behind interactive documentary, as well as the political, cultural and geographic contexts in which they are emerging and the media ecology that supports them. Taking a broad view of interactive documentary as any work which engages with ‘the real’ by employing digital interactive technology, this volume addresses a range of platforms and environments, from web-docs and virtual reality to mobile media and live performance. It thus explores the challenges that face interactive documentary practitioners and scholars, and proposes new ways of producing and engaging with interactive factual content.

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