Monday, February 16. 10am – 4pm
RMIT University, City Campus, Building 9, Level 1, Room 24.
This is a free symposium. To register your interest in attending please email your name to:

(Please note, as this is free no catering is able to be provided on the day.)

logo for Interactive doco symposium

LOCATION: Building 9, Level 1, Room 24, city campus (map)

Interactive documentary is a developing new field of audio visual nonfiction. It combines documentary film with the possibilities made available by the internet and new media. RMIT’s nonfictionLab is hosting a research symposium that offers new ideas about interactive documentary. Presentations are from theorists and practitioners in the field of interactive documentary. The symposium will be a lively introduction and contribution to discussion and debate about this new form of multilinear, multimedia nonfiction.


10:00 am, arrival, introduction, outline of day

10:30 – 11:30ish Session One moderated by Seth Keen
New Narratives for New Media: Exploiting the potential of emergent media for the production of hybrid documentaries
Dean Keep (Swinburne, Melbourne)
Moments of Noticing: I See You as a Speculative Work Towards an Essayistic List Practice in Interactive Documentary
Hannah Brasier (RMIT, Melbourne)

byo coffee

12:00 – 13:00 Session Two moderated by Cathie Payne
#24Frames 24Hours: An emerging documentary form: Workshop-generated videos
Max Schleser (Massey, NZ)
A Documentary Designer Manifesto: Propositions for Interactive Documentary Practice on the Web
Seth Keen (RMIT University, Melbourne)

byo lunch (grab something, and join us all on level 2 of building 9, nothing formal, just chatting over lunch)

14:00 – 15:30 Session Three moderated by Dean Keep
Between art and documentary (Miniatures & series: journeys across the surface of the earth)
Cathie Payne (University of Newcastle)
Affect and Ambient Documentary
Adrian Miles (RMIT, Melbourne)
Documentary, instructions and experiences of place
Bettina Frankham (UTS, Sydney)

closing remarks

Presenter Bios

Dean Keep
Dean is a lecturer/ artist at Swinburne University and teaches across a range of media disciplines including digital video and audio, digital imaging, convergence cultures and multi-platform narratives. Dean’s research has a strong focus on mobile media cultures/practices, digital ethnography and memory studies. Dean’s creative practice involves the use of heritage and emergent media technologies to examine the ways in which visual media may inform our understanding of historical time, place and personal/cultural memories. Dean is currently a Phd candidate at the School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra.

Hannah Brasier
Hannah Brasier is a PhD candidate in the School of Media and Communication, at RMIT University. Her project-based research is developing potential models of online interactive video practice unique to the affordances of the network. She is specifically interested in transformations of the essay film and subjective documentary in online environments. Hannah is a member of the nonfictionLab at RMIT. She has presented at the Australian Screen Production and Education Research Association annual conference and is currently working on a chapter for a forthcoming anthology on interactive documentary. Hannah teaches within the Media program at RMIT University, and is a visiting PhD scholar at the University of Leeds during 2015.

Max Schleser
I am currently the Program Leader of the Creative Media Production Program and Senior Lecturer at Massey University (New Zealand). I have a background in Video Production, Documentary Studies, Wireless, Mobile and Ubiquitous Technologies. My short and feature documentaries have been screened at film and new media festivals internationally and broadcast on TV. In 2013 I received the International Visiting Research Scholar award from Monmouth University, USA and was awarded both the University and College Early-Career Research Awards at Massey University. I am the co-founder of the Mobile Innovation Network Aotearoa [MINA] and curator of the annual MINA International Mobile Innovation Screening. I publish the MINA eBook on iTunes (2012, 2013 and 2014 forthcoming) and my recently co-edited book with Marsha Berry entitled Mobile Media Making in an Age of Smartphones (2014) is a collection of articles that discuss the prospects of creative mobile media practices. Other publications include book chapters such as “A Decade of Mobile Moving-Image Practice” in The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media , “From ‘Script to Screen’ to ‘sh%t n share’” in Truth, Dare or Promise: Art and Documentary Revisited or “Collaborative Mobile Phone Film Making” in the Handbook of Participatory Video amongst others. My articles are published in the Journal of Media Practice, Audio Visual Thinking and Culture Visuelle. I am the editor of the MINA special issue in Ubiquity Journal of Pervasive Media and Journal of Creative Technologies (2014).

Seth Keen
Dr. Seth Keen teaches New Media at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. He holds a MA (by Research) in Media Arts and a PhD (Media and Communication). Seth works with video to explore the nexus between documentary practice and new media technologies. His practice is interdisciplinary across media, art and design. He produces video works for exhibition, broadcast, screening and online publication. Interested in social and environmental change, Seth collaborates with organisations on the design of frameworks to create interactive documentaries, audio-visual archives and tools. In collaboration with the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam, Seth helped facilitate and research the Video Vortex conference series, a critical forum on online video.

Cathie Payne

Adrian Miles
Dr. Adrian Miles is Senior Lecturer and currently the Program Director of the consilience Honours lab at RMIT, in Melbourne, Australia, and leader of the Documentary node of RMIT’s nonfictionLab. He does research on hypertext media, networked interactive video, computational nonfiction, and interactive documentary. He undertakes theoretically inflected digital projects. Adrian’s research interests include interactive nonfiction, pedagogies for new media, and digital video poetics – with a Deleuzean cinematic inflection.

Bettina Frankham
Dr. Bettina Frankham teaches in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Technology, Sydney. As a practice led researcher in digital media arts and production Bettina is exploring the role of aesthetic experience in knowledge creation and is developing an open, poetic approach to media projects that address issues of social concern. She has a particular interest in creating intersectional works that cross into territories of documentary, art and poetry. With a focus on the everyday details of life, her work searches out points of connection across cultural difference. Her projects have been selected to screen at international media arts festivals.

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