The first Docuverse Snapshots event took place on Thursday the 21st of April in the non/fictionLab’s Urban Writing House. The evening was a screening of work-in-progress expanded documentary projects by Nicholas Hansen, Karli Lukas, and Kim Munro. There were 20 people or so in attendance which allowed for discussion and questions after each presenter.
Nicholas introduced, and showed his work-in-progress Breaking the News multi-linear project. What Nicholas discussed was how he is moving his linear documentary Breaking the News into a multi-linear environment using the Klynt editing and publishing interactive storytelling software. After he showed the work there was discussion on, ways the interactive is incorporating the film’s rushes footage, and comments on how participants may navigate through the different multimedia materials, which make up the project.
Karli, talked about the current hesitations she was having with footage shot for a documentary project she had started a long time ago. She showed some of the footage she had shot, talking about how the affordances of expanded documentary environments might allow her to create a richer essayistic documentary. The conversation that followed talked about potentials for the footage and a general appreciation for the sparse, empty shots of the institution.
Kim, showed a current iteration of her Aloneness project in a multilinear and linear form. Both forms showed footage she had collected on a recent trip to Japan accompanied by a range of interviews on aloneness, diagetic sounds and music. Kim talked about how she was experimenting with polyvocality in both multilinear and linear forms. The discussion that followed centred around the relationship between the audio, visuals and text, and the affordances that both the linear and nonlinear offered in terms of viewing experience.
Our first forum for the discussion of expanded documentary in an informal context worked well, where there was plenty of opportunity for the audience to contribute feedback and observations.
Our next Docuverse event will be held on the 23rd of June.
If you would like to stay up-to-date with upcoming Docuverse news and events please join our Facebook group or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to join our mailing list.