Adrian Miles convened a panel at Visible Evidence XXII (2015, Toronto) around interactive documentary aesthetics. The format required each member to provide ten slides that would be on screen for thirty seconds in advance, so we each spoke for five minutes then opened it to discussion from the audience and amongst each other. (It was lively, to say the least.)
Following the panel I thought it would be of value to document it, semi-formally, if only so that some of the propositions could continue doing their work for others. It was also a sketch toward thinking about how to make the ephemeral of something like a panel discussion less so. So I curated the slides, and got the text of our talks, and built a small iBook pamphlet.
Screenworks (University of Bristol) thought about it, talked about it, and have published it not as peer reviewed (I certainly agree that it doesn’t have the necessary scale and detail to be viable for peer review) but as, in its own turn, another provocation to screen media research. This is good because it is this poking our academic habits that is one of the aims of the panel (young and established scholars, slides in advance, 5 minutes each only), and the iBook.