Convergence media and the digital vernacular - towards the auto-documentary: revisited

Vickers, Richard and Field, James (2012) Convergence media and the digital vernacular - towards the auto-documentary: revisited. In: MindTrek Academic Conference, 3-5 October 2012, Tampere, Finland.

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Over the past year the authors have been developing an interactive documentary project entitled (, exploring new opportunities for participation, collaboration and the potential democratization of documentary production. Utilizing user-generated video captured on mobile phones and available devices, the project is participatory whereby the audience contribute documentary videos, around the theme of 24 hours in a city or location; for example Tampere.

With reference to Dziga Vertov’s seminal 1929 documentary film ‘Man with a Movie Camera’, the aim is for the videos to document the cities, the people that live there and their daily lives. Moving beyond the user-generated content model, the project will build up a database of location specific documentary material and aim to create a new system for collaborative documentary production and user-curated content.

The project was demonstrated at MINDTREK 2011 and is revisited this year to discuss how the project has progressed and discuss the research themes of convergence media, participation culture and the auto-documentary.

Keywords:Convergence media, Participation Culture, Networked devices, Auto-Documentary, Interactive, Democratization.
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P430 Interactive Publishing
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P310 Media Production
W Creative Arts and Design > W280 Interactive and Electronic Design
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Architecture)
ID Code:6008
Deposited On:24 Jul 2012 14:01

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