Here you can access the first part of the second episode:

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Matt Soar (Concordia University): In the name of nonlinear storytelling, I’m skeptical about words such as ‘interactivity’ or ‘collaboration’, because I’m not sure interactive docs can solve things which a linear film cannot.

Judith Aston (i-docs): Collaboration can work on several layers: creating content in a creative participatory way, at the level of distributing content, or as a collaboration between the human and the computer, involving sharing and encouraging conversation.

Hugues Sweeney (National Film Board of Canada): For me it is about accepting a collective approach in which there’s not one single author, but rather several authors. The creator can take on different roles and it’s a very challenging process in each production.

William Uricchio (MIT Open Documentary Lab): Collaboration is a really important word in this space. It’s a kind of structure of interaction in which a creator has made an environment, and they indicate a constraint or a sort of path to follow. It’s about working together to build something.

Mike Robbins (Helios Design Labs): Collaboration to me is a place where you don’t know when things begin and end in a relationship with another person.

Katerina Cizek (Highrise): It’s important to distinguish between ‘participatory media’ and ‘collaboration’. You can collaborate with people but they don’t have to hold the camera in their hands. Collaboration encompasses a really huge spectrum for me.

Brian Winston (University of Lincoln): All conversation should finish with a handshake or a kiss, and that’s what collaboration is about (said by George Stoney).

Seth Keen (RMIT University): In terms of documentary practice, I see myself as a facilitator to other people to produce their own works, creating a framework for other people to work with and working alongside other people.


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Dr. Arnau Gifreu
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