An intervention and interrogation of screen culture. Live Interactive Documentary explores new methods and theories for an interdisciplinary, innovative, and embodied, performance-based history documentary that engages active spectator-participants.
We fuse video projection with live narration to make a spectacle of the editing process. Audio and video are live-mixed in the space; in the place of preprogrammed point-and-click options audiences are invited to stand and speak. The team responds through commentary and live-mixing imagery, film clips and music.
We foreground the local and embodied act of reception to propose a new form of democratized cinema in which audience members are not merely receiving and interacting within their own heads. They may stand up. They may be seen, heard, a part of the performance.
LIVE DOC PROJECT
The goal is to take elements of interactive documentary and put them in real/analog space.
Humans instead of algorithms process the options, allowing the film to be spontaneous and the pathways infinite.
130 Year Road Trip
As an audience member, I was excited by the scope, scale, and collaborative nature of the Live Doc. The visuals, music, and narration added an extra dimension to my movie-going experience, and made me feel like a direct participant in the storytelling process. The doc team is to be commended for creating a “must-be-experienced” engagement with history and for reminding all of us of the power of the creative arts.
I thought the out-takes at the end were really strong and I loved the parts where the interviews don’t always corroborate the thesis of the project; the presentation really conveyed the messiness of historical research in a way that academic writing often doesn’t (for the most part).The discussion also was very strong and I thought the dialogical part might be developed further as that’s where I really got a sense of the global implications of the project.
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