Just returned from Bristol where I gave a talk at this year’s i-Docs symposium. Overall, three fantastic days packed with ideas, considerations and practical examples of what the future of documentary might look like. Truly a top-notch event when it comes to emerging documentary practices. And, most importantly, it never fails to be both fun and engaging. It was great to run into old friends and meet some new ones.
A few words about the symposium: Convened for the first time in 2011, i-Docs Symposium is an annual event in Bristol (UK) that gathers leading international scholars and makers of the emerging/interactive forms of documentary. It is organized and supported by University of the West of England and the Digital Cultures Research Centre (DCRC), Bristol. The symposium is the first and the largest of its kind, solely dedicated to this particular field of documentary practice. This year’s event was the biggest so far, attracting over 500 attendees and featuring over one hundred presenters, 18 thematic panels, and ongoing exhibitions of recent interactive documentary works including projects incorporating virtual reality (VR). Over a period of three days, March 2-4, an impressive assembly of scholars and artists engaged in thought-provoking discussions and presentations.