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Making publics: Documentary as do-it-with-others citizenship

Rose, Mandy

Authors

Mandy Rose Mandy.Rose@uwe.ac.uk
Professor in Documentary and Digital Cultures



Contributors

Megan Boler
Editor

Matt Ratto
Editor

Abstract

This chapter explores significant collaborative, interactive documentary practices that are emerging in the context of digital culture, and situates these emerging practices in relation to the counter-history within documentary in which subjects have taken on forms of agency and editorial control in the production process.
By using contemporary examples I will suggest why the concept of DiY is problematic for documentary. Awareness that a DiY approach to documentary making is not universally available prompts a questioning of the valorisation of the concept of DiY in the context of complex media production. Through the lens of co-creativity I discuss collaborative documentaries as a strategic response to the ‘participation gap’ (Jenkins 2006, 23).
But there is more than this at stake in these collaborative documentary practices. In my view, the concept of DiWO (Do-it-With-Others) is better equipped to capture the dynamics and importance of these projects. A co-creative, DiWO approach to documentary provides a progressive re-working of documentary’s historic role in the public sphere, as an "open space" (De Michiel and Zimmermann) for dialogue and a stage for the performance of citizenship.

Publication Date Feb 1, 2014
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Pages 201-212
Book Title DIY Citizenship : Critical Making and Social Media
ISBN 9780262026819
APA6 Citation Rose, M. (2014). Making publics: Documentary as do-it-with-others citizenship. In M. Ratto, & M. Boler (Eds.), DIY Citizenship : Critical Making and Social Media, 201-212. MIT Press
Keywords documentary, interactive documentary, participation, digital culture, co-creation
Related Public URLs https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/diy-citizenship
Additional Information Additional Information : © 2014 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, by permission of the MIT Press

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