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Interactive documentary and live performance: From embodied to emplaced interaction

Aston, Judith


Judith Aston
Wallscourt Associate Professor in Immersive Media


Sandra Gaudenzi


In 2015, I gave a keynote lecture on ‘Interactive Documentary and Live Performance’ (Aston 2015), a subject which has received little attention to date within the field of interactive documentary practice. My argument was that the sense of time, place and occasion that surrounds live performance has a role to play within interactive documentary and that there is much to be learnt about this from the world of interactive theatre. I showed a number of examples, suggesting that performative approaches could inform mediated as well as live work, and that there was much scope for creating interesting synergies between these two processes. This paper builds on this keynote, by tightening up my argument and bringing in some new examples. It also situates my work alongside Julie Fischer’s MSc dissertation on ‘The Emerging Field of Live Documentary Practice’ (2014), the work of Paul Dourish (2001) on ‘embodied interaction’, and the work of David Howes (2004) and Sarah Pink (2009) on the emerging paradigm of ‘emplacement’. In bringing together these different strands, I suggest a new term through which to interrogate i-docs: ‘emplaced interaction’.


Aston, J. (2017). Interactive documentary and live performance: From embodied to emplaced interaction. In M. Rose, S. Gaudenzi, & J. Aston (Eds.), The Evolving Practices of Interactive Documentary, 222-237. Wallflower, subsidiary of Columbia University Press

Publication Date Feb 28, 2017
Publicly Available Date
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 1
Pages 222-237
Series Title Non fictions
Book Title The Evolving Practices of Interactive Documentary
ISBN 9780231181228
Keywords interactive documentary, live performance, emplaced interaction
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