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The readerly and the cinematic: Hybrid reconfigurations through digital media practice (2019)
Book Chapter
Aston, J. (in press). The readerly and the cinematic: Hybrid reconfigurations through digital media practice. In R. Coover (Ed.), The Digital ImaginaryBloomsbury Press Electronic Literature Series

This is a critical response to two interviews that will be in this new collection from interactive narrative pioneers David Clark and Sharon Daniel. I was commissioned to write this by the book's editor, Roderick Coover, based on my work as a pioneer... Read More about The readerly and the cinematic: Hybrid reconfigurations through digital media practice.

Polyphonic futures (2018)
Book Chapter
Aston, J., & Tsurusaki, A. (2018). Polyphonic futures. In A. Tsurusaki (Ed.), Game Changing Documentarism, 308-313. BNN Inc

Game-Changing Documentarism engages in dialogue with more than 30 writers and stakeholders who lead the state-of-the-art documentary scene in Japan and abroad. The editor writes in the introduction to my article: "How will the documentary list living... Read More about Polyphonic futures.

The poetics and politics of polyphony: Towards a research method for interactive documentary (2018)
Journal Article
Aston, J., & Odorico, S. (2018). The poetics and politics of polyphony: Towards a research method for interactive documentary. Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, 15, 63-93

This article stems from a panel we jointly convened at the i-Docs 2018 Symposium, where we presented a series of provocations with a view to generating a new theoretical framework for i-docs. These provocations were inspired by all aspects of Mikhail... Read More about The poetics and politics of polyphony: Towards a research method for interactive documentary.

Enacting polyphony: An interview with Florian Thalhofer (2018)
Journal Article
Thalhofer, F., Aston, J., & Odorico, S. (2018). Enacting polyphony: An interview with Florian Thalhofer. Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, 15, 106-112

Florian Thalhofer is a documentary filmmaker and the inventor of Korsakow, a software to create a new form of film and a principle to create a new kind of story. Florian’s system allows video makers to create nonlinear and interactive films and to te... Read More about Enacting polyphony: An interview with Florian Thalhofer.

I-Docs as intervention: The poetics and politics of polyphony (2018)
Journal Article
Aston, J., & Odorico, S. (2018). I-Docs as intervention: The poetics and politics of polyphony. Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, 15, 1-8

This special issue aims to analyse, reflect and raise questions on approaches to polyphony and complexity within i-docs. It also aims to begin to critically theorise this within the wider context of how media research methods can influence knowledge... Read More about I-Docs as intervention: The poetics and politics of polyphony.

Polyphony in practice: An interview with Sharon Daniel (2018)
Journal Article
Daniel, S., Aston, J., & Odorico, S. (2018). Polyphony in practice: An interview with Sharon Daniel. Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, 15, 94-105

Media artist Sharon Daniel has been involved with the i-Docs community since its inception—having presented her online documentaries and works in progress at all five i-Docs symposia that have taken place since 2011. We consider her to be a central a... Read More about Polyphony in practice: An interview with Sharon Daniel.

Interactive documentary: Setting the field (2018)
Book Chapter
Aston, J., & Gaudenzi, S. (2018). Interactive documentary: Setting the field. In D. Williams (Ed.), Ten Years of Studies in Documentary FilmRoutledge

This is a re-print of my 2012 article of the same name.

The New Materialism: Human and algorithmic agency within interactive documentary (2017)
Book Chapter
Aston, J. (2017). The New Materialism: Human and algorithmic agency within interactive documentary. In A. Miles (Ed.), The Material Turn and Interactive Documentary: A Panel, 50-61. A media materialisms UnPublising initiative

“This paper came out of a panel on 'The Material Turn and Interactive Documentary' at Visible Evidence XXIV, Buenos Aires, 2017. Each panelist was asked to make a series of propositions and interrogations around new epistemologies and ontologies for... Read More about The New Materialism: Human and algorithmic agency within interactive documentary.

Emplaced interaction and interactive documentary: Fighting algorithmic manipulation and filter bubbles with physical engagement (2017)
Journal Article
Aston, J. (2017). Emplaced interaction and interactive documentary: Fighting algorithmic manipulation and filter bubbles with physical engagement

Whilst the problems of algorithmic manipulation and filter bubbles need to be addressed on several fronts, the strategy I am proposing here is that of “emplaced interaction.” When applied to interactive documentary, this is a strategy which marries t... Read More about Emplaced interaction and interactive documentary: Fighting algorithmic manipulation and filter bubbles with physical engagement.

Interactive documentary and thick description: Embracing complexity and transcultural understanding (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Aston, J. (2017, August). Interactive documentary and thick description: Embracing complexity and transcultural understanding. Paper presented at Visible Evidence XXiV

This paper builds on my work as a founding director of i-Docs (i-docs.org) and on my background in anthropology. It explores how Geertz’s concept of ‘thick description’ can be applied to interactive documentary as a tool for engaging with complexity... Read More about Interactive documentary and thick description: Embracing complexity and transcultural understanding.

From ‘embodied interaction’ to ‘emplaced interaction’: Thinking through the transformative potential of interactive documentary (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Aston, J. (2017, June). From ‘embodied interaction’ to ‘emplaced interaction’: Thinking through the transformative potential of interactive documentary. Paper presented at NECS: European Network for Cinema and Media Studies

In 2016, interactive pioneer Chris Milk launched his new company With.in through an article on ‘The Future of Virtual Reality’, in which he called VR “the last medium” and claimed that it “will be more than just a storytelling platform. It will be a... Read More about From ‘embodied interaction’ to ‘emplaced interaction’: Thinking through the transformative potential of interactive documentary.

Not media about, but media with: Co-creation for activism (2017)
Book Chapter
Rose, M. (2017). Not media about, but media with: Co-creation for activism. In M. Rose, S. Gaudenzi, & J. Aston (Eds.), i-docs: the evolving practices of interactive documentary, 49-65. Wallflower, Columbia University Press

In this chapter I address the co-creative dimension of two interactive documentary projects – Question Bridge and Quipu. I examine the cultural precursors and contexts that inspired their divergent co-creative approaches. I consider how the producers... Read More about Not media about, but media with: Co-creation for activism.

i-docs - the evolving practices of interactive documentary (2017)
Book
Aston, J., Gaudenzi, S., & Rose, M. (2017). i-docs - the evolving practices of interactive documentary. Wallflower Press, Columbia University Press

The history of documentary has been one of adaptation and change, as docu-mentarists have harnessed the affordances of emerging technology. In the last decade interactive documentaries (i-docs) have become established as a new field of practice withi... Read More about i-docs - the evolving practices of interactive documentary.

Interactive documentary and live performance: From embodied to emplaced interaction (2017)
Book Chapter
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

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, plac... Read More about Interactive documentary and live performance: From embodied to emplaced interaction.

Interactive documentary: What does it mean and why does it matter? (2016)
Other
Aston, J. (2016). Interactive documentary: What does it mean and why does it matter?

Having just convened our fourth i-Docs symposium, it feels like an opportune moment to reflect on what is meant by ‘interactive documentary’ and why we at i-Docs have always seen it as a way of framing a set of possibilities, as opposed to being a sp... Read More about Interactive documentary: What does it mean and why does it matter?.

I am Orion as a ‘wraparound’ approach to documentary film-­making (2015)
Report
Aston, J. (2015). I am Orion as a ‘wraparound’ approach to documentary film-­making

‘I Am Orion’ is the direct result of a collaborative venture between myself and the artist and filmmaker Jeanie Finlay between September 2013 and March 2014. It is a ‘wraparound’ project, a term which we have come up with to offer an innovative model... Read More about I am Orion as a ‘wraparound’ approach to documentary film-­making.

Interactive documentary (streaming video) (2015)
Other
Aston, J. (2015). Interactive documentary (streaming video)

Professor Judith Aston discusses the genesis of her "i-doc" interactive documentary concept and its potential applications.

Interactive documentary (2014)
Book Chapter
Aston, J. (2014). Interactive documentary. In K. Harvey (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Politics and Social Media, 704-704. Sage. https://doi.org/10.4135/9781452244723.n288

Interactive documentary is a term used to describe the new possibilities for both the construction and representation of reality brought about by the human–computer interface. For a documentary to be interactive in this context, a physical action nee... Read More about Interactive documentary.

Database narrative, spatial montage, and the cultural transmission of memory: An anthropological perspective (2013)
Book Chapter
Aston, J. (2013). Database narrative, spatial montage, and the cultural transmission of memory: An anthropological perspective. In D. Harrison (Ed.), Digital Media and Technologies for Virtual Artistic Spaces, 150-158. Information Science Reference (an imprint of IGI Global). https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-2961-5.ch011

This chapter discusses ways in which the database narrative techniques of virtual media can be used to explore the relationship between real-world oral storytelling and embodied performance in the cultural transmission of memory. It is based on an on... Read More about Database narrative, spatial montage, and the cultural transmission of memory: An anthropological perspective.


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