The origins of i-Docs

i-Docs is a research strand within the Digital Cultures Research Centre at UWE Bristol. It began with a Symposium –  the first dedicated to interactive documentary – convened by myself, Jon Dovey and Sandra Gaudenzi in March 2011. We convened two further Symposia in 2012 and 2014 (with additional involvement from Mandy Rose) and edited a special edition of Studies in Documentary Film on i-Docs. Another symposium is proposed for 2016 and we are currently working on several collaborative projects.i-Docs_LOGO-300x300The i-Docs website has developed to become key UK resources in the field. Alongside the symposium and website we also run events as part of  i-Docs Presents. I co-founded i-Docs because of my ongoing research into using computers and film to communicate multiple points of view in new ways. It goes back to my involvement with the BBC Interactive Television Unit in the early 1990s when videodisc was king. Even if things have moved a long way since then, it’s fair to say that some of the core principles haven’t changed.

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