About CollabDocs

This blog reflects research I’m undertaking as an AHRC Research Fellow in Creative & Performing Arts at the Digital Cultures Research Centre at the University of the the West of England, based at the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol, UK.

My research looks at the intersection between documentary and the Social, Semantic and Open Web. I’m investigating the role of the producer as context provider, catalyst, curator in documentary projects. I’m interested in the social, political and creative potential of participatory and collaborative forms. I’m drawing inspiration and ideas for methodology from documentary and beyond.

My current practice-based research The Are you happy? Project revisits Jean Rouch’s seminal documentary “Chronicle of a Summer” in the context of global collaboration and the web, and explores the potential of HTML5 for the “creative treatment of actuality”.

The term ‘Collab’ is drawn from You Tube and refers to the joint productions that people started creating on that platform in 2007. (See my interview with Collab pioneer MadV.)