What does it mean to make participatory documentary today? How are established patterns of production broken up to make documentary subjects and audiences into active agents? And how can ‘the digital moment’ in documentary be designed to enable participants to take action – virtually on-line and tangibly on-ground?
Taking the paradigms of open space documentary, polyphony and networked|networking, The Quipu Project, a multi-platform documentary, serves as a test stone to fathom the transformative potential of emerging documentary practices and to discuss current mutations in documentary.
Anna Wiehl has worked as a research assistant at the University of Bayreuth and has been a research fellow with i-docs at the Digital Cultures Research Centre, Bristol.
Her research focuses on digital media cultures, documentary practices and interactive storytelling.
From 2017 to 2019, she directed the research project New Documentary Networks and Worknets – Emerging Practices of Participation and Co-Creation in Interactive Documentary Ecologies and finished her habilitation project, The ‘New’ Documentary Nexus. Currently, she is leading the research network The Documentary and the Digital.