Dolní Roveň: Visual Ethnography and Interactive Narrative

Prof. Terence Wright
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J. Hoberman, film critic for New York's 'The Village Voice', has referred to ethnographic film as 'documentary's avant-garde'. With this sentiment in mind, the paper maintains that visual ethnography should play a central role in exploring and redefining documentary practice in relation to the new media technologies. A study of narrative in ethnographic film has formed the rationale and strategy for the author's production 'Dolní Roveň': an experimental interactive ethnography based on village life in the Czech Republic. This ethnography is part of NM2 (New Media for a New Millennium): a European Union funded project which aims to create prototype production tools for the media industry. They will allow the easy production of non-linear media genres based on moving audiovisual images suitable for transmission over broadband networks. The paper outlines the ideas that have contributed to the interactive ethnography, explains the rationale behind the production and examines its potential for future development.

Keywords: Visual Ethnography, Anthropology, Interactive Documentary, Media Production Tools, Broadband Networks
Stream: Knowledge and Technology
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Prof. Terence Wright

School of Art and Design, University of Ulster

Before his current post, Terence Wright was Professor in Photography: Art and Media Theory at Kunsthøgskolen, Bergen, Norway. Formerly he was Senior Research Officer at The Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, where he ran the project 'Moving Images: the Media Representation of Refugees'. As a freelance photographer his clients have included: BBC Television News and Current Affairs; magazines Campaign, Company, Cosmopolitan and Country Life, Health Education Authority, Sense, Sport Aid. Recent publications include the 2nd Edition of his 'The Photography Handbook', Routledge (2004); 'The Creative Treatment of Actuality' - Visions and Revisions in Representing Truth' (2003) in 'Architectures of Illusion - from Motion Pictures to Navigable Interactive Environments' Intellect Books; and 'Collateral Coverage: media images of Afghan refugees during the 2001 emergency' (2004) in the journal 'Visual Studies' His latest book 'Visual Impact: culture and the meaning of images' is to be published by Berg in December 2005.

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