Participatory Media in Cambodia: an exploration of relational film, documentary and art

Potter, Martin (2012) Participatory Media in Cambodia: an exploration of relational film, documentary and art. Report. Asialink, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

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[Extract] With the financial support of Asialink in 2012 and additional support from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust and the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) fund, and in-kind support from the Bophana Centre in Phnom Penh I was able to return to Cambodia to work with independent Khmer artists and filmmakers who are pushing the boundaries of creative self expression and exploring new forms of articulating their culture for Cambodian and international audiences.

With a long history of violent repression of media and independent, creative self-expression Cambodia has struggled to re-capture the extraordinary cultural capital that blossomed in the 1960s before war, the Khmer Rouge and more than 20 years of political instability destroyed the vibrancy of both traditional and contemporary Cambodian art and culture. Access to and interest in all aspects of media and screen culture is expanding rapidly, but is hampered by a lack of opportunities that encourage participation and cultural and governmental censorship.

My residency sought to build on more two and a half years work in using media and art for development in the Cambodian context. I had moved to Cambodia in 2009 and returned to Australia in mid 2011. During that time I worked across a variety of participatory media projects for UN agencies, international NGOs and produced digital media projects with the support of media institutions including National Film Board of Canada, EU Media and Screen Australia.

Much of my work focused on working with emerging filmmakers and artists -young people under 30 who are expanding conservative views of Cambodian culture and history and seeking to define their identities beyond the tragedies of the past 40 years. The majority of this work was concerned with exploring new platforms for creative expression with the use of online a focus. In addition a focus was on building or supporting collective, creative endeavours and structures.

Over the course of this work I have developed a series of close relationships with some inspiring individuals and collectives - some of whom will be profiled in this report - and who were key creative collaborators on the variety of projects undertaken. Whilst a large amount of content was produced over the course of the residency, and structures were put in place for continued creativity beyond the scope of the residency, I believe that consolidating these relationships with key collaborators has been the most important outcome of the residency.

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FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190205 Interactive Media @ 25%
19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1901 Art Theory and Criticism > 190104 Visual Cultures @ 25%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200103 International and Development Communication @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture @ 40%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950205 Visual Communication @ 20%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950304 Conserving Intangible Cultural Heritage @ 40%
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