Critical junctures: place-based storytelling in the Big Stories, Small Towns participatory documentary project

Potter, Martin (2017) Critical junctures: place-based storytelling in the Big Stories, Small Towns participatory documentary project. Media International Australia, 164 (1). pp. 117-127.

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Abstract

Since 2008, the multi-year and multi-platform Big Stories, Small Towns documentary project (bigstories.com.au) has facilitated the telling, recording, archiving and dissemination of auto/biographical narratives in Australia, Cambodia, West Papua, Malaysia and Indonesia. Through this work, a critical juncture has been identified in the mediascape where reconstruction can materialise. While a level of interconnectivity has always underpinned storytelling within communities, shifting global dynamics and new mediums allow for an alternative examination of multi-layered communities and the complex relations between people, social backgrounds, technology/media and place. I argue that this represents a fundamental shift away from a centralised vision of storymaking (i.e. author/documenter-centric) to a collectivised storytelling practice. Thus, this article moves attention from the rhetoric of texts to practices of community organisation and the technological and embodied material relations, which aspire to produce a collectively enacted sense of place and identity.

Item ID: 48979
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1329-878X
Keywords: community media, critical juncture analysis, digital storytelling, documentary, participatory documentary, participatory media, transmedia, transmedia documentary
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Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2017 02:27
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190205 Interactive Media @ 30%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies @ 20%
19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190299 Film, Television and Digital Media not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture @ 20%
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