Story systems: the potential of transmedia storytelling as material embodiment of a collective enactment of place and identity

Potter, Martin (2017) Story systems: the potential of transmedia storytelling as material embodiment of a collective enactment of place and identity. In: Bocanegra Barbecho, Lidia, and García López, Ana, (eds.) Con La Red / En La Red: creación, investigación y comunicación cultural y artística en la era internet / [English] On the Network / Within the Network: production, research, cultural and artistic communication in the internet. Downhill Publishing, Granada, pp. 155-173.

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The ideas raised in this chapter initially emer- ged over the course of conceiving and creating the acc- laimed multi-year, transmedia Big Stories, Small Towns participatory documentary project ( The project has facilitated the telling, recording, archiving and dissemination of over 500 intimate auto/biographical narratives across thirteen towns in six countries to over 1 million viewers. The project was initiated in 2008 with the belief that every community has a living memory and co- llective identity woven together from a thousand stories. Recognising the intrinsic value of telling and documenting stories – with the active involvement of participants using a variety of media and technologies – reveals emergent and complex processes. The inter-twined combination of con- text, process, form and relationships heightened throu- gh the use of technology is a complex adaptive system. 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. This represents a fundamental shift away from a centralised vision of storymaking (i.e. author/documen- ter-centric). Thus, this chapter moves attention from the rhetoric of texts to practices of community organisation and technological and embodied material relations, both of which aspire to produce a collectively enacted sense of place and identity.

Item ID: 52092
Item Type: Book Chapter (Scholarly Work)
ISBN: 978-84-338-6010-1
Keywords: digital humanities, digital social science, internet, co-creation, culture, digital communication, arts, humanidades digitales, ciencias sociales digitales
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