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Remediations of Nonfiction: Animation, Interactivity and Documentary from Africa.

Callus, P., 2017. Remediations of Nonfiction: Animation, Interactivity and Documentary from Africa. Critical Interventions, 11 (3), 269-286.

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DOI: 10.1080/19301944.2017.1401412


This article explores re-mediations of non-fiction through an examination of so-called animated documentary and interactive documentary. By focusing upon case studies from Africa, the article proposes that whilst these processes and methods are not conventionally aligned with documentary practice in a customary sense, they offer aesthetic strategies that allow artists and filmmakers to consider their position reflexively as authors, curators and participants in the narratives that they seek out to explore. Their films exist on the periphery of typical classifications of this genre and this peripheral status allows them degrees of freedom that would otherwise not be possible with conventional methods. In animation, for example, they are able to draw upon specific aesthetic motifs or culturally located iconography that resonates with local audiences. Through interactivity they are able to tap into the participatory cultures and user-generated content to encourage polyvocality as a means to examine “truth” and in turn to question the authority of the author.

Item Type:Article
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:30484
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:19 Mar 2018 10:53
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:10


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