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Verging: Technologies/Practices/Aesthetics in Contemporary Documentary

Two-day Symposium (March 18th - 19th), Toronto

Keynote Speaker:Jonathan Harris (Network Effect <> &
number27 <>)
The PhD program in Cinema and Media Studies at York University, Toronto, in
conjunction with the Department of Cinema and Media Arts’ Future
Documentary Lab, welcomes papers and panels discussing the current
landscape and changing language of documentary practices across
technologies, aesthetics, and audiences. We invite scholars, practitioners,
curators and media workers to present. The Symposium intends to interrogate
the evolution of documentary in our wired and digital world. We will gather
work from traditional documentary, across interactive storytelling, and
through augmented and virtual realities. We will ask how and if commercial,
artistic, activist, and educational practitioners can and are working

Jonathan Harris is an award winning interactive artist and computer
scientist, known for his work with data poetics and storytelling. The
co-creator of We Feel Fine <>, the director of The
Whale Hunt <>, I Love Your Work
<>, among many others, Harris’s works have
redefined documentary storytelling in the digital age. The winner of three
Webby awards, his work has also been recognized by AIGA and Ars Electronica.

The conference organizers welcome, and highly encourage, individual papers,
panel suggestions, and alternative presentation formats (workshops and
demonstrations) across all disciplines related to the conference theme and
to the keynote speakers’ research. Presentations will be 20 minutes in



   Projection spaces and/or spaces onscreen; questions of installation

   Cross-disciplinary use of virtual reality (i.e., sciences, medicine,
   artillery technologies) in artistic and cross-artistic practice (i.e., fine
   arts, dance, theatre)


   Classical narrative storytelling vs. non-representational forms

   Temporality and spatiality

   Questions of distribution: How do you exhibit for a collective audience?
   Influence/responsibility of private and/or public funding


   Historical events’ effects on the cultural & aesthetic standards of
   documentary practice


   The praxis and ethics of documenting refugees across borders

   Addressing the demarcation between documentary filmmaking practices and

   Pedagogical uses, potentials, complexities of VR and/or interactive

Submissions must be sent by Friday, February 19th by 5PM to
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[first name]”.

Please send the following:


   An abstract (.pdf format) of no more than 300 words (introducing your
   research objectives, theoretical framework, and methodology)

   A brief bio of 100 words. Be sure to state your name and affiliation

   Please include a working title and partial bibliography of 2-3 sources

   List equipment needed, if necessary

Notification of accepted abstracts/panels will be sent by Friday, February
26th. For further inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact:
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