Fired from a Machine Gun to Worlds That Never Were

It’s hard not to be sentimental while writing my final blog of 2016. So instead, I’m going to be cold and clinical.

Here is a transcript of what I said for the final presentation (27/10/2016)…

“The participatory mode, which we’ll be talking about, blurs the lines between producer, distributor and  audience. But this is only a cursory glance at the concept… Bill Nichols argues that 1960’s sync sound marks the inception of this mode. Nichols also attributed participation to talk-back radio, host-television and even computer platforms. However, since Nichols’ quasi-monopoly of key filmic terms, many have applied their own interpretation to this Mode. Claire Bishop and Patricia Zimmerman are exemplars of this.  Zimmerman’s work has been described as virtualpublicsocialhand-mademachine generatedcommunity focused and delivered in a staccato style… as if fired from a machine gun. This is kind of what we have been aiming to achieve in this class. For me, having spent days and nights with the homeless community, with the look to having them contribute to my project’s website, has allowed me to reveal the possibilities of audience guided content. Our class has encouraged an emersion into a new way of social interaction and human exposition”.

Here is what I produced for my final PB4 documentary…

Here are my true feelings about participatory practice….

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Here is the path that I’m on…

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Here… I am truly grateful for the support and encouragement from my peers but more so, the talented Kim Munro.  I should hope to see your creations in the halls of greatness and I trust that they will help me to confide in the notion that “Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were” (Carl Sagan).

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