Interactive documentary as research method (Workshop) – 03.05.2017:

All the workshop’s contributions (please see videos below) set up a fertile ground for the closing round table – chaired and moderated by Stefano Odorico (University of Bremen), Graham Roberts (Leeds Trinity) and Winfried Pauleit (University of Bremen). In this discussion, participants and audience touched upon the main points made as to i-docs as research methods – and as to research methods to approach i-docs. Several fields for future research had been identified:

  • Probing more deeply into the role of audio in interactive documentary.
  • Fathoming the potential of 360° and VR for convening documentary experiences and presenting research output.
  • Differentiating further between various forms and modes of user interaction and engagement, openness of the work and need for curational instances.
  • Developing a ‘new pedagogy’ to enhance new forms of ‘new’ literacy.
  • Transcending disciplinary and professional boundaries.
  • Exploiting the creative momentum when the sciences and the arts are coming together.
  • Embracing complexity without becoming over-complicated.
  • Reflecting the dichotomy researcher/partitioner.


There are still many questions to be asked (and at least pluri-vocally answered), and there are lots of issues to be tackled. However, as the discussions have proved – we are also standing at a thrilling point in media history – and so we may be looking forward to further explorations of the epistemological and ontological dimensions of interactive documentary.


Videos (all the sessions where live streamed on this website):


Ersan Ocak  and Anna Wiehl –

Judith Aston  and Florian Mundhenke

Arnau Gifreu Castells  and Nick Higgings –

Julian Konczak  and Cahal McLaughlin –

Paolo Favero –

Workshop’s report published in

I-docs as Research Method – Recap from the Bremen interactive documentary workshop

Workshop’s report in Spanish published in