Radio National (Artworks program) today had a story about an interesting form of theatre called Verbatim Headphone Theatre. The Artworks webpage about the story says:
“Stories of Love and Hate uses a technique called Headphone Verbatim Theatre, which was begun by the London based Non-Fiction Theatre in 2000 and is pioneered in Australia by the theatre director, Roslyn Oades.
It’s a technique where actors use headphones to listen to interviews and repeat what they hear. It gives the final theatrical experience a certain immediacy and connects the production closely to the community from which the interviews are taken — they go to the show to hear their own voice.”
Its a method that uses real peoples stories and own words in a fictionalised form – providing some anonymity and distance from the intimacy of real peoples experiences, yet maintaining an integrity of peoples own words. I am interested in forms of non-fiction that use creative methods to enhance, protect, or explore the meanings and implications of real life stories.
Click here to go to the ABC site where you can listen to the full program (well worth doing as its all about the voices, words and ways of speaking).
Community Prophets has been getting a lot of press this month for their Voices from the Cape project, which worked with children in the Arukun community in Cape York Queensland in a participatory video, animation and music project in 2008. Continue reading →
So I’ve set up this blog in aid of my PhD research. In all honesty I started blogging at the encouragement of one of my supervisors. I have also come to think that this blog may be a useful method for all my supervisors, friends, colleagues and family members to keep track, should you choose to read regularly, on what I am doing and thinking while I do this project.
The best function of this blog is, potentially, as a point of contact between the various practitioners and projects that I am connecting with in my work, and maybe even some I don’t know about yet. I really hope to hear from others who are interested in similar things, to provoke discussion and to share some images, stories, experiences and reflections. Over time I hope to build up an online curated exhibition of works from a cross section of collaborative art and ethnographic projects around the world. Lets see if we can make this happen….
In starting to blog in earnest I want to declare two things:
I have spent WAY too much time learning about wordpress and fiddling with aesthetics etc… it is a distraction from the core of my interests, so please excuse any aesthetic discomfort my choices, past and future, cause you.
I am uncomfortable about blogging, it being a weirdly public and potentially self indulgent past time, but chosing to do it to keep you all informed and to see if I get some dialogue going… its an experiment, lets see…
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Around the world, in communities large and small, are people working on projects to tell local stories, document their people, crafts, events, places, histories, dreams, memories, struggles, myths…
In recent years we have seen an explosion of ways in which people are working together to creatively tell their own stories – participatory photography, collaborative film making, community writing, digital story telling. People come together in circles – under trees, in corner stores, studios, living rooms, classrooms – some hi-tech, some makeshift – and share their stories. Inspired, they pick up cameras, art materials, pens and pencils, recording equipment, note books, and start recording. Fragments of stories emerge at first, but over time narratives take shape, and are put out in the world in one form or another.
Why are people all over the world increasingly using creative methods to collaboratively tell local stories? Who are they communicating with? What kinds of stories are being told and how are they told? What experiences, possibilities and constraints do people experience when they work together making art works and creative expressions about their own communities, lives, cultures, perceptions? Continue reading →
PRACTICES IN COLLABORATIVE ETHNOGRAPHY THROUGH ART