The poetics and politics of polyphony: towards a research method for interactive documentary

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Show simple item record Aston, Judith Odorico, Stefano 2018-11-13T11:30:26Z 2018-11-13T11:30:26Z 2018
dc.identifier.citation Aston, J. and Odorico, S. (2018) ‘The poetics and politics of polyphony: towards a research method for interactive documentary’, Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, 15, pp. 63-93. doi: 10.33178/alpha.15.05 en
dc.identifier.issued 15
dc.identifier.startpage 63
dc.identifier.endpage 93
dc.identifier.issn 2009-4078
dc.identifier.doi 10.33178/alpha.15.05
dc.description.abstract This article stems from a panel we jointly convened at the i-Docs 2018 Symposium, where we presented a series of provocations with a view to generating a new theoretical framework for i-docs. These provocations were inspired by all aspects of Mikhail Bakthin’s concept of polyphony, from both a theoretical and a practical point of view. This article presents these provocations and reflects further on them. A number of key issues are documented, expanded and commented upon, as a potential framework for further research, including multiplicity, the chronotope, dialogism and interaction. We propose that these lead to new ways of approaching complexity. With the aim of using juxtaposition, nonlinearity and layering to break down binaries, the article demonstrates how complexity can be embraced and, crucially, how the simplicity within it can be revealed. In other words, a key proposition here is that we should accept and celebrate complexity as the natural order of things, without needing to deny simplicity. By investigating several theoretical aspects of Bakthin’s wider idea of polyphony, this article identifies some areas for potential development and offers input for further research, particularly in relation to the concepts of heteroglossia, carnival and aesthetics en
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dc.subject Polyphony en
dc.subject I-docs en
dc.subject Complexity en
dc.subject Multiplicity en
dc.subject Heteroglossia en
dc.subject Carnival en
dc.subject Intertwingled en
dc.title The poetics and politics of polyphony: towards a research method for interactive documentary en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Stefano Odorico, Contemporary Screen Media, Leeds Trinity University en
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dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media en
dc.identifier.journalabbrev Alphaville

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