[ISEA2017] Paper: Arnau Gifreu-Castells — Representing peace in Colombia through interactive and transmedia non-fiction narrative


Keywords: Non-Fiction, Interactive, Transmedia, Colombia, Peace Process, Documentary, Journalism, Education, Museums

Over the years the emergence of interactive digital communication has added new narrative structures to the audiovisual media ecosystem. Dividing this ecosystem into fictional and non- fictional narratives, the evolution of the representation of reality has led to a new area called “interactive non-fiction”. Colombia is an interesting example of the use of this new area for two main reasons: it is one of the South American countries that has invested most in the development of digital projects in recent years, and it is now in a historical moment in which it is deciding which direction peace could take. This article would like to promote debate and discussion on how producers and audience could benefit from the non-fiction interactive formats and genres to promote peace in Colombia in the forthcoming years. To explore the potential of certain narratives combining with interactive media and the peace process, we will focus on four main forms of non- fiction according to their importance and presence in the current media ecology: documentary, journalism, educational formats and museology.

  • Dr. Arnau Gifreu-Castells is a research affiliate at the Open Documentary Lab (MIT, USA) and part of the i-Docs group (University of the West of England), UK. He has published various books and articles in his research area, interactive and transmedia non-fiction, and specifically on interactive documentaries. He is a lecturer at ESCAC (University of Barcelona, Spain) and at ERAM (University of Girona, Spain). He coordinates interDocsBarcelona and collaborates with the Somos Documentales project from RTVE.ES (Spanish TV).

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