Frame shots from the Insideout seminar stories
The aims of this introductory seminar are multifaceted.
Firstly, by providing examples of our previous installations, we intend
to expose the attendees to the unique creative opportunities made available
by coupling mobile technologies and audiovisual media. Secondly, we will
highlight the fact that hands-on research and interaction with the community
are an indispensable way to discover a place and its culture. We strongly
believe that only through this deeply experiential process are film-makers
able to conceive and realise audiovisual stories that really belong to
a specific area, and meaningfully represent its community and atmosphere.
We will provide details of techniques we have used to achieve such immersion.
Stories are a powerful tool for communication as well as interpretation.
Selecting the Baarsjes neighbourhood as the focus of the seminar allows
us to encourage the attendees to adopt a narrative approach that involves
socially significant critical elements. For example, we will discuss how
to develop stories that contrast the stereotyped image of the Baarsjes
presented by the main stream media with the experiences outsiders (such
as the workshop attendees) might gain during a short term visit. It is
our intent to show how intelligent story-telling can highlight the discrepancies
between broad, widely held opinions and the more complex, nuanced, multi-faceted
reflections that more accurately characterise real situations.
The final goal of the project this seminar inaugurates is the production
of audiovisual stories designed to be seen by a mobile audience in the
sites in which they are set. With this in mind, we will stress that each
story should be produced for (and relevant to) a specific Baarsjse location.
They should not only be set in such a location, but also be intended to
be viewed there. This unique context offers both novel creative opportunities
and practical limitations. We will provide insights on how to script and
create effective stories for such a system. Finally, we will highlight
that at the end of the seminar series, we will provide a mobile platform
onto which the attendees can upload their stories, and then view them
out and about, in the real environment of the Baarsjse. We anticipate
the availability of this novel experience will act to motivate the attendees.