The Halfeti Project: Imagining Interactive Documentary

Brogan Bunt, Chair of Multimedia, Murdoch University
Pubtalk presentation for Thursday August 30 2001


There is really no such thing as interactive documentary, certainly not as a clearly delineated genre. There are only experiments - diverse attempts to chart a relation between traditional motions of documentary and the possibilities associated with digital media. This presentation begins by trying to clarify some of the theoretical issues involved in envisaging interactive documentary. It then moves on to consider aesthetic issues arising from the production of a recent experimental work - Halfeti, a CD-Rom that enables the user to explore a small south-eastern Turkish town on the eve of its partial submersion beneath the waters of a large hydro-electric project.

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