INTIMATE CONNECTIVITIES: local dynamic networks in the Big Stories, Small Towns transmedia documentary

Potter, Martin 2021, INTIMATE CONNECTIVITIES: local dynamic networks in the Big Stories, Small Towns transmedia documentary. In Lam, Celia and Gilardi, Filippo (ed), Transmedia in Asia and the Pacific : Industry, Practice and Transcultural Dialogues, Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore, pp.1-40.

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Title INTIMATE CONNECTIVITIES: local dynamic networks in the Big Stories, Small Towns transmedia documentary
Author(s) Potter, MartinORCID iD for Potter, Martin orcid.org/0000-0002-1681-6341
Title of book Transmedia in Asia and the Pacific : Industry, Practice and Transcultural Dialogues
Editor(s) Lam, Celia
Gilardi, Filippo
Publication date 2021
Series Palgrave Series in Asia and Pacific Studies
Start page 1
End page 40
Total pages 40
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Place of Publication Singapore
Summary Since 2008 the multi-year, multi-platform Big Stories, Small Towns documentary project (bigstories.com.au) has facilitated the telling, recording, archiving and dissemination of auto/biographical narratives in small town communities across six countries through face to face engagement of filmmakers with local people. The resulting works that emerge from the project explore the means by which communities can collaboratively mediatize everyday life. Big Stories, Small Towns investigates the potential for transmedia as both process and product that can amplify marginalized cultures and foster a sense of community or collective identity. This chapter reflects on a history of practice and theory underpinning transmedia production in the Big Stories project. The chapter explores co-creative processes across three of the South East Asian residencies that worked with Indigenous communities in preserving intangible cultural heritage and addressing of mainstream media. The sites are Banlung in Cambodia, Bongkud-Namaus in Sabah, Malaysia and the Raja Ampat regency in West Papua. In each setting traditional stories of everyday life in communities were re-mediated through the process of conceiving of, creating and sharing transmedia works, generating new and creative outcomes that include: methodologies and understandings of local cultures, language and history; and ways of effectively disseminating under-represented Indigenous culture, language and history. Big Stories uses transmedia to document these multi-layered communities and explore complex relations between people, social backgrounds, technology and place. This shifts attention from individual stories towards practices of collective identification and action, creating acts of transmedia storymaking which offer a model of positive deviance that empowers individuals and communities to reject ‘deficit discourses’ that marginalise them and their ways of life.
Notes Book DOI : 10.1007/978-981-15-7857-1
ISBN 978-981-15-7856-4
Edition 1st
Language eng
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 190205 Interactive Media
200103 International and Development Communication
200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
1902 Film, Television and Digital Media
2001 Communication and Media Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
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