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[ecrea] CFP: IJFMA vol. 1 no. 2, New Forms / Apparatus of Documentary: Interactivity and Fine Art

Tue Oct 13 12:04:08 GMT 2015

The International Journal of Film and Media Arts
( <>)is an online
semiannual publication focusing on all areas of film and media arts
research and critique, namely animation, television, media arts, video
games, fine arts, sound and their varied social and cultural forms of
expression and materialization.

The IJFMA is accepting submissions of full papers, book reviews and
curatorial articles for its second issue, to be published in the Spring
of 2016, on the general theme of new forms of documentary.

Call for papers: vol. 1, no. 2

The second number of the International Journal of Film and Media Arts is
dedicated to New Forms / Apparatus of Documentary: Interactivity and
Fine Art. Its purpose is to reflect on the emergence of two new
documentary languages – the webdocumentary and the documentary as a
video/film installation.

The notion of documentary film has expanded since new forms of
narratives have been developing along with digital media. We need to
rethink the relation film/screen/viewer, in the contemporary era of
documentary narrative.

Documentary festivals increasingly include sections for trans/cross
interactive media works, e.g., IDFA DocLab in Amsterdam or FIDLab in
Marseilles. Interactive documentaries like Alma, A Tale of
Violence(2012) or Prison Valley(2010) have proved that webdocumentary
has its own languages and aesthetic qualities. We must also question
whether the webdocumentary terminology includes too many subgenres (from
IDOC to Cross Platform) and if the designation interface-film, proposed
by Marida Di Crosta (2009), is accurate.

Alongside the rise of webdocumentary, documentaries are increasingly
exhibited in galleries, museums and spaces suited for the Fine Arts
(Païni, 2002). On the one hand, there are artists who are interested in
the documentary (Harun Farocki, Anri Sala, Ursula Biemann) and on the
other hand there are many documentary filmmakers who present or
transpose their work to video installations (Wang Bing, Bill Morrison,
Avi Mograbi, Pedro Costa, Susana de Sousa Dias and others). They are
part of the recent category "Exposed Cinema".

In both webdocumentary and exposed cinema, documentary integrates
multimedia as video, photography, graphic design, animation and 3D.

It is now essential to rethink cinematic experience in its practice and
in its perception because documentary works are often transversal and
multiform. However, Raymond Bellour (2014) said that film can not be
fragmented, neither in its presentation, nor in its perception. Is this
argument legitimate, since the objectsturn out to be different?

Can we consider that the nature of documentary is not the same?

Can we separate the documentary film from webdocumentary or from
documentary as video installation when it comes to practice (in the act
of creation) or to perception (passive or (inter)active)?

Are the artists who use documentary as artistic media the new


The IJFMA is accepting papers that reflect on documentary as
webdocumentary and documentary as film/video installation; analyses of a
particular work; and testimonies or interviews with directors who work
in this genre or use this language.

Curatorial section

The curatorial section provides researchers and artists with open,
experimental and creative presentation tools of media arts' research and
provides readers with interactive research experiences. It combines
inter-media modes of display using multiple text design mixed with
image, motion and sound linking solutions. Contributions regarding
international / Portuguese webdocumentary and documentary as video
installation are welcome.


Manuel José Damásio (ECATI, ULHT)

Paulo Viveiros (ECATI, ULHT)

Guest Editor: Inês Gil (ECATI, ULHT)

Publication schedule

Call for papers: 15 September to *15 December 2015*.

Communication of decision to authors: 15 February

Publication: *May 2016*

Early submission is encouraged.

Please refer to Author Guidelines

the Call for papers

for further information or visit

Other inquiries should be sent to (ijfma /at/
<mailto:(ijfma /at/>.

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