Documenting Environments: Technologies, Practices and Imaginaries

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Event Details

Date: 30 Nov 2018 – 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Venue: Monash University, Caulfield Campus, Building S, Room S901


Media, Film & Journalism

Conferences & Symposiums

Documenting Environments: Technologies, Practices and Imaginaries

Digital media technologies are increasingly finding new ways to document, interrogate and express the reality of environmental pasts, presents and futures. These include interactive documentary (i-Docs) and other “interactives,” but also webcams, data visualization, VR, and 3D visualisations. While not immediately considered as “documentary,” many of these technologies draw on traditions of fact-based storytelling, the veracity of visible evidence or the truth-telling potential of mediated information in ways that align them with the “documentary impulse” of traditional film and television. This colloquium brings together scholars and practitioners to ask how renewed attention to the question of the documentary endeavour might offer greater understanding of the relationship between media and environment in a time of ecological crisis, particularly the ways we imagine environmental futures. It will contribute to a dialogue across disciplines, specifically across Media, Film and Journalism and Monash Art, Design and Architecture. 


9:50am : Welcome


10am – 11am : Documenting Environments: Propositions and Provocations

  • Belinda Smaill: The Multispecies Media Sphere
  • James Oliver: Imagining with Documentary


11am – 11:30am : Morning Tea Break


11:30am – 12:30pm : New Modes of Living: Documenting the Spaces of Immersion

  • Dr Matthew Bird/Dr Tom Morgan/Charity Edwards

Experimental Urban Regeneration collaboration (via Critical Practices Research Lab, MADA), The Afterlives Of Cities

  • Leo Cappetto (TBC)

Architect & Educator (Chilean activist architectural collective Group TOMA), Never Discuss Politics At Home


12:30pm – 1:30pm : Lunch


1:30pm – 3pm : iDocs:  Industry, Practices, Collaborations and Impacts

  • Prof. Liz Miller 

         Concordia University, Montreal, Filmmaker and Scholar

  • Kylie Boltin

Commissioning Editor Online Documentaries at SBS Australia (Sydney)

  • Amie Batalibasi

Melbourne based independent filmmaker and media artist

*Amie’s VR work AEASI (“As far as the eye can see above the sea”) will be available to view during the breaks

3pm – 3:15pm : Afternoon Tea Break


3:15pm – 4pm : Discussion


* Lunch and other refreshments provided





Friday 30 Nov


10:00am – 04:00pm


Monash University
Room S901, Level 9
Building S
Caulfield Campus




For further information, please contact Belinda Smaill on


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