Volume 5

ISBN 978-1-86043-519-5

Volume 5 of Screenworks (2014) is edited by Dr Charlotte Crofts and associate editor, Dr Steve Presence, both based atthe University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol, with the support of the Digital Cultures Research Centre.

We are delighted to publish the third contribution to Volume 5, Sandra Lim’s “non-representative documentary” Underground. Filmed in London Underground / Westminster Station, Lim’s work explores everyday urban spaces in the wake of the terrorist bombings of July 2005, aiming to challenge dominant documentary and narrative representational forms. The work is structured in two halves. The first half presents hand-held apparently “unmediated” footage of a journey from one platform to another of Westminster Underground Station. In the second half, the footage is played backwards in slow motion with an especially composed score, interspersed with moments of silence. The sound track, which combines military tropes with epic descending and ascending chords, is edited in relation to the physical movements on screen, inviting us to relate to the footage anew in the context of its audio-visual treatment, thus drawing attention to its mediation.  The resultant experience is one which both draws attention to the documentary act and makes us alert to the heroics of the everyday. The work provoked a mixed response from the peer-reviewers both of whom had questions about how far the screenwork itself was able to live up to the claims of the research statement. This is a perennial issue for practice research and we publish the work here, together with the peer reviews and a rejoiner from the artist in the hope of making explicit the research process which so often remains hidden in traditional academic publication.

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Authors: Stuart Bender & Mick Broderick
Format: Documentary segment
Duration: 10′ 6″ extract of 18′ film

Excursion explores the poetics of violence and mediatised trauma in insitutional “rampage” shootings…
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Author: Sandra Lim
Format: Performative documentary
Duration: 19’ 19”

Underground is a performative documentary exploring the everyday spaces of the London Underground in the wake of terrorist attacks of 2005…
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Visual Ethnography of Amateur Video Makers

Author: John Hondros
Format: Website

A website that investigates amateur video producers’ use of the Internet as a video distribution technology…
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Bolton Storyworld

Author: Anna Zaluczkowska
Format: Transmedia
Duration : 90mins

A immersive transmedia thriller exploring unusual happenings at the University of Bolton, made in collaboration with students learning about transmedia…
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Supported by the Digital Cultures Research Centre at the University of the West of England, Bristol

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