A program of short stories that would never have existed without the internet.
The importance of water and the problems associated with it in the Great Lakes. Examined in 23 distinctly themed sections, using text, image and sound.
The Great Lakes on the border of the United States and Canada contain 20% of the fresh water on the earth’s surface. They are currently undergoing rapid change, and not for the better.
As the introductory text for the Waterlife project points out, “Something’s not quite right with the water.” Worse than that, and as any visitor to Waterlife will quickly notice, something’s very wrong with the water indeed.
In distinctly themed sections, the site discusses water-related issues and the problems now threatening the Great Lakes. Each section starts with the words “Water is,” followed by subjects such as “Fishing,” “Pollution,” or “Responsibility.”
Although users are free to choose their own route through the information, there is a clear structure to the arrangement of the 23 elements comprising Waterlife: the site first emphasizes the importance of water in our lives and then explores current problems and potential counteractive measures.
IDFA DocLab is the New Media program of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Since 2007, the program showcases new forms of documentary storytelling and interactive media art, both online and offline. During the IDFA Festival in November, DocLab presents a competition program for Digital Documentary Storytelling, live cinema events, interactive installations, workshops and industry panels. The program is open to all media that can be used to tell a documentary story.