Using photographs, text, audio, and film, audio-visual students from the small midwestern American town of Athens spotlight some of the city’s exceptional inhabitants and locations: the tattoo artist, the fashion doll, the banks of the Ohio River.
No, it’s not the Greek capital, but the small midwestern American town that is the focus of this collection of student projects.
Athens is the home of the Ohio University School of Visual Communication, which has been running the “Soul of Athens” study program since 2007. In the words of the prospectus, participating students make portraits that define “the vibrant and diverse community in and around Athens, Ohio.” Each year, the new harvest of projects is put online – a now much-anticipated event. This year, projects were split over five thematic editions, each being presented for two weeks: “Experience,” “Passage,” “Expression,” “Shelter” and “Thrive.” All 43 projects are now online.
Using photographs, text, audio, and the occasional film clip, the students spotlight some of the city’s exceptional inhabitants and locations: the tattoo artist, the fashion doll, the banks of the Ohio River. This year saw the integration of social media such as Facebook and Twitter, allowing visitors to enjoy Athens’ digital community as well. The site also offers interactive PDF files that summarize the five themes, a project mashup entitled Soul Mixer, and a blog on the making of the various projects.
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. more