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European Center for Digital Storytelling

After some month of hard work with Digital Storytelling here in Copenhagen something is now happening and here are some good news.

In the end of may there will be a videoconference meeting in Copenhagen where Joe Lambert from the Storycenter in Berkeley invites colleagues, storytellers, and organizations to dicuss the potential of developing the first European Storytellingcenter based in Copenhagen.
The vision is first to start the institution of ongoing Digital Storytelling public workshops in Europe. Joe describes the vision here:

“The Center for Digital Storytelling has had an intention to develop a permanent European presence for the last six years. The success of the BBC Wales program, follow-up successes of other projects in other parts of the U.K., the Netherlands, and Sweden (most recently the successful project started with Delta Garden in the Smaaland region), and a long standing interest among dozens of individuals across Europe, has suggested that an independent organization could be sustained on a European wide basis.

At the meeting the discussion will also address mechanisms for marketing digital storytelling history
of work in Europe, and seeking customized clients in the E.U.

If anyone wants to be a part of this interesting project or know about funding, or other regional funding to
support this effort you are more than welcome to participate or contact us.

Joe Lambert is the Founding Director of the Center for Digital Storytelling (CDS). Joe founded CDS in 1994 together with Dana Atchley.

Udgivet 17. marts 2008 af nikoline

No. 3: Capture Wales and We Shall Remain

How can a digital storytelling project be formed? In this series we present projects from around the world to give you inspiration to your work with digital storytelling.

Several projects about digital storytelling have evolved since Joe Lambert and Dana Atchley first came up with the idea of making workshops with digital stories in 1993.

Capture Wales is a broadcasting project, which can be said to bring new standards to the relationship between television audience and distributors. In the Capture Wales project digital stories are created by the audience and broadcasted by the BBC Wales.
The idea of the project is mainly to show the richness of life in Wales through stories made by the people of Wales (bbc.co.uk) and thereby reinforces the community of Wales.

The team behind the Capture Wales project runs monthly workshops around Wales, working with members of the public in order to help them create their own digital stories. The workshops are thought on the principals from the Center for Digital Storytelling in California. The contributors produce their own material, as well as edit it, and can get assistance with the creation process from the project team.

The Capture Wales project was the first digital storytelling project of its kind and can be said to have been the catalyst for the digital storytelling movement’s development inside broadcast television. The photographer and PhD Daniel Meadows started it up in 2001, after seeing the digital stories by Dana Atchley. Meadows is considered to be one of the founders of digital storytelling together with Dana Atchley and Joe Lambert.

Meadows express the ideology behind the Capture Wales project as follows:

“For television-as-we-know-it ‘acts passively upon individuals’. What Digital Storytelling does is open up the possibility that individuals can turn the television experience around, become its ‘active master’”. (Meadows, 2003)

In other words, the Capture Wales project is returning the voice of the people back to them (Meadows, 2003).

Projects like Capture Wales have become more common. Recently, The Citizen Storyteller Project “We shall remain” was launched in the United States. The project is giving a voice and tools to the Native Americans to record and tell their stories. 200 Native Americans across the country have been provided with the latest cell phone technology to produce their own two-minute video stories. The collection of digital stories will be broadcasted as part of a primetime television series in 2009.

The difference in this project is the use of the technology and the level of involvement from the television companies. In the Capture Wales project the digital stories are produced during workshops on the spot held by employees at BBC Wales. In the We Shall Remain project the Native Americans have the access to the technology over a longer period of time due to the use of cell phones. However they are not in charge of what context their recordings will be shown in.

In both examples the television companies say they work towards a reinforcement of a community and preservation of stories. The Capture Wales project is working to bring the media back to the people, and in this case they follow the spirit of the movement: to give the man on the street a voice. However, one must remember that companies that are permeated by a financial agenda claim this. Actually not all the stories are to be shown on BBC Wales, only a few elected.

Compared to the goals of the digital storytelling movement, as described by Joe Lambert, there are challenges within the use of digital storytelling in the television industry, due to the sorting of the stories. On the other hand, the use of television can increase the audience of the personal stories and encourage more people to share their stories.

To read more about the Capture Wales project, please visit www.bbc.co.uk/tellinglives

To read more about the We Shall Remain project, please visit www.pbs.org

Udgivet 18. februar 2008 af nikoline

No. 1: Father of Digital Stories: Center for Digital Storytelling

How can a digital storytelling project be formed? In this series we present projects from around the world to give you inspiration to your work with digital storytelling.

Center for Digital Storytelling is the most important institution in the movement and practice of digital storytelling. Center for Digital Storytelling is to where it all started.

In 1994 the media producer and artist Dana Atchley, had developed NEXT EXIT, a multimedia autobiography. In his work he met the local theater producer/dramatic consultant Joe Lambert. Joe Lambert and Dana Atchley soon found out that they had a common interest in storytelling and media use. When they met Nina

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Mullen the Center of Digital Storytelling was born. The Center was built around a unique training process, the Digital Storytelling Workshop.

The Center for Digital Storytelling became to be the primary institution associated with digital storytelling.

The center offers workshop all over the United States and beyond in the process of creating digital stories as well how to teach the process of making digital stories, involving media professionals, teachers, students and any other people with interest in telling their stories.

Usually it is a three-day intensive workshop, which offers an introduction to working with digital imaging and digital video software. Students craft and record first-person narratives and collect still images and music to illustrate their pieces. In managing the software tools they get help from computer tutorials, which enable them, with teacher support, to edit their own stories. At the end of the workshop each student presents a personal 3-5 minutes digital story (Storycenter.org).

After 14 years of practice, the knowledge gained from these workshops is available in a so-called ‘Cookbook’. ‘The Digital Storytelling Cookbook’ is a practical guide in how to make digital stories and is considered to be the bible in the field of digital storytelling.

The model practiced at Center for Digital Storytelling is referred to worldwide as the Californian model.

To read more about the center, please visit www.storycenter.org

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The beginning of digital storytelling

”Cultural anthropologist Gregory Bateson was asked in the 1950s if he believed that computer artificial intelligence was possible. He responded that he did not know, but that he believed when you would ask a computer a yes-or-no question and it responded with “that reminds me of a story” you would be close.” (Lambert, 2002:21)

As long as humans have existed on this earth we have used whatever medium we have had available to share our stories, from the gatherings around the bonfire to papyrus to the digital media of today. Without going into detail, I will state that storytelling is to be seen as the core of human activity and the creation of narratives always has been the most significant symbol of humans’ way of communicating, such as Bateson emphasized in the quote above (further readings; Aristotle’s Poetics, Roger Schank 1990). In other words, as humans we have a need to express ourselves, and we tend to do that through stories.

Nowadays the digital media facilitate a variety of modalities, through which anyone with the appropriate computer skills can tell his or her story. It is in this area that digital storytelling operates. Digital storytelling as a method and a movement gives people a voice through the use of computer tools (Lambert, 2002) or as one of the founders of the digital storytelling movement Daniel Meadows precisely express it:

“Digital Stories are short, personal, multimedia tales, told from the heart. Anyone can make them and publish them on screens anywhere.”(Meadows, 2001)

So Digital Storytelling is about sharing stores and build a better world… is that all, I keep wonder? My intuition tells me no. I have to found out, what it is good for?

/Anne Hvejsel

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