Authentic voices: the artistic and ethical consequences of using documentary in multimedia performance

December 07.2017

Initiator: Katharina Smets

Journalism claims to tell the truth, while factuality alone does not define documentary art. “It is what the artist does with those factual elements, artfully weaving them into an overall narrative that is often greater than the sum of its parts.” (Sheila Curran Bernard, Author of Documentary Storytelling).

Is trueness influenced or compromised when used in documentary art forms, manipulated by the medium in which the stories are presented?

During the seminar "Authentic Voices", the participating artists are asked about the artistic and ethical choices they are confronted with when working with documentary material. How far can you go in manipulating non-fiction material for aesthetic purposes? Does the medium change the content? Does it affect the narrative point and influence the perception?

(Photo Ingrid Leonard)

Contributions by

  • Duncan Speakman (composer and director of the artists collective Circumstance)
  • Rikke Houd (Danish independent radio producer and sound artist)
  • Bart Baele and/or Yves Degryse (Belgian theatre company Berlin)
  • Katharina Smets (artist and PhD student in audio narrative, UAntwerp and Artesis)
  • and others

Venue: Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, foyer Blauwe zaal

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