Identibuzz’ dynamics, based on the participatory video, are essentially practical. They are of a social and community nature, where what matters is that a group of people – not directly connected with the making of the production – get together, have something to say and want to use this audio-visual tool to convey their message.
The identibuzzing plan of work that we use is structured around crash training courses for citizens, and based on horizontal audio-visual communication and concepts such as citizen-journalism and Web 2.0.
The crash training courses for citizens analyse documentary and audio-visual techniques and strategies applied to new communication technologies, and a dialogue is started up on discourse mechanisms and tools for creating digital narratives.
These courses suggest dynamics and structures for analysing the immediate surroundings through mind-maps that help bring the context into focus. These dynamics also provide techniques for making recordings and conducting interviews using mobile phones as documentary recording tools.
In the days following the crash courses the project participants, organized in groups, map the territories seeking out interviews, actions and activities that will explain the context to be documented.
Organizing the project around the making of participatory videos makes it possible to show what it is like to be inside the communities looking out, through real-life dynamics. The participatory video is an opportunity to bring together various cultural identities present in the neighbourhoods and put them in touch with one another so as to create new social relationships of an intercultural nature.
An example of the production process in Mouraria and San Francisco
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