Once upon a time we sat around the fire and told each other stories, now we can do it with computers. We call this Digital Storytelling. We don’t need a studio any more to make television. If we want, we can make it on the kitchen table. And this is or desire, for ours is a voice that needs to be heard.”
-Daniel Meadows, Creative Director, the BBC Cymru Wales Digital Storytelling project.
“Digital Storytelling” is an emerging term, one that arises from a grassroots movement that uses new digital tools to help ordinary people tell their own ‘true stories’ in a compelling and emotionally engaging form. These stories usually take the form of a relatively short story (less than 8 minutes) and can involve interactivity.
A new area of work for GZP is Digital Storytelling. This form, combining recorded narrative and visual images, is natural extension of our Popular Education techniques and media experience. It is being used in a wide variety of contexts from inner city youth through university students to seniors gathering oral history.
Don Bouzek will be participating in Digital Storytelling workshops organized at the University of Alberta by Dr. Jennifer Kelly as part of her project documenting racialized history in Alberta.