NInA Beta Version Festival | Digital stories
Curators: Anna Desponds and Agnieszka Słodownik
In this section, we present new avenues of storytelling which have opened up to audiovisual authors due to the development of digital media.
Traditional media such as radio, newspapers, and TV, are migrating into the web. People listen to music on their computers, and get news about the world from social media sites. TV shows become hits not because of cable subscriptions, but thanks to fans who often download them illegally.
On the Internet text, images, and sound enjoy a new life – they can interlock and interact, spawning non-linear stories that span various media. And we’re not just dealing with new types of crafting stories, there are also about new types of spectation - called experiences – which are personalized and individual. The spectator – always in possession of a mobile device equipped with a camera, an audio recorder, and Internet access – becomes their co-author.
Alongside the development of new formats, there is also a search underway for language that will allow us to precisely define them. Hybrid browser-based works are called cross- or trans-media. Documentary forms are webdocs or i-docs. Sometimes it’s difficult to find a precise description – interactive and immersive are merely catch-all terms which signal that we are talking about these new phenomena.
But neither immersive nor interactive are new ideas. Authors and audiences have always strived to immerse themselves in the story, and plot modifications influenced by audiences – in traditional cultures for example – were treated as supplements to linear narratives. Currently, in the aftermath of the 20th century’s centralization of media, we are going back to a community-based, grassroots, local type of storytelling.
– Anna Desponds
Curators: Iwona Kurz i Katarzyna Tórz
In the modern world, archives have undergone a peculiar metamorphosis and are still in the process of change. Archives are becoming increasingly immaterial in nature−boxes, cabinets, and index cars have been replaced by petabytes of data stored on server farms, or even simple text, image, and sound files, placed in special folders on our hard drives.
Are those new archives still a foundation for narratives? What are the practices of this new storytelling? Do our new narratives bear any resemblance to the stories we used to tell? How do we handle storage of individual elements in these new archives? What emotions do these new memory repositories elicit? What sort of emotions do they preserve? Does their digital nature preclude sensual engagement or just changes its form−let’s take a closer look at bodies hooked up to computers; at the increasingly prominent role of the thumb in media consumption; the gentle hum and pervasive chill of the server farms; the warmth given off by batteries and chargers.
The new NInA offices are an excellent venue for questions like these. It has its own history, recorded on permanent media, and its present is directly shaped by practices, including archival practices, of its neighbors, but primarily by its role as the digital archive of Polish culture−the mundane is linked with the artistic; the contemporary overlaps with past sentiments, some of the latter still stirring. On one hand, we want to examine digital repositories, their organization, the way we access them, their potential influence on their patrons, and on the other−we want to reflect on the effect the digitization of individual and collective archives has had on our thinking, our practices, our relationship to others and the behaviors of our bodies, our identities, emotions, and senses. These issues will feature in both the academic discussions as well as practical exercises planned for this section.
– Iwona Kurz
Here and Now
Curator: Marta Wójcicka
NInA is an institution that combines online and offline cultures. That which is virtual and available 24/7 starts mingling with that which is here and now – in our modernized, newly re-opened headquarters. That is why during the first edition of our festival, we want to introduce ourselves – our actions, our space, and our team – and get to know our neighbours and audiences in an informal setting. We invite you to a neighbourly breakfast, where we will all find out what Służew residents like to start their day with. We’d also like you to come to our NInAwarming party – an open day during which each of our departments will share its know-how and talk you about their day-to-day work. You should also check out the “Social Museum” exhibition containing a collection of personal archives from our closest neighbours, and come to a concert by the crazy big band 3245kg Orchestra.