One phenomenon in the emerging field of digital documentary are experiments with rhizomatic interfaces and database-logics to bring audio-visual archives 'alive'. A paradigm hereof is Filming Revolution (2015), an interactive platform which gathers and interlinks films of the uprisings in Egypt (2011), contextualized with reflections of the filmmakers themselves. The non-hierarchical interface enables both associative floating and thematic search. Contrary to linear documentaries or 'formal' audio-visual archives, Filming Revolution does not force any mono-causal structure on the material. It allows exploring the relatedness of issues; it becomes 'alive' as a 'tool-for-thought' and as a meta-documentary fathoming the potential of database-documentary.

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Keywords interactive documentary, audio-visual archives, interface design, database documentary, networks
Publisher Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
Journal VIEW Journal
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Note VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture; Vol 5, No 10 (2016): Non-fiction Transmedia
Wiehl, Anna. (2016). Knitting Relational Documentary Networks: The Database Meta-Documentary Filming Revolution as a paradigm of bringing interactive audio-visual archives alive. VIEW Journal, 5(10).