Here and There
Here and There explores the experiences of Vietnamese refugees and immigrants through community generated digital media. This content, alongside other supporting media, is housed on a highly designed and interactive web platform, appealing to tech and culture savvy users.
The community content is created by the older generation (community participant) with their younger relative (community facilitator) facilitating the filmmaking process and the production of the final product. The community facilitator will attend a week-long training session to prepare them for the filmmaking process with the community participant.
Over the past few years, I have worked in Vietnam with various Vietnamese marginalised communities, helping them to create films about their lives and the struggles they face, using the digital storytelling method. I have come to know this as a very powerful tool and using this method will help to shape the story from two different perspectives to create a unique story in the community participant’s own voice.
Other media is created alongside the main DST stories. Since the DST method is quite intense, there is always additional content that never makes it into the film. This content will be housed on the website using various other methodologies, such as one-on-one interviews, audio stories, journals, photographs, etc.
Upon completion of the website, the content is turned into an interactive art exhibit that can be taken on the road. Some ideas in development are: Choose Your Own Adventure format; Virtual Reality; Website Exploration; Mobile Audio Recording Room.
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