Designing structural participation in an interactive film on mental health

Simona Manni*, Marian Ursu, John Gray, Migle Markeviciute, Andrew Walter, Jonathan David Hook

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The practice of interactive documentary can provide participatory opportunities thanks to its capacity for making space for audiences to leave their marks in a film. However, participants’ inclusion has often been limited to an a-posteriori contribution of materials rather than a structural involvement in the film design. What happens when we treat participants as authors and let them imagine and design their own interactive film? This paper explores how design processes from participatory filmmaking can be adapted to achieve this goal by presenting the design process that led to the production of an interactive participatory film on mental health, Stepping Through Interactive. Five participants with lived experience of mental health problems explored, designed, and produced a non-linear film form to effectively represent their personal accounts of mental health. We review the challenges faced and the strategies deployed in the design process in view of supporting similar forms of production in other contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ACM CHI '23 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Number of pages13
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 31 Jan 2023
EventACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2023 - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 23 Apr 202328 Apr 2023


ConferenceACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2023

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