Co-Creation and its Discontents at Skidmore College

This is a friendly reminder that the deadlines are approaching for Skidmore College’s John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative MDOCS Forum and the Storytellers’ Institute, two unique opportunities for scholars, community organizers, students, documentarians and non-fiction artists working in all mediums. Applications close December 15th.

Each year the MDOCS Storytellers’ Institute and MDOCS Forum convene non-fiction makers working in any medium around a central theme. These themes generate productive exchanges around the subjects taken on by non-fiction makers, as well as self-reflexive questioning of documentary practices. In 2015, the inaugural Institute explored FAMILY; subsequent themes have addressed what constitutes non-fiction with WALKING THE LINE BETWEEN FACT AND FICTION, delved into placemaking and de-colonization in documentary with SPACE AND PLACE, interrogated the shared and divergent practices between documentary and surveillance in SURVEIL/SURVEILLED, and playfully subverts the association of documentary with tragedy through HUMOR: LAUGHING WITH REALITY. Our sixth theme, Co-Creation and its Discontents grapples with the modality of collaborative practice. Find out more here: