The last three weeks have been, well, a whirlwind of activity! Things haven't stopped, and although I've been filming and doing all kinds of work, one thing I haven't kept up on is this blog. I wanted to post some video and photos of my recent shoots, filming my dad combining and talking about the farm, but that will have to wait for later in this week. In the meantime, I'm editing a different project currently and preparing for The Documentary Show!
The Documentary Show, airing Tuesdays at 10am on SpiritLIVE, has been loads of fun so far although the beginning has been mostly me testing my technical skills. So far so good! I've also begun to reflect on the radio show (a.k.a - a live online show that becomes archived and turned into podcast) as it relates to the archive.
I've used the show as a platform for my musings on the documentation of my family for my thesis project. The weekly shows, which get archived, become a journal for me to view later. But these journals are different. While the topics are decided beforehand, I allow myself to talk freely about my project while on the air, and it's as if I'm talking to someone rather than merely filling up the empty studio up sound waves. This journal instantly becomes a public one, easily accessible by me or anyone else.
While I talk honestly about some of the issues that plague the making of my documentary thesis, I probably automatically omit personal details for the sake of the viewers. :D Although those personal details might be interesting in themselves. Isn't that what we love about documentary? When people reveal things about themselves, or allow us access to the most intimate details of their lives?
So then the show becomes a retrievable archive of my thesis reflections, of the other going-ons that were new and current as I went to air, which I will still find funny and interesting even if I retrieve them several years down the road. How will the meaning of this archive change as the years pass? What will it become, if not, simply, a time capsule of my 2009 self. Will it become something more, and if so, what? More research and thinking is to be done!