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POV Spark launches interactive digital platform Public Update

POV Spark, PBS’s interactive strand for exploratory content, has launched Public Update, a digital platform for its volume of non-traditional non-fiction projects. As previously announced, POV Spark looks to make emerging technologies ...
May 8, 2020

POV Spark, PBS’s interactive strand for exploratory content, has launched Public Update, a digital platform for its volume of non-traditional non-fiction projects.

As previously announced, POV Spark looks to make emerging technologies and interactive projects accessible to audiences beyond expensive headsets and exclusive festivals.

POV Spark, the interactive arm of the long-running PBS strand, will use the platform to acquire and distribute works from independent experimental documentary creators.

The first volume of Public Update projects represent a range of formats and artist interventions, and also features works from several illustrators that plan to launch print zines and in-person events in the future.

“Public Update is our first foray in connecting the dots across a fragmented interactive ecosystem by giving voice and exposure to artistry and content and by expanding the concept of what interactivity is,” said Opeyemi Olukemi, executive producer of POV Spark, in a statement. “Despite the cataclysmic impact of COVID-19, we are choosing to build and we are strengthened by these creators who, despite our uncertain future, are creating new ways to interact.”

The first volume of Public Update will be freely accessible to U.S. audiences through via the American Documentary website.

All projects are listed below, with credits provided by PBS:

A Ritual of Habits (2018)
Rosalie Yu
Virtual Reality/Photogrammetry
Through photogrammetry, Yu explores meanings and associations of sugar and food.

Mercado (2018)
Lucia Hierro
Mixed Media
Mercado uses various artistic mediums as tools to tackle ideas of exclusion and privilege.

Reason to the Moon (2018)
Ng Sze Min
Sound
A look at how astronauts viewed Earth – no space travel required.

Fade Resistance (2016)
Zun Lee
Photography
Black visual self-documentation offers a counter-narrative to mainstream representation.

A Journey With a Camera in Five Movements (2018)
Kimi Maeda
Virtual Reality
A series of meditations on identity, culture and landscape made during travels between South Carolina and Japan.

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