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_A Journal of Insomnia

While insomnia is usually a solitary affliction, interactive documentary “A Journal of Insomnia” uses the web to create a community of insomniacs.

2013 Hugues Sweeney
EN,FR Visit the project

“Dealing with insomnia is inherently solitary, but the Internet allows it to be about connection.”

Hugues Sweeney, Producer, in PBS POV Blog

A Journal of Insomnia lets its audience experience sleeplessness, if only for one night. The interactive documentary requires that visitors make a nighttime appointment to explore the site. Limited functionality is available during waking hours, but between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m., A Journal of Insomnia comes alive with the confessionals of more than 2,000 insomniacs. Website visitors experience a sleepless night alongside one of four protagonists—all insomniacs—who share stories of their experiences with the disease.

A Journal of Insomnia is a product of crowdsourcing. Insomniacs responded to targeted Internet advertisements by submitting stories, imagery, and webcam videos to a National Film Board of Canada website. During the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival Storyscapes exhibition, the A Journal of Insomnia team continued to explore the project’s participatory dimensions by creating an interactive installation where visitors were prompted to record remembrances about their own experiences with insomnia.

Project at a Glance :

Language : EN,FR
Country : Canada
Year : 2013
Author : Hugues Sweeney
Producer : National Film Board of Canada
Team : Akufen,Bruno Choinière,Guillaume Braun,Philippe Lambert,Thubaut Duverneix
Funders AND Incubators : National Film Board of Canada
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