Documentary Spectacle is the name of my MA thesis and my photography project. Grounded in reality, The term is a hybrid, borrowing from several theories researched in my text.
Since we cannot reach the truth, understanding the scientific concept of truthlikeness (verisimilitude) helps to value approximate truth – a truthlike, simplified representation of reality produced by idealisation and abstraction. This method is similar to those used in arts and humanities.
The practices of documentary theatre show that facts and creativity may support each others in a play – research, observations, and interviews of the eye-witnesses are integral part of the creative process, thus filling the gap that media has left behind. A truthlike representation of an event is a result of polyphony.
Post-documentary photography is “a trace of a trace of an event.” It takes an ethical and moral approach to documentary, and considers that the picture should be a tableau hanging on a museum or a gallery wall. It tends to free itself from any additional context – while a picture does not lie, it’s label might do that.