Steven Stergar

5B Transcoding Storytelling/2
Session 5 – July 3, 11:00 – 13:00

Reframing the Cinematic Images by New Forms of Digital Storytelling

Nowadays, its undeniable to say that many forms of narratives and storytelling are emerging thanks
to the so-called new media that we use daily. Despite the obvious anachronism in trying to differentiate what is new from what is old (Manovich, 2001), it is this continuous hybridization of languages between media that strikes our attention, favored furthermore by forms of relocation (Casetti) capable of affirming their existence in user-friendly tools. Indeed, the digital revolution and the phenomenon of Web 2.0 (O’Reilly, 2004) have made possible the development of daily forms of capillary representations that have not just provided, but also increased the possibilities of telling ourselves and what surround us. Some platforms, for instance, by allowing viewers – now became users – to generate micro-narrations shared in real time between subjects, contribute to drawing a new linguistic framework strongly conditioned by previous audiovisual languages. Therefore, hybridization with these already known forms of storytelling leads to new possible cinematographic images today ascribable to an idea of postmodernism , providing us to reflect on current aspects of
authorship, hypertextuality and space-time dissemination of media objects and languages. The paper arises as a reflection of these aspects starting from the contemporary example provided by
Roman National (Beil, 2018), a film entirely developed by a careful selection of contents taken from Periscope, a social network based on live-streaming video by individual users with whom it is
possible to interact via chat. The Beil’s work seems to be the perfect object in order to analyze these mentioned phenomena, as a result of reflection itself to use narratives and storytelling as methods to investigate identities and the contemporary images themselves


Steven Stergar was born in 1993, in Italy. He’s a post Master’s degree in Science of Audiovisual Heritage and New Media at the University of Udine, discussing a thesis on the phenomenological and methodological potentialities of Media Education in both formal and informal fields (supervisors Professor Mariapia Comand and Professor Simone Venturini). He studied also at the Ruhr Universität Bochum for a while, attending courses and presentations about media studies. He works in the Humanities Department as a tutor and an assistant for the realization of Media Education and Storytelling projects, and their spreadable among the communities. Since 2019, he’s member of the scientific committee of Association Premio Sergio Amidei, as a researcher and promoter of independent Italian cinema. In the same year he started to work as a volunteer within the Gorizia prison, following educational projects. Since 2017, he’s curator of exhibitions and sociocultural events at the local level.