Participatory Content Creation and Collective Intelligence in Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas

By Alice Baroni.

Published by The Technology Collection

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This proposal combines ethnographic techniques and discourse studies to investigate a collective of people engaged with audiovisual productions who collaborate in Curta Favela’s workshops in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. ‘Favela’ is often translated simply as ‘slum’ or ‘shantytown’, but these terms connote negative characteristics such as shortage, poverty, and deprivation which end up stigmatizing these low income suburbs. Curta Favela (Favela Shorts) is an independent project in which all participants join to use photography and participatory audiovisual production as tools for social change and to raise consciousness.
As cameras are not affordable for favela dwellers, Curta Favela’s volunteers teach favela residents how they can use their mobile phones and compact cameras to take pictures and make movies, and afterwards, how they can edit the data using free editing video software programs and publish it on the Internet. To record audio, they use their mp3 or mobile phones. The main aim of this study is to shed light not only on how this project operates, but also to highlight how collective intelligence can be used as a way of fighting against a lack of basic resources.

Keywords: Participatory Content Creation, Collective Intelligence, Audiovisual Production, Photography, Empowerment, Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp.135-144. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 4.328MB).

Alice Baroni

PhD Candidate, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

I am currently undertaking a Ph.D at the Queensland University of Technology, exploring (photo) journalism, participatory content creation, and community media photography in Brazil’s favelas. I am part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI), and a Brazilian research group: Language, Narratives, and Cultural and Journalistic Processes.


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