28 May 2017

FEMBOT is your perfectly programmed girlfriend; hear her perform her role!

FEMBOT’ was broadcast on the excellent – and now sadly defunct – radio program Pocketdocs on ABC Radio National.

It was first produced for Third Coast Short Docs 2016 and featured in their Third Coast Picks selection.

Produced by Michelle Macklem, Katie Hill and Matthew Kariatsumari.


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29 December 2016

Mixtales was Katie Hill, Matthew Kariatsumari, Michelle Macklem and Dane Stewart. We founded our radio collective on the belief that the imaginative power of sound amplifies the connective potential of storytelling. To that end, we produced fiction and non-fiction audio stories that explore relationships, perception and technology.

We launched in early 2016 with our first piece, ‘Alex‘, airing on The Heart. Subsequently, ‘FEMBOT‘ aired on ABC Radio National.

Website: http://www.mixtales.org/

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Mixtales (left to right): Dane Stewart, Katie Hill, Matthew Kariatsumari, Michelle Macklem

I’ve been a regular contributor to CBC Spark. Here are some docs I’ve produced for the show. —

‘Reading by Ear’

Ever thought about the history of things like audio books? ‘Reading by Ear’ is a doc I produced for CBC Spark about the history of alternative reading formats – like Talking Books for the blind. I speak with Mara Mills, a professor from NYU, who is doing research on the history of Talking Books; and Shefeka Hashash, who used Talking Books as she was growing up. Talking Books have had a fascinating and forgotten history, especially in terms of how its related to the development of sound production technologies. Effects like Auto-Tune, for example, relate to the history of Talking Books.

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The Line Between Accessory and Assistive Technology

This segment explores how objects like glasses have transitioned from being associated with vision impairment to accessory for many people. And yet, other assistive technologies, like canes or hearing aids, haven’t made a similar transition. I examined how how labelling certain devices as assistive technologies, shapes our assumptions and treatment of the people who use them.

Why are glasses cool, but not hearing aids like this one, decorated with crystals? (Flickr cc/Soichi Yokoyama)

Analog is back in style – and this time, it’s the cassette tape making waves. Tapes sales are up by an astonishing amount in Canada. I set out to find out why they’re back on the rise. Who is listening? I produced this documentary about the cassette’s return for CBC Day 6, with an original score.

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