“Psychogeography as Social Activism in Kat Cizek’s Highrise:The 1000th Tower and Out My Window

An academic essay written 2011, now available here:


“This research looks at the National Film Board of Canada’s multi-year, multi-platform interactive documentary project, Highrise/The 1000th Tower and Out My Window. This ongoing series of innovative documentaries is considered in terms of how emergent Web 2.0 technologies and platforms are providing new tools for documentary expression and for connecting with audiences as participatory content creators. The NFB Highrise project is also placed in historical context to an earlier NFB social change documentary project, Challenge for Change. By examining the methodologies of the contemporary award-winning projects, this research highlights the potential of web-based, interactive projects to support community agency and expression.”