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Welcome to the MIT Open Documentary Lab

The OpenDocLab brings technologists, storytellers, and scholars together to advance the new arts of documentary.
Registration now open for our conference [May 6th and 7th]

Registration now open for our conference [May 6th and 7th]

MIT’s Open Documentary Lab, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Phi Centre are hosting a conference and exhibit, Virtually There: Documentary Meets Virtual Reality, on May 6th and May 7th, 2016....
COME/IN/DOC - Documentary series launch on Open Doclab's website!

COME/IN/DOC – Documentary series launch on Open Doclab’s website!

  COME/IN/DOC – Collaborative Meta Interactive Documentary – is a transmedia meta-documentary that reflects on the interactive documentary. It consists of 3 interconnected parts: a documentary series, a multimedia platform and exhibitions. This is...
Charting Documentary’s Futures | An Interview with William Uricchio [Part Four]

Charting Documentary’s Futures | An Interview with William Uricchio [Part Four]

Originally published in Confessions of an Aca-Fan, the original Weblog of Henry Jenkins. Charting Documentary’s Futures: An Interview with William Uricchio [Part Four] The report’s focus on immersion as a dimension of news and...
Mapping the Intersection of Two Cultures: Interactive Documentary and Digital Journalism

Mapping the Intersection of Two Cultures: Interactive Documentary and Digital Journalism

Supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The MIT Open Documentary Lab conducted an eight-month research project mapping and assessing the dynamics of an ongoing convergence between interactive and participatory documentary...
"Walden, a game," presented by Tracy Fullerton [Feb. 9th at the Open Doc Lab]

“Walden, a game,” presented by Tracy Fullerton [Feb. 9th at the Open Doc Lab]

“Walden, a game,” presented by the game’s designer Tracy Fullerton, Director of the USC Game Innovation Lab. Walden, a game, is an experiment in play about an experiment in living, simulating Thoreau’s experience living a...
Sandra Rodriguez | Rewriting Publics

Sandra Rodriguez | Rewriting Publics

_ReWriting publics, by MIT OpenDocLab Fellow Sandra Rodriguez, is a research-creation project that aims to rethink social change and public engagement through transmedia platforms. Interactive, participatory installations and webdocs are becoming part of our...
Latest entries
COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Features [Part 1]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Features [Part 1]

SEASON 1 – EPISODE 4 – PART 1: ‘INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY FEATURES’ Here you can access the first part of the fourth episode: SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Jonathan Harris (Number 27): One key difference is that interactive documentaries try to make the experience with the viewer somehow as an active participant in the story, as in life, the choices we make end up affecting the outcome of our living experience. Mandy...
COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Definition [Part 4]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Definition [Part 4]

SEASON 1 – EPISODE 3 – PART 4: ‘INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY DEFINITION’ Here you can access the fourth part of the third episode:   SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION)   Matt Soar (Concordia University): It’s a very exciting new field but it’s too early I think for giving definitions. There’s so many different terms and none of them seem to do the work of describing everything. Seth Keen (RMIT University):...
COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Definition [Part 3]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Definition [Part 3]

SEASON 1 – EPISODE 3 – PART 3: ‘INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY DEFINITION’ Here you can access the third part of the third episode:   SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Hugues Sweeney (National Film Board of Canada): As the documentary genre has been defined as the ‘act of interpreting reality’, to me to define the interactive documentary could be seen as how digital media looks at the world of reality through...
This weekend, join us for "Virtually There: Documentary Meets Virtual Reality"

This weekend, join us for “Virtually There: Documentary Meets Virtual Reality”

MIT’s Open Documentary Lab, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Phi Centre host Virtually There: Documentary Meets Virtual Reality, on May 6th and May 7th, 2016.
COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Definition [Part 2]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Definition [Part 2]

SEASON 1 – EPISODE 3 – PART 2: ‘INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY DEFINITION’ Here you can access the second part of the third episode: SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Eva Dominguez (Minushu): I won’t try to define it. I come from the journalism field and I don’t want to put limits on this field. I see it as a hybrid field. Katerina Cizek (Highrise): I like William Uricchio’s analysis, which considers...
COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Definition [Part 1]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Definition [Part 1]

SEASON 1 – EPISODE 3 – PART 1: ‘INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY DEFINITION’ Here you can access the first part of the third episode: SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Andre Almeida (Film Director): If you put two filmmakers in the same room they will spend the whole time arguing about what a documentary is, and I think this would be true for the interactive documentary as well. One definition could be...
COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Explosion of the Form [Part 4]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Explosion of the Form [Part 4]

SEASON 1 – EPISODE 2 – PART 4: ‘INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY EXPLOSION OF THE FORM’ Here you can access the fourth part of the second episode: SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) William Uricchio (MIT Open Documentary Lab): There’s exponential growth in this field. In addition, the TV industry needs a kind of place to experimental and documentary is always an easy place to experiment. Paul Levinson (Fordham University): People like expressing themselves, people...
Registration now open for our conference [May 6th and 7th]

Registration now open for our conference [May 6th and 7th]

MIT’s Open Documentary Lab, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Phi Centre are hosting a conference and exhibit, Virtually There: Documentary Meets Virtual Reality, on May 6th and May 7th, 2016. Learn More.
COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Explosion of the Form [Part 3]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Explosion of the Form [Part 3]

SEASON 1 – EPISODE 2 – PART 3: ‘INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY EXPLOSION OF THE FORM’ Here you can access the third part of the second episode: SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Claire Leproust (Fablabchannel): There are no boundaries in terms of the author: anyone can broadcast their content. Katerina Cizek (Highrise): Since 2008 there has been a lot of attention, more festivals and academic interest and more work has been done. But...
COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Explosion of the Form [Part 2]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Explosion of the Form [Part 2]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Explosion of the Form [Part 2] SEASON 1 – EPISODE 2 – PART 2: ‘INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY EXPLOSION OF THE FORM’ Here you can access the second part of the second episode: SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Katie Edgerton (MIT Open Documentary Lab Alumni): People are becoming more literate and more excited about telling stories online, interacting with narratives and expecting a sort of engagement.  The videogame...
COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Explosion of the Form [Part 1]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Explosion of the Form [Part 1]

SEASON 1 – EPISODE 2 – PART 1: ‘INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY EXPLOSION OF THE FORM’ Here you can access the first part of the second episode:   SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Brian Winston (University of Lincoln): I don’t think the image of an explosion in i-docs is a particularly useful way of thinking about it. I think we’re reaching the end of the road again. We reached the end of the...
COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Evolution [Part 4]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Evolution [Part 4]

  SEASON 1 – EPISODE 1 – PART 4: ‘INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY EVOLUTION’ Here you can access the fourth part of the first episode: SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Kate Nash (University of Leeds): I would say it’s a natural evolution and new at the same time. Funding and audiences are two things that have to be taken into account. Can I sit on the fence? Hugues Sweeney (National Film Board of Canada): In...