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Afrofuturist Virtual Reality Installation Reimagines the Future for Women Of Color

Afrofuturist Virtual Reality Installation Reimagines the Future for Women Of Color

Afrofuturist Virtual Reality Installation Reimagines the Future for Women Of Color Open Doc Lab researcher Sue Ding reports from this year’s New Frontier exhibition at Sundance Film Festival. This article was originally featured in Indiewire....
Feb 21: Harvard metaLAB's Sarah Newman, Jessica Yurkofsky and Matthew Battles visit Open Documentary Lab

Feb 21: Harvard metaLAB’s Sarah Newman, Jessica Yurkofsky and Matthew Battles visit Open Documentary Lab

On Tuesday, Feb 21 at 12pm, Harvard metaLAB’s Sarah Newman, Jessica Yurkofsky and Matthew Battles will visit Open Documentary Lab to present their project TRUST (the presence of secrets). This event is open to...
VR in the Real World: How an Emerging Technology Could Change the World

VR in the Real World: How an Emerging Technology Could Change the World

VR in the Real World: How an Emerging Technology Could Change the World Open Doc Lab researcher Sara Rafsky reports from this year’s New Frontier exhibition at Sundance Film Festival. This article was originally featured...
COME/IN/DOC |Collaboration Definition [Part 4]

COME/IN/DOC |Collaboration Definition [Part 4]

SEASON 2 – EPISODE 2 – PART 4: ‘COLLABORATION DEFINITION’  Here you can access the fourth part of the second episode: [vimeo width=”580″ height=”330″]https://vimeo.com/176952616[/vimeo]   SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Andre Almeida (Film...
Hacking VR Course at MIT

Hacking VR Course at MIT

This coming semester, Open Documentary Lab’s William Uricchio, Sandra Rodriguez and Deniz Tortum will be teaching the Hacking VR course at the Comparative Media Studies department. Course Description Mens et manus … mind and hand...
Virtually There Conference Case Study

Virtually There Conference Case Study

Virtually There conference gathered together leading makers, technologists, academics, curators, and critics for two days of intensive demonstrations and discussions regarding the possibilities and implications of using VR for documentary. In these still early...
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Afrofuturist Virtual Reality Installation Reimagines the Future for Women Of Color

Afrofuturist Virtual Reality Installation Reimagines the Future for Women Of Color

Afrofuturist Virtual Reality Installation Reimagines the Future for Women Of Color Open Doc Lab researcher Sue Ding reports from this year’s New Frontier exhibition at Sundance Film Festival. This article was originally featured in Indiewire. A look at a new virtual reality experience designed to encourage women of color to explore the medium’s potential. You sit in a pink-hued “neurocosmetology” lab, your feet dangling off the salon chair, tentacle-like electrodes hanging down...
Feb 21: Harvard metaLAB's Sarah Newman, Jessica Yurkofsky and Matthew Battles visit Open Documentary Lab

Feb 21: Harvard metaLAB’s Sarah Newman, Jessica Yurkofsky and Matthew Battles visit Open Documentary Lab

On Tuesday, Feb 21 at 12pm, Harvard metaLAB’s Sarah Newman, Jessica Yurkofsky and Matthew Battles will visit Open Documentary Lab to present their project TRUST (the presence of secrets). This event is open to public. TRUST (the presence of secrets) What are the personal, cultural, and political implications of digital correspondence? Into whose hands might our secrets fall? TRUST (the presence of secrets) is an interactive installation designed by Sarah...
VR in the Real World: How an Emerging Technology Could Change the World

VR in the Real World: How an Emerging Technology Could Change the World

VR in the Real World: How an Emerging Technology Could Change the World Open Doc Lab researcher Sara Rafsky reports from this year’s New Frontier exhibition at Sundance Film Festival. This article was originally featured in Indiewire. Sundance VR installations, including “Chasing Coral” and “An Inconvenient Sequel,” show the technology’s potential to affect change. The Sundance Film Festival has long included documentaries that tackle hot button issues, but this year some...
Feb 14: Julie Mallozzi visits Open Documentary Lab

Feb 14: Julie Mallozzi visits Open Documentary Lab

Director/DP/Editor Julie Mallozzi’s films explore the ways cultural traditions from around the globe intersect, hybridize, and are turned to new social purposes far from their original context. Her films have won awards at festivals around the world and have screened in museums, universities, and on public television. Mallozzi also produces videos and transmedia projects for community organizations, and actively works as a freelance producer and editor in Boston’s lively documentary...
Feb 7: Kurt Ralske visits Open Documentary Lab

Feb 7: Kurt Ralske visits Open Documentary Lab

Kurt Ralske’s video installations and performances enact a dialogue with history: an exploration of the past that proposes a new view of the future. His work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Venice Biennale in 2009 and 2015, the Guggenheim Bilbao, and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. His 2016 solo exhibition Jean-Luc Godard Dataset deployed data-science techniques on the oeuvre of the French director’s films — not...
COME/IN/DOC |Collaboration Definition [Part 4]

COME/IN/DOC |Collaboration Definition [Part 4]

SEASON 2 – EPISODE 2 – PART 4: ‘COLLABORATION DEFINITION’  Here you can access the fourth part of the second episode: [vimeo width=”580″ height=”330″]https://vimeo.com/176952616[/vimeo]   SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Andre Almeida (Film Director): It’s difficult to describe this term. It can be a shared authorship like for Youtube, or 18 Days in Egypt, or a more modest collaboration. Adrian Miles (RMIT University): There are two things: the set...
Hacking VR Course at MIT

Hacking VR Course at MIT

This coming semester, Open Documentary Lab’s William Uricchio, Sandra Rodriguez and Deniz Tortum will be teaching the Hacking VR course at the Comparative Media Studies department. Course Description Mens et manus … mind and hand … Hacking VR will engage both. What better way to explore a new technology than to push it to its limits, to break it, to re-imagine it, and to rebuild it in unexpected ways? Offered as...
COME/IN/DOC |Collaboration Definition [Part 2]

COME/IN/DOC |Collaboration Definition [Part 2]

SEASON 2 – EPISODE 2 – PART 2: ‘COLLABORATION DEFINITION’ Here you can access the second part of the second episode: [vimeo width=”580″ height=”330″]https://vimeo.com/176952614[/vimeo]   SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Sharon Daniel (University California Santa Cruz): Collaboration means a lot of different things: you can collaborate with someone else in making a project, or you can collaborate with someone who’s providing the story, to quote some of the processes....
Heidi Boisvert

Heidi Boisvert

Heidi Boisvert is a new media artist, creative technologist, experience designer, researcher and writer. She founded and serves as the CEO and Creative Director of the futurePerfect lab, a boutique creative agency that works with non-profits to develop imaginative applications of integrated media and emerging technology. Heidi was formerly the Media Director at Breakthrough where she designed, developed and promoted a range of viral, new media and pop culture campaigns...
Last Week at ODL: #Mickey by Betzabé García, Gibrann Morgado and Blas Valdez

Last Week at ODL: #Mickey by Betzabé García, Gibrann Morgado and Blas Valdez

#Mickey by Betzabé García, Gibrann Morgado and Blas Valdez by Beyza Boyacioglu Last week at ODL, director Betzabé Garcia introduced her project #Mickey with her designer Gibrann Morgado and producer Blas Veldez. #Mickey is a cross-platform documentary about a gender-fluid Youtube celebrity from Sinaloa, Mexico. The project is comprised of a linear film annotated with augmented reality (AR) components and an interactive 360-degree video that uses WebVR technology. Through a multi-layered stylistic approach,...