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The OpenDocLab brings technologists, storytellers, and scholars together to advance the new arts of documentary.
May 8: Isabelle Anouk Bourduas from MinorityVR visits ODL

May 8: Isabelle Anouk Bourduas from MinorityVR visits ODL

Join us for a talk by Isabelle Anouk Bourduas from MinorityVR on May 8 at 12pm at the Open Doc Lab! About the Speaker: After obtaining her MFA in Film Production from The American Film...
Last Week at ODL: Maureen Towey from 360 News at The NYTimes

Last Week at ODL: Maureen Towey from 360 News at The NYTimes

  About the Speaker Maureen Towey is a director, producer, and visual journalist working across mediums. She is currently the Senior Producer for 360 News at The New York Times. Towey has worked as...
Public Statement Against President Trump's Proposed Budget Cuts

Public Statement Against President Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts

The MIT Open Documentary Lab joins our friends and colleagues in public media, the arts and sciences, and the humanities in urging people to speak out and take action against President Trump’s budget proposal....
Hacking VR Speaker Series: The Art and Science of VR Panel

Hacking VR Speaker Series: The Art and Science of VR Panel

How does our brain react to VR? How can neurobiology help us tell more effective stories? What can scientists learn from VR storytelling? And how do creative VR makers work with scientists to push...
Hacking VR Speaker Series: Brian Chirls on webVR

Hacking VR Speaker Series: Brian Chirls on webVR

The Hacking VR Speaker Series began with a talk by Brian Chirls on webVR. This series is presented by MIT Open Documentary Lab and MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology, and supported by MacArthur...
The Hacking VR Speaker Series

The Hacking VR Speaker Series

The Hacking VR Speaker Series Offered in Spring 2017 in conjunction with the MIT class Hacking VR, Hacking VR Speaker Series is presented by the MIT Open Documentary Lab and the MIT Center for...
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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Solidarity Call for Video Activist Kazım Kızıl and Other Imprisoned People in Turkey

Solidarity Call for Video Activist Kazım Kızıl and Other Imprisoned People in Turkey

Solidarity Call for Video Activist Kazım Kızıl and Other Imprisoned People in Turkey by Mine Gencel Bek “I document protests and resistance. The police are on one side and the protesters are on the other side and I am not photographing this from the outside. I am on the side of the protesters. I use photography and video as a tool.” (https://www.facebook.com/kazimaozgurluk/) These words belong to Kazım Kızıl, an imprisoned...
May 8: Isabelle Anouk Bourduas from MinorityVR visits ODL

May 8: Isabelle Anouk Bourduas from MinorityVR visits ODL

Join us for a talk by Isabelle Anouk Bourduas from MinorityVR on May 8 at 12pm at the Open Doc Lab! About the Speaker: After obtaining her MFA in Film Production from The American Film Institute, Isabelle Anouk Bourduas spent five years producing independent feature films in Los Angeles. She returned to Montreal to produce live television for Just For Laughs. Shortly after, she became Head of Production for Cineflix where...
Live broadcast on May 5: Update or Die - Future Proofing Emerging Forms of Digital Documentary

Live broadcast on May 5: Update or Die – Future Proofing Emerging Forms of Digital Documentary

Watch the live broadcast of our conference Update or Die: Future Proofing Emerging Digital Documentary Forms on Friday May 5 from 8:45AM to 6:00PM at the link below and join the conversation with the hashtag #updateordie. About the Conference As attention turns to the next big thing, digital games, artwork, interactive news features, and web-based documentaries made as recently as five years ago face obsolescence. How do we preserve digital documentaries? What remains, and...
Last Week at ODL: Maureen Towey from 360 News at The NYTimes

Last Week at ODL: Maureen Towey from 360 News at The NYTimes

  About the Speaker Maureen Towey is a director, producer, and visual journalist working across mediums. She is currently the Senior Producer for 360 News at The New York Times. Towey has worked as a contributing photo editor at The New York Times Magazine where she produced their 2015 Great Performers series and their 2016 Olympic portfolio. In the music world, Towey worked as Creative Director for Arcade Fire on...
Last Hacking VR talk: Jessica Brillhart from GoogleVR

Last Hacking VR talk: Jessica Brillhart from GoogleVR

We are coming to an end in our Hacking VR Speaker Series. It was an honor to host Vincent Morisset, Brian Chirls, Karen Vanderborght, Arnaud Colinart, Eloi Champagne, Vicki Ferguson & Olivier Palmieri this semester and pick their brain on VR production, ethics, distribution, and more! If you missed the talks, don’t worry, watch the lecture videos here. The series is coming to an end this Tuesday at 12pm with a...
April 25: Maureen Towey from The New York Times visits ODL

April 25: Maureen Towey from The New York Times visits ODL

Join us for a talk by Maureen Towey on April 25 at 12pm at Open Doc Lab! Maureen Towey is a director, producer, and visual journalist working across mediums. She is currently the Senior Producer for 360 News at The New York Times. Towey has worked as a contributing photo editor at The New York Times Magazine where she produced their 2015 Great Performers series and their 2016 Olympic portfolio. In the...
April 18: Rus Gant visits ODL

April 18: Rus Gant visits ODL

Join us for a talk by Rus Gant on April 18 at 12pm at Open Doc Lab! Rus Gant is a well-regarded international 3D artist, computer engineer and educator. Currently on the Research staff at Harvard University and the faculty at Tokyo’s Showa Women’s University, he is currently pursuing work in the future of real-time 3D computer graphics and virtual reality. He is the Director of the Visualization Research and...
Public Statement Against President Trump's Proposed Budget Cuts

Public Statement Against President Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts

The MIT Open Documentary Lab joins our friends and colleagues in public media, the arts and sciences, and the humanities in urging people to speak out and take action against President Trump’s budget proposal. The proposal would end funding for the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and significantly reduce funding for research in the sciences. Our lab is founded...
April 4: StoryHackers & Sandra Barrón Ramírez visit ODL

April 4: StoryHackers & Sandra Barrón Ramírez visit ODL

On April 4 at 12pm, Nieman Foundation fellow Sandra Barrón Ramírez, and María Laura Ruggiero and Gia Castello from StoryHackers will be at Open Documentary Lab to discuss their recent work. SeirenFilms is a transmedia storytelling and experiential design company based in Argentina. Ranging from Film to VR, from documentaries to interactive installations, this lab explores new narratives in the digital universe combining a passion for stories and poetry and a love...
Hacking VR Speaker Series: The Art and Science of VR Panel

Hacking VR Speaker Series: The Art and Science of VR Panel

How does our brain react to VR? How can neurobiology help us tell more effective stories? What can scientists learn from VR storytelling? And how do creative VR makers work with scientists to push the limits of immersive experiences? What are the affordances and impact of VR from narrative and scientific perspectives? This interdisciplinary panel brings together VR creators whose stories focus on real human lived conditions, Arnaud Colinart of...