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Dec 7: Harvard metaLAB

Dec 7: Harvard metaLAB

This talk brings together artists Kim Albrecht, Matthew Battles, Rachel Kalmar & Sarah Newman, Maia Leandra Suazo-Maler, and Jonathan Sun from metaLAB’s August 2017 exhibition Machine Experience at Harvard Art Museum. The possibilities of...
The Enemy by ODL alumnus Karim Ben Khelifa at the MIT Museum

The Enemy by ODL alumnus Karim Ben Khelifa at the MIT Museum

The Enemy by Open Doc Lab alumnus Karim Ben Khelifa, a groundbreaking interactive Virtual Reality (VR) exhibition and immersive experience, makes its North American premiere at the MIT Museum. Through 360-degree imaging and recordings,...
The Open Doc Lab Lecture Series | Fall '17

The Open Doc Lab Lecture Series | Fall ’17

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Dec 7: Harvard metaLAB

Dec 7: Harvard metaLAB

This talk brings together artists Kim Albrecht, Matthew Battles, Rachel Kalmar & Sarah Newman, Maia Leandra Suazo-Maler, and Jonathan Sun from metaLAB’s August 2017 exhibition Machine Experience at Harvard Art Museum. The possibilities of AI long seemed futuristic and far-fetched. Now, however, the impact of AI technology is felt in every aspect of public and private life, with results ranging from the delightful to the disturbing. At the same time,...
Nov 30, 12pm: Lisa Parks

Nov 30, 12pm: Lisa Parks

This talk, based on Lisa Parks’ forthcoming book, Rethinking Media Coverage: Vertical Mediation and the War on Terror, will explore how media technologies and cultures have been organized to reassert US vertical hegemony after 9/11. Vertical hegemony involves efforts to maneuver through, activate technologies within, occupy, or control the vast stretch of space between the earth’s surface and the outer limits of orbit as well as the kinds of activities...
Nov 30, 10am: Eliza Capai

Nov 30, 10am: Eliza Capai

“To occupy is to resist” has become the Brazilian student slogan since 2015, when São Paulo’s students occupied more than 200 schools. Since then, occupying public buildings as a means to call attention to urgent themes, forcing the discussion through the media and public opinion, has become the students’ main way of fighting all over Brazil. At the same time that the student struggle stood out as a main role,...
Nov 16, 2pm: World Building Workshop

Nov 16, 2pm: World Building Workshop

Join us for a two-hour world building workshop led by game designer Matthew Weise — founder of Empathy Box, a company that specializes in narrative design for games and across media. The World Building Workshop is an in-depth, media-agnostic course where participants learn the ins and outs of dramatic interactivity. They will learn how to take one simple concept — verbs — and use it to cut right to the heart...
Nov 16, 12pm: Matthew Weise from Empathy Box

Nov 16, 12pm: Matthew Weise from Empathy Box

Film audiences understand a movie like Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk to be a serious work by a serious artist. We don’t find it strange that it is distributed alongside pure entertainment popcorn flicks. We know films can be art, entertainment, education, or activism — sometimes all at once. So why is this not the the case with video games, whom many consider to be the preeminent storytelling medium of this new...
Nov 2, 12pm: Jill Walker Rettberg from University of Bergen

Nov 2, 12pm: Jill Walker Rettberg from University of Bergen

On Snapchat, you can view “Stories” about specific events or locations that consist of a sequence of snaps from different users. Some Stories are curated and carefully composed by Snapchat’s staff, like the Live Stories about Trump’s inauguration and the Women’s March the following day. Others are automatically generated, and and be viewed by browsing the SnapMap or doing a text search. In this talk, Jill Walker Rettberg discusses these...
Oct 31, 12pm: Karim Ben Khelifa & The Enemy project

Oct 31, 12pm: Karim Ben Khelifa & The Enemy project

Karim Ben Khelifa returns to the Open Documentary Lab to talk about the final iteration of his groundbreaking interactive Virtual Reality (VR) exhibition and immersive experience “The Enemy.” The project was incubated at the Open Documentary Lab and MIT’s Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) and developed in collaboration with MIT Professor D. Fox Harrell. It is currently being exhibited at the MIT Museum. Through 360-degree imaging and recordings,...
ODL fellow Callum Cooper’s latest show "VAVILOV"

ODL fellow Callum Cooper’s latest show “VAVILOV”

ODL fellow Callum Cooper’s latest installation ‘Vavilov: The Correct Planting of Cabbage Seedlings’ is on view at HOME in Manchester for 14 weeks as a part of the show The Return of Memory. The end of the exhibition will be marked by an event/dinner, Vavilov’s Last Supper, that will be created in collaboration with chef Mary-Ellen McTague. Vavilov: The Correct Planting of Cabbage Seedlings – Description Callum Cooper’s Vavilov is a live, growing...
Oct 26, 12pm: Carla Borrás from Frontline Digital

Oct 26, 12pm: Carla Borrás from Frontline Digital

FRONTLINE has spent the last three years exploring how they can bring its journalism to life in new ways through VR. How might it feel to be locked up in a cell that measures 15 feet by 6 feet – where the cement cot takes up nearly a quarter of the floor space? What is it like to live in a place where civil war has forced you to leave...