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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.
Storytelling UX: An Interview with Jeff Soyk on the Making of Hollow

Storytelling UX: An Interview with Jeff Soyk on the Making of Hollow

I sat down with art director and UX (user experience) designer Jeff Soyk to discuss the design process behind Hollow, a community-based interactive documentary about rural West Virginia directed by Elaine McMillion. Hollow was recently recognized with a Peabody Award and a 3rd Prize in the multimedia category at World Press...
April 15, 2014 MIT OpenDocLab Lunch with AIR's Localore

April 15, 2014 MIT OpenDocLab Lunch with AIR’s Localore

We’re pleased to invite AIR’s Localore production team to the Spring 2014 MIT Open Documentary Lab’s lunch speaker series. MIT Building E15-331 These events are open to the public.  RSVP required.
_docubase Beta launches at IDFA

_docubase Beta launches at IDFA

Few things can compete with the emergence of a new media practice for sheer innovation and unpredictability. Conventions, orthodoxies and routine have not yet set in. Virtually anything is possible. Consider the earliest years of film, radio and television, when media makers engaged in unparalleled levels of experimentation thanks to...
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Video4Change Impact Research | Andrew Lowenthal

Video4Change Impact Research | Andrew Lowenthal

OpenDocLab Fellow Andrew Lowenthal describes the origins of EngageMedia, the video4change network and his current work at the Lab. In early 2013, the Open Documentary Lab and Center for Civic Media began a collaboration with EngageMedia and the video4change network to explore the impact of Video for Change; the innovative use of video towards advocacy...
COME/IN/DOC - A new way to understand interactive documentaries

COME/IN/DOC – A new way to understand interactive documentaries

COME/IN/DOC – A new way to understand interactive documentaries There’s a growing need to understand a new formula to produce documentaries, the interactive documentaries, or webdocs. Here I introduce a new tool that can be helpful for you. This project has the support of the MIT Open Documentary Lab, i-docs, Docs Barcelona International Documentary Festival...

David Dufresne visits Open Doc Lab

David Dufresne visits ODL   Last week the Open Doc Lab was lucky enough to host an impromptu presentation with David Dufresne, creator of Fort McMoney, one of this year’s hottest interactive pieces. The project  was produced by Toxa, the National Film Board of Canada, and Arte with additional financial support from the Canada Media...
Research Forum | Macaronic Dialogues and Interactive Media, Part 3

Research Forum | Macaronic Dialogues and Interactive Media, Part 3

Melissa: You’ve described yourself as a compulsive collaborator. I see that. Tell me more… Marisa: Well, creating a tool for a specific constituency demands working with them closely to ensure it meets their needs. And I see the process of making art as a way to share a conversation with others. What comes to mind...
Research Forum | Macaronic Dialogues and Interactive Media, Part 2

Research Forum | Macaronic Dialogues and Interactive Media, Part 2

Melissa: So how do domestic workers find out about this “app”? Marisa: Good question. In New York, advocacy groups hand out this business card-sized flyer that advertises the phone number. Now, I am working as an artist in residence with The National Domestic Workers’ Alliance to produce this new app. It will be integrated into...
Marisa Jahn: Macaronic Dialogues and Interactive Media, Part 1

Marisa Jahn: Macaronic Dialogues and Interactive Media, Part 1

Macaronic Dialogues and Interactive Media by Marisa Jahn (REV-) *    *    *    *    *    * Marisa. Artist type. Rough around the edges. Melissa. Sharp and well-read, but not an academic; well-groomed, well-poised. Lives in the Upper West Side of Manhattan (a liberal and upscale neighborhood); runs a part-time design blog and is...