Welcome to the MIT Open Documentary Lab

The OpenDocLab brings technologists, storytellers, and scholars together to advance the new arts of documentary.
March 6th: Vivek Bald - Documenting the Stories of the Undocumented: The Bengali Harlem/Lost Histories Project

March 6th: Vivek Bald – Documenting the Stories of the Undocumented: The Bengali Harlem/Lost Histories Project

In conversation with: MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing Faculty Member Vivek Bald Tuesday | March 6 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM MIT Open Documentary Lab | E15-318A MIT Campus, Wiesner Building, 20 Ames Street, 3rd...
Feb 27th: Hyphen Labs - Whose Story?

Feb 27th: Hyphen Labs – Whose Story?

In conversation with: Hyphen-Labs, Ida Ely Rubin Artists in Residence at MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology Tuesday | February 27 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM MIT Open Documentary Lab | E15-318A MIT...
The Open Doc Lab Lecture Series | Fall '17

The Open Doc Lab Lecture Series | Fall ’17

For the detailed description of each talk, please follow the weekly announcements on our website or visit our Facebook page.
Latest entries

May 8th Talk: Fred Volhuer – New Challenges in Distribution

Tuesday | May 8th | 12:00 – 1:30 PM MIT Open Documentary Lab | E15-318A MIT Campus, Wiesner Building, 20 Ames Street, 3rd Floor, Cambridge MA 02139 Fred Volhuer – New Challenges in Distribution VR is still in its infancy, but it’s taking flight quickly. What should pioneers consider when exploring, producing, and distributing this new medium? This year has been a game changer in the distribution of immersive media...

May 1st Talk: Marcel Schouwenaar -The Incredible Machine

Tuesday | May, 1st | 12:00 – 1:30 PM MIT Open Documentary Lab | E15-318A MIT Campus, Wiesner Building, 20 Ames Street, 3rd Floor, Cambridge MA 02139 Folklore For Techies Marcel Schouwenaar is the co-founder of the design studio, The Incredible Machine. Initially, his studio focussed on creating concepts for products leveraging the internet of things (IoT). But after encountering many moral dilemmas in his practice — the many cases...
April 10th - Lost Landscapes of NY screening with Director Rick Prelinger

April 10th – Lost Landscapes of NY screening with Director Rick Prelinger

Screening: LOST LANDSCAPES OF NEW YORK Filmmaker, Media Historian and Archivist Rick Prelinger in person! Free and open to the public. Co-presented by The DocYard Tuesday, April 10,  7 PM – 9 PM Location: Huntington Hall (Room 10-250), MacLaurin Building (building 10),  Map: https://whereis.mit.edu/ Since 2006, film historian and archivist Rick Prelinger has presented 22 participatory urban-history events to enthusiastic audiences in San Francisco, Detroit, Los Angeles, Oakland, and at...
March 20th: Viktor Phoenix - Sound, the first Rule of Immersion

March 20th: Viktor Phoenix – Sound, the first Rule of Immersion

In conversation with Lecturer: Viktor Phoenix, HeadSpace Studio Tuesday | March 20 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM MIT Open Documentary Lab | E15-318A MIT Campus, Wiesner Building, 20 Ames Street, 3rd Floor, Cambridge MA 02139 Some say sound is 50% of immersion in VR but also AR and XR. How does it translate to new platforms? How should we think of music, sound, audio and texture in immersive media productions?...
Andrew Demirjian | Fellow 2018 - 2019

Andrew Demirjian | Fellow 2018 – 2019

Andrew Demirjian is an interdisciplinary media maker who creates experimental assemblages of image, sound and text. Typologies, the language of naming and the politics of categorization are often a focus of his projects. Drawing from conceptual art, experimental music and computer science he creates experimental documentaries and digital poetry that use constraint systems, chance operations and remixing. The pieces take the form of interactive installations, generative artworks, audiovisual performances and single...
Eliza Capai | Fellow 2018 - 2019

Eliza Capai | Fellow 2018 – 2019

Eliza Capai is a journalist and an independent documentary filmmaker who focuses on social issues. She is especially interested in amplifying voices from marginalized sectors of society in order to foster empathy in audiences. Her first feature, Here Is So Far (71’, 2013), is based on encounters with women during a seven-month trip in Africa. Her second movie, The Tortoise and the Tapir (72’, 2016), investigates the gigantic hydroelectric plants...
March 6th: Vivek Bald - Documenting the Stories of the Undocumented: The Bengali Harlem/Lost Histories Project

March 6th: Vivek Bald – Documenting the Stories of the Undocumented: The Bengali Harlem/Lost Histories Project

In conversation with: MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing Faculty Member Vivek Bald Tuesday | March 6 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM MIT Open Documentary Lab | E15-318A MIT Campus, Wiesner Building, 20 Ames Street, 3rd Floor, Cambridge MA 02139 The Bengali Harlem/Lost Histories Project CMS faculty member, Vivek Bald, will provide an update on his ongoing documentary film, “In Search of Bengali Harlem” and its associated community storytelling platform, the “Lost...
Feb 27th: Hyphen Labs - Whose Story?

Feb 27th: Hyphen Labs – Whose Story?

In conversation with: Hyphen-Labs, Ida Ely Rubin Artists in Residence at MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology Tuesday | February 27 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM MIT Open Documentary Lab | E15-318A MIT Campus, Wiesner Building, 20 Ames Street, 3rd Floor, Cambridge MA 02139 Whose Story? VR/AR/XR are always presented as extending and augmenting the way we perceive the world. From the empathy machine narrative to the “portal to...
Dec 14: AIR's Sue Schardt & Kelley Libby

Dec 14: AIR’s Sue Schardt & Kelley Libby

There is a story-making revolution underway. New channels have opened for audio distribution. There’s a rise of live platforms in communities large and small across the country. Creative talent is approaching the blended media environment in new ways, with work transcending traditional boundaries of time and space. These shifts have important implications for whose stories are told and how, ultimately opening the way for mission-focused makers to cultivate a broader...
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,...