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Virtually There: Documentary Meets Virtual Reality

Virtually There: Documentary Meets Virtual Reality

Our recent conference brought together scholars, technologists, and artists from around the globe to discuss the language, implications, and future of virtual reality and documentary. Watch the full livestream here. VR is capturing the imagination of documentary storytellers, journalists, artists, technologists and investors all over the world. An industry is emerging. Yet for all of its enthusiasts, VR has its skeptics. For all it is talked about, VR can be deeply...
Charting Documentary’s Futures | An Interview with William Uricchio [Part Three]

Charting Documentary’s Futures | An Interview with William Uricchio [Part Three]

Originally published in Confessions of an Aca-Fan, the original Weblog of Henry Jenkins. Charting Documentary’s Futures | An Interview with William Uricchio [Part Three] On the documentary side, the American public has probably never had access to as many different documentaries as they do now — more are playing on television, more are getting theatrical runs, more are playing on the festival circuit, more are available through online platforms. So,...
Charting Documentary’s Futures | An Interview with William Uricchio [Part Four]

Charting Documentary’s Futures | An Interview with William Uricchio [Part Four]

Originally published in Confessions of an Aca-Fan, the original Weblog of Henry Jenkins. Charting Documentary’s Futures: An Interview with William Uricchio [Part Four] The report’s focus on immersion as a dimension of news and documentary may be new to many readers, despite the New York Time’s recent venture into virtual reality. So, can you share a bit more about the current state of immersive journalism and why you think this...
Charting Documentary’s Futures | An Interview with William Uricchio [Part Two]

Charting Documentary’s Futures | An Interview with William Uricchio [Part Two]

Originally published in Confessions of an Aca-Fan, the original Weblog of Henry Jenkins. Charting Documentary’s Futures: An Interview with William Uricchio [Part Two] You argue that the story should dictate the form, yet many aspects of the form of American journalism — the inverted pyramid for example and the core shape of the lead paragraph — have remain fixed without regard to the story. Some traditional journalists would argue that...
Charting Documentary’s Futures | An Interview with William Uricchio [Part One]

Charting Documentary’s Futures | An Interview with William Uricchio [Part One]

Profile: William Uricchio of MIT’s Open Documentary Lab from Submarine Channel on Vimeo. Originally published in Confessions of an Aca-Fan, the original Weblog of Henry Jenkins. Charting Documentary’s Futures: An Interview with William Uricchio [Part One] For the better part of a decade, William Uricchio and I worked side by side, partners in crime, as we forged the Comparative Media Studies program at MIT. I came to lean heavily on...
Mapping the Intersection of Two Cultures: Interactive Documentary and Digital Journalism

Mapping the Intersection of Two Cultures: Interactive Documentary and Digital Journalism

Supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The MIT Open Documentary Lab conducted an eight-month research project mapping and assessing the dynamics of an ongoing convergence between interactive and participatory documentary practices and digital journalism. The project launched in October 2014 with a convening at MIT, The New Reality: Exploring the Intersection of New Documentary Forms and Digital Journalism. Forty leading professionals from the worlds of interactive...
"Walden, a game," presented by Tracy Fullerton | Feb, 9 2016

“Walden, a game,” presented by Tracy Fullerton | Feb, 9 2016

“Walden, a game,” presented by the game’s designer Tracy Fullerton, Director of the USC Game Innovation Lab. Walden, a game, is an experiment in play about an experiment in living, simulating Thoreau’s experience living a simplified existence as articulated in his classic book Walden. Contrary to what many believe, Thoreau was not wholly against the technological advancements of his day. He saw advancements in technology and industry as being potentially useful,...
ODL fellow Lara Baladi at Transmediale Berlin

ODL fellow Lara Baladi at Transmediale Berlin

OpenDocLAb Fellow, Lara Baladi will take part in Anxious to Act, part of Conversation Piece Transmediale Berlin this February. On Saturday, February 6, Baladi will participate with her project Vox Populi, Archiving a Revolution in the Digital Age, in the Hybrid event, Five Years After moderated by Oliver Lerone Schultz. Following the panel, Baladi will take part in Tactical Media and the Archive, a workshop, moderated by David Garcia and Eric Kluitenberg. Under the name Conversation Piece, transmediale reboots the format of...
Sandra Rodriguez | Rewriting Publics

Sandra Rodriguez | Rewriting Publics

_ReWriting publics, by MIT OpenDocLab Fellow Sandra Rodriguez, is a research-creation project that aims to rethink social change and public engagement through transmedia platforms. Interactive, participatory installations and webdocs are becoming part of our everyday lives and public landscape to the point that private sectors, news outlets, NGOs and even cities are now investing in their creation. Yet beyond usual audience polls and innovative measuring/tracking techniques, what do we know...
The Internet is the Wild West |Suvi Andrea Helminen

The Internet is the Wild West |Suvi Andrea Helminen

The Internet is the Wild West. By Suvi Andrea Helminen The Internet is the Wild West in many ways, it is a masquerade, a second life where there are no face-to-face consequences for how people behave. Words are being shot back and forth in duels between opposing opinions. People can say very hurtful things and remain anonymous. Last winter Open Documentary Lab fellow Thorsten Trimpop and I filmed an interview...