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Dox Magazine | Evolution: An Inside Look at the Open Doc Lab

Dox Magazine | Evolution: An Inside Look at the Open Doc Lab

OpenDocLab Artist-in-Residence Suvi Helminen talks with Principal Investigator William Uricchio in this Dox Magazine profile of the lab and the history of documentary’s relationship with new media technology: From a technological point of view MIT has had great impact on media history in terms of providing affordances for which type of content could be created. Curiously this impact is however often unplanned, because new technology is almost always repurposed and...
Philip Napoli talk: Media Impact Assessment and Beyond: Thoughts on the Treacherous Task of Quantifying Journalistic Performance | Sept 18, 2014

Philip Napoli talk: Media Impact Assessment and Beyond: Thoughts on the Treacherous Task of Quantifying Journalistic Performance | Sept 18, 2014

September 18 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm In recent years, a variety of funders have begun to invest substantially in efforts to assess the impact of media initiatives such as documentary films and journalism ventures. These efforts reflect a fundamental shift in how media performance is assessed (and whose assessments matter) in an environment of extreme audience fragmentation and increased challenges to monetizing media content. This presentation will focus...
MIT SHASS | Open Documentary Lab puts MIT in the vanguard of new media for storytelling

MIT SHASS | Open Documentary Lab puts MIT in the vanguard of new media for storytelling

MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences profiles the OpenDocLab: “The documentary field now is like looking at the first five to eight years of television…new tools, new storytelling techniques, new participants. It’s a very exciting moment.” – William Uricchio
Liveblog: Theo Rigby on the Making of Immigrant Nation

Liveblog: Theo Rigby on the Making of Immigrant Nation

Filmmaker and photographer recently visited OpenDocLab shortly after the NYC launch of his interactive, participatory documentary Immigrant Nation. The following is a live blog of his presentation, including some documents related to the project’s design and development process. Theo Rigby: I’m a filmmaker from San Francisco. I’ve been working with immigrant and undocumented communities for 10 years. Tonight I wanted to share the story of the story behind Immigrant Nation...
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 Photo. The Hollow team has generously shared documents that illustrate how they developed Hollow from concept to an award-winning interactive....
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 aims. I have been involved in what we now call the Video for Change field...
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 is the philosopher Michel Serres who describes participation — and subjectivity — as a game of...
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 regional campaigns. But we are also co-producing what’s called “The NannyVan” — it’s this bright orange...
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 a full-time mom. Unbeknownst to Melissa, she is who Marisa imagines as her better half...
Notes from Sundance: "Beyond Butts in Seats and Tweets"

Notes from Sundance: “Beyond Butts in Seats and Tweets”

Sundance’s New Frontier hosted a panel, Beyond Butts in Seats and Tweets, How Do We Know Films Are Making a Difference? at Sundance 2014. It  prompted a lively discussion about the challenges and possibilities for filmmakers who want to measure the social impact of their films.   Below is a loose transcript of the panel and a list of resources mentioned. Participants Moderator: Wendy Levy, director, New Arts Axis Richard Perez,...