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Public Statement Against President Trump's Proposed Budget Cuts

Public Statement Against President Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts

The MIT Open Documentary Lab joins our friends and colleagues in public media, the arts and sciences, and the humanities in urging people to speak out and take action against President Trump’s budget proposal. The proposal would end funding for the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and significantly reduce funding for research in the sciences. Our lab is founded...
ODL fellow Heidi Boisvert organizes Codes & Modes: ReFraming Reality, Virtuality & Non-Fiction Media

ODL fellow Heidi Boisvert organizes Codes & Modes: ReFraming Reality, Virtuality & Non-Fiction Media

Codes & Modes: ReFraming Reality, Virtuality & Non-Fiction Media aims to create an intervention into the uncritical excitement about virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and machine learning to establish a space for conversations about long-term socio-cultural and neurobiological impacts. Presenters will discuss how theorists, activists and artists can develop useful frameworks to explore the complex implications of using these emerging technologies. Featured speakers include Lev Manovich (Director of the...
Hacking VR Course at MIT

Hacking VR Course at MIT

This coming semester, Open Documentary Lab’s William Uricchio, Sandra Rodriguez and Deniz Tortum will be teaching the Hacking VR course at the Comparative Media Studies department. Course Description Mens et manus … mind and hand … Hacking VR will engage both. What better way to explore a new technology than to push it to its limits, to break it, to re-imagine it, and to rebuild it in unexpected ways? Offered as...
ODL alum Deniz Tortum's 'Virtual Collaboration Research' wins DesignX

ODL alum Deniz Tortum’s ‘Virtual Collaboration Research’ wins DesignX

Open Documentary Lab alum Deniz Tortum’s team ‘Virtual Collaboration Research’ is selected for DesignX, the entrepreneurship accelerator from MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning(SA+P). Virtual Collaboration Research is developing Mediate, an artificial-intelligence-supported, speech-driven spatial markup tool for virtual reality, enabling designers and architects to work collaboratively inside virtual reality. Congrats Deniz!
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...
COME/IN/DOC - Documentary series launch on Open Doclab's website!

COME/IN/DOC – Documentary series launch on Open Doclab’s website!

  COME/IN/DOC – Collaborative Meta Interactive Documentary – is a transmedia meta-documentary that reflects on the interactive documentary. It consists of 3 interconnected parts: a documentary series, a multimedia platform and exhibitions. This is the result of 4 years of intensive research (2012-2016) conducting interviews with 60 experts in the field of interactive documentary with the aim of answering a basic question: what is an interactive documentary? From this starting...
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 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 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...