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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...
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...
DOCUMENTARY! New Trends, New Formats MOOC starts on Feb 17, 2015

DOCUMENTARY! New Trends, New Formats MOOC starts on Feb 17, 2015

This MOOC, offered by edX and developed at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, presents the new trends and formats of 21st century audio-visual documentary including a brief historical overview. About this Course Videos will be in English and / or in Spanish. Transcripts in both languages will be provided. The assessments will be in both languages. The course starts on February 17 and lasts 8 weeks. The course, developed by Pilar Carrera and colleagues at...
OpenDocLab awarded MacArthur Foundation grant

OpenDocLab awarded MacArthur Foundation grant

The MIT Open Documentary Lab received a grant this Fall for $175k from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to map and assess the intersection of new documentary forms and digital journalism. Professor William Uricchio and his team will chart this emerging landscape and survey the organizations and people at the forefront of this journalistic practice. They will critically assess the challenges and potentials of integrating new documentary forms...
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

‘Exit Zero’ by Chris Walley and Chris Boebel – Kickstarter Campaign

MIT Associate Professor Chris Walley and Filmmaker Chris Boebel – Open Doc Lab affiliates who teach a documentary film class at MIT – are currently in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to raise finishing funds for their documentary film Exit Zero. (For more info, see www.exitzeroproject. org or a recent Q&A in Belt magazine http://beltmag.com/exit-zero-q-and-a/). The documentary is part of a larger transmedia project that includes a book also...
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...
Announcing the 2014-2015 MIT OpenDocLab Fellows

Announcing the 2014-2015 MIT OpenDocLab Fellows

The MIT Open Documentary Lab is pleased to announce its new fellows for the academic year 2014-2015.  This distinguished group of documentary storytellers and experts will be in residence at MIT to experiment with new techniques and technologies and explore new ways to tell stories, and create social impact. The goal of the residency is to give a community of documentary storytellers and researchers the time and space in a...
Fast Company | This Artist is Teaching Tech Execs How To Make Devices More Lovable

Fast Company | This Artist is Teaching Tech Execs How To Make Devices More Lovable

While working on his master’s thesis at the MIT Media Lab, OpenDocLab Research Affiliate Alexander Reben began developing his question-asking robot, BlabDroid.  In an article for Fast Company titled “This Artist is Teaching Tech Execs How to Make Devices More Lovable,” Josh Dzieza discusses the social, emotional, and technical implications of BlabDroid. The great paradox about much of Reben’s work, is that though we we may know that it’s absurd to...
Filmmaker Magazine | MIT Open Documentary Lab Launches _docubase

Filmmaker Magazine | MIT Open Documentary Lab Launches _docubase

Filmmaker Magazine features The MIT Open Documentary Lab’s _docubase in “MIT Open Documentary Lab Launches _docubase,” an article by Sarah Salovaara. “As a consumer of new media – to say nothing of its makers – how does one go about keeping abreast of the emerging form’s constant developments? MIT Open Documentary Lab hopes to keep interested parties up to speed with _docubase, a new project that was launched yesterday at IDFA. A curated platform, _docubase will maintain an...