Projects
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...
Jeff Soyk | Bisbee

Jeff Soyk | Bisbee

MIT OpenDocLab Fellow Jeff Soyk investigates blurring the lines between storyteller, subject and audience in an interactive space. He sees great potential in empowering individuals and merging multiple forms of media to create meaningful experiences that create a lasting impact. Since 2012, Soyk has studied and worked in the field of interactive documentary. Projects include: the 2013 Peabody Award winner Hollow—a story about small-town America, depopulation, and the meaning of...
Isabelle Raynauld| Brain, Music and Memory

Isabelle Raynauld| Brain, Music and Memory

With the Brain, Music and Memory  project, Isabelle Raynauld, MIT OpenDocLab Visiting Scholar, wishes to create an interactive and immersive web documentary that invites the spectator/user to explore the human brain from a sound perspective.   She is particularly interested in representing how the human brain «hears», how it «permits»  us to store musical memories and to relate to voices and sounds even when our cognitive abilities are weakened by illness or...

Raney Aronson-Rath

In her time at at MIT, MIT OpenDocLab Fellow Raney Aronson-Rath would like to tap into the new exciting, emerging Virtual reality 3D technology with the hope that this new technology has the ability to transform the way we tell stories and the look and feel of our documentaries.  She will be exploring 3D not just for immersive scenes in the field but also in applying this new technology to...
Hanna Rose Shell | Media Fabric, Textile Skin

Hanna Rose Shell | Media Fabric, Textile Skin

Media Fabric, Textile Skin, a multilayered, multi-linear project, by Associate Professor Hanna Rose Shell, is about the circulation of recycled textiles between the early 1800s and the present. In the result, visitors will be able to hear first-person stories, see technologies being constructed and dismantled, view landscapes as they transition between historical photographs and contemporary video footage, and watch short narrative video clips and archival footage. Layers will all be grounded...
Katerina Cizek | HIGHRISE: Digital Citizenship (working title)

Katerina Cizek | HIGHRISE: Digital Citizenship (working title)

The final major project to emerge from the National Film Board of Canada’s HIGHRISE,  DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP is a documentary and academic collaborative study investigating the invisible digital lives and stories of people living vertically around the world. From intimate whispers across skype, to the explosive political uses of whatsapp, how are relationships shifting between global cities, citizenship, and digital technologies? In this unprecedented joint project, produced by MIT Visiting Artist...
Halsey Burgund | Roundware

Halsey Burgund | Roundware

MIT OpenDocLab Fellow Halsey Burgund is exploring how the techniques and technologies he has developed to create immersive, geo-located audio installations can be adapted by documentary storytellers.  Halsey developed and open-sourced the Roundware audio platform which enables him to create his installations, and he will investigate how Roundware might be used to enhance physical spaces with location-based audio content to create self-guided interactive documentary experiences. Halsey’s work—and hence the Roundware...
Lara Baladi | Vox Populi, Archiving a Revolution in the Digital Age

Lara Baladi | Vox Populi, Archiving a Revolution in the Digital Age

During the #Jan25 revolution—the hashtag used by online activists during the 2011 Egyptian uprising—the world watched as Egyptians toppled their president, Hosni Mubarak, transforming Tahrir Square into a vibrant place for demonstrations of social solidarity and political struggle. Just as the YouTube video “Tiananmen-Cairo Courage in Cairo” went viral, a friend posted on Facebook a speech Jean Paul Sartre had delivered to an audience of striking French autoworkers 40 years earlier. As the political...
Media Impact Assessment Working Group

Media Impact Assessment Working Group

With support from the Fledgling Fund, the MIT Open Documentary Lab is partnering with the Tribeca Film Institute to bring together leading social impact assessment researchers and practitioners  to examine how participatory and interactive media can be used to enhance social justice initiatives. The goal of the Media Impact Assessment Working Group is to provide common strategies and frameworks for the measurement and assessment of documentary media-based engagement campaigns –...
Creating Critics: A Sundance-MIT-Indiewire initiative

Creating Critics: A Sundance-MIT-Indiewire initiative

    In 2013 and 2014, OpenDocLab graduate students attended the Sundance Film Festival as part of the Creating Critics program, a joint initiative between MIT and Sundance.  The students focus specifically on the New Frontier program, a program that showcases “films that expand, experiment with, and explode traditional storytelling.” This program is designed to foster critical dialogue that will support the current dynamics of innovation in documentary.  As disciplines...