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OpenDocLab awarded a grant to study the intersection of New Documentary forms and Digital Journalism

OpenDocLab awarded a grant to study the intersection of New Documentary forms and Digital Journalism

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...
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...
Halsey Burgund | Roundware

Halsey Burgund | Roundware

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...
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...
David Dufresne | Off Side

David Dufresne | Off Side

Sports and Money. Money and Sports. OFF SIDE is an investigative game about both the good and the dark sides of sports business. OpenDocLab fellow David Dufresne has the idea to go even deeper and further exploring digital storytelling and the role of the user inside a game than he did with  www.fortmcmoney.com.   At MIT,  David Dufresne will research the following questions:...
Tina Gharavi | From the Plantation to the Penitentiary

Tina Gharavi | From the Plantation to the Penitentiary

From the Plantation to the Penitentiary is a documentary by OpenDocLab Fellow Tina Gharavi.  It confronts the worsening social issues arising from the current prison-for-profit system. A film that puts front and centre social injustice, political corruption, and racial inequality in America today—asking whether America needs to re-examine its past in order to be able to...
Suvi Helminen | FLUX

Suvi Helminen | FLUX

During OpenDocLab Fellow Suvi Helminen’s residency, she has been working on Flux, an interactive web documentary exploring gender identity as a social construct. The user travels through a portal to visit Flux, an alternate world where gender is negotiated, fluid, and not given. The narrative will be personalized and adapt to each individual user; it...
Marisa Jahn | Immersive Media & Low Wage Workers

Marisa Jahn | Immersive Media & Low Wage Workers

OpenDocLab Research Affiliate Marisa Jahn is currently investigating transmedia storytelling strategies related to several projects she initiated:El Bibliobandido (or ‘story thief’), an ongoing living legend built around a story-eating bandit who terrorizes little kids until they offer him stories they’ve written; Video Slink Uganda, a project that transposes experimental videos by African diaspora video artists into the...
Karim Ben Khelifa| The Enemy

Karim Ben Khelifa| The Enemy

Via an immersive augmented-reality installation and an app for tablets and mobiles The Enemy project, by OpenDocLab Fellow Karim Ben Khelifa, attempts to jolt the audience (visitors and viewers) out of the role of passive bystanders who observe never-ending conflicts from a distance, by placing them in the space between two adversaries. The audience will...

Andrew Lowenthal | Video for Change

The Video for Change Impact Project, by OpenDocLab Fellow Andrew Lowenthal, explores the work of short form, citizen video initiatives predominantly from the Global South. Working in collaboration with the video4change network the research explores participation, process, and ethics as key elements in the impact pathway. It also includes a focus on participation and networks in the...
Marie-José Montpetit| Social TV

Marie-José Montpetit| Social TV

In her work, Research Scientist Marie-José Montpetit asks: How can communities be built around TV content in the age of constant connectivity? TV was always social. The original technological design, content programming, and business model of television relied on it being a social medium: TV’s were too expensive to be personal. They were designed for thousands...
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...