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This weekend, join us for "Virtually There: Documentary Meets Virtual Reality"

This weekend, join us for “Virtually There: Documentary Meets Virtual Reality”

MIT’s Open Documentary Lab, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Phi Centre host Virtually There: Documentary Meets Virtual Reality, on May 6th and May 7th, 2016.
Moments of convergence and innovation between documentary film and interactive media, Part 5

Moments of convergence and innovation between documentary film and interactive media, Part 5

Moments of convergence and innovation between documentary film and interactive media: Decade 1950-1960 by Arnau Gifreu Castells To formulate a relevant concept for the interactive documentary field we need to explore some aspects of the two key areas: the documentary genre and the interactive medium. This new series presents a combined, parallel, and comparative historical chronology of these areas up to the present moment of confluence. The two stories we...
Moments of convergence and innovation between documentary film and interactive media, Part 3

Moments of convergence and innovation between documentary film and interactive media, Part 3

The Research Forum is OpenDocLab’s space for researchers to voice their opinions and test new theories. As part of our mission to promote the exchange of ideas about the new arts of documentary, we hope to encourage academic discussion and debate about these emerging forms by creating a place where researchers can develop ideas and interact with the field. The views presented here belong to their authors and will necessarily take different forms....
Moments of convergence and innovation between documentary film and interactive media, Part 2

Moments of convergence and innovation between documentary film and interactive media, Part 2

The Research Forum is OpenDocLab’s space for researchers to voice their opinions and test new theories. As part of our mission to promote the exchange of ideas about the new arts of documentary, we hope to encourage academic discussion and debate about these emerging forms by creating a place where researchers can develop ideas and interact with the field. The views presented here belong to their authors and will necessarily take different forms....
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...
The OpenDocLab is the recipient of an NEA grant!

The OpenDocLab is the recipient of an NEA grant!

The MIT Open Documentary Lab is a recipient of an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts! The grant will help the lab build a curated online database of interactive documentaries. Gathering examples of interactive documentaries from around the world, the open documentary database will be fully searchable and will include key information about projects. The database will keep pace with the rapidly growing number of interactive...
Tribeca Impact Assessment Project a Fledgling Fund Grantee

Tribeca Impact Assessment Project a Fledgling Fund Grantee

The Tribeca Film Institute‘s Social Justice Impact Assessment Project, created together with the MIT OpenDocLab, is a Fledgling Fund grantee! MIT is one of the organizations partnering with Tribeca to create a working group to assess the impact of social justice projects. So much incredible work is being done in the field of civic media, but how can project teams measure success and demonstrate impact? This is a key issue...
Documentary Object-ivity?

Documentary Object-ivity?

All documentary filmmakers are familiar with the debate over the meaning of objectivity in documentary. What about just the meaning of objects? One of the big themes at the Mozilla Festival 2012 was physical computing: turning the objects around us into digitally integrated machines, or pulling the world of the web into the physical world. Another was the move to web-native media-rich storytelling, with tools to push video into the...
Villa Victoria Documentary

Villa Victoria Documentary

First I would like to say thank you to the Civic Media group, particularly Becky and Sasha for their feedback and support. It was through them that I was extended the honor of posting my blog on the opendoc lab blog so that more people can become informed of this project. It is an attempt to do a collaboratively designed documentary. To date we have a committee of residents and...