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The OpenDocLab brings technologists, storytellers, and scholars together to advance the new arts of documentary.
May 8: Isabelle Anouk Bourduas from MinorityVR visits ODL

May 8: Isabelle Anouk Bourduas from MinorityVR visits ODL

Join us for a talk by Isabelle Anouk Bourduas from MinorityVR on May 8 at 12pm at the Open Doc Lab! About the Speaker: After obtaining her MFA in Film Production from The American Film...
Last Week at ODL: Maureen Towey from 360 News at The NYTimes

Last Week at ODL: Maureen Towey from 360 News at The NYTimes

  About the Speaker Maureen Towey is a director, producer, and visual journalist working across mediums. She is currently the Senior Producer for 360 News at The New York Times. Towey has worked as...
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....
Hacking VR Speaker Series: The Art and Science of VR Panel

Hacking VR Speaker Series: The Art and Science of VR Panel

How does our brain react to VR? How can neurobiology help us tell more effective stories? What can scientists learn from VR storytelling? And how do creative VR makers work with scientists to push...
Hacking VR Speaker Series: Brian Chirls on webVR

Hacking VR Speaker Series: Brian Chirls on webVR

The Hacking VR Speaker Series began with a talk by Brian Chirls on webVR. This series is presented by MIT Open Documentary Lab and MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology, and supported by MacArthur...
The Hacking VR Speaker Series

The Hacking VR Speaker Series

The Hacking VR Speaker Series Offered in Spring 2017 in conjunction with the MIT class Hacking VR, Hacking VR Speaker Series is presented by the MIT Open Documentary Lab and the MIT Center for...
Virtually There Conference Case Study

Virtually There Conference Case Study

Virtually There conference gathered together leading makers, technologists, academics, curators, and critics for two days of intensive demonstrations and discussions regarding the possibilities and implications of using VR for documentary. In these still early...
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Update or Die: Future Proofing Emerging Digital Documentary Forms

Update or Die: Future Proofing Emerging Digital Documentary Forms

A one-day conference curated by the MIT Open Documentary Lab and Phi, in collaboration with IDFA DocLab and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. Purchase a ticket here. Unstable platforms, rapidly changing technologies, and shifting investment priorities are the new normal in today’s media landscape. As attention turns to the next big thing, digital games, artwork, interactive news features, and web-based documentaries made as recently as five years ago face...
Last Week at ODL: Julia Yezbick

Last Week at ODL: Julia Yezbick

Last week at Open Documentary Lab, Julia Yezbick discussed her work as a documentary filmmaker-anthropologist and situated her practice within the traditions of both fields. Usually based in Detroit, Yezbick is currently teaching in the anthropology department  at Harvard University, where she received her PhD in Media Anthropology and Critical Media Practice in 2016, Yezbick began by discussing how studying the foundational concepts behind the fields of anthropology, ethnographic and...
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 Speaker Series: Brian Chirls on webVR

Hacking VR Speaker Series: Brian Chirls on webVR

The Hacking VR Speaker Series began with a talk by Brian Chirls on webVR. This series is presented by MIT Open Documentary Lab and MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology, and supported by MacArthur Foundation. Watch the video here:
March 7: Julia Yezbick visits Open Documentary Lab

March 7: Julia Yezbick visits Open Documentary Lab

Julia Yezbick will visit Open Documentary Lab on March 7 at 12pm to present excerpts of her recent work, Into the Hinterlands (2015), and How to Rust (2016) and discussing her practice as a filmmaker-anthropologist. Julia Yezbick is a Detroit-based filmmaker, artist, and anthropologist who received her PhD in Media Anthropology and Critical Media Practice from Harvard University in 2016. Her work has been shown at international festivals and venues including...
The Hacking VR Speaker Series

The Hacking VR Speaker Series

The Hacking VR Speaker Series Offered in Spring 2017 in conjunction with the MIT class Hacking VR, Hacking VR Speaker Series is presented by the MIT Open Documentary Lab and the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology. The series is free and open to the public. Reservations recommended.
Last Week at ODL: TRUST (the presence of secrets) by Sarah Newman, Jessica Yurkofsky and Matthew Battles

Last Week at ODL: TRUST (the presence of secrets) by Sarah Newman, Jessica Yurkofsky and Matthew Battles

TRUST (the presence of secrets) by Sarah Newman, Jessica Yurkofsky and Matthew Battles Last week at ODL Sarah Newman, Jessica Yurkofsky and Matthew Battles described their work at Harvard’s metaLAB and presented Sarah and Jessica’s recent project TRUST (the presence of secrets). metaLAB, which is affiliated with Harvard Law School’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, is a small design lab, production studio and research group exploring technology’s role...
Afrofuturist Virtual Reality Installation Reimagines the Future for Women Of Color

Afrofuturist Virtual Reality Installation Reimagines the Future for Women Of Color

Afrofuturist Virtual Reality Installation Reimagines the Future for Women Of Color Open Doc Lab researcher Sue Ding reports from this year’s New Frontier exhibition at Sundance Film Festival. This article was originally featured in Indiewire. A look at a new virtual reality experience designed to encourage women of color to explore the medium’s potential. You sit in a pink-hued “neurocosmetology” lab, your feet dangling off the salon chair, tentacle-like electrodes hanging down...
Feb 21: Harvard metaLAB's Sarah Newman, Jessica Yurkofsky and Matthew Battles visit Open Documentary Lab

Feb 21: Harvard metaLAB’s Sarah Newman, Jessica Yurkofsky and Matthew Battles visit Open Documentary Lab

On Tuesday, Feb 21 at 12pm, Harvard metaLAB’s Sarah Newman, Jessica Yurkofsky and Matthew Battles will visit Open Documentary Lab to present their project TRUST (the presence of secrets). This event is open to public. TRUST (the presence of secrets) What are the personal, cultural, and political implications of digital correspondence? Into whose hands might our secrets fall? TRUST (the presence of secrets) is an interactive installation designed by Sarah...
VR in the Real World: How an Emerging Technology Could Change the World

VR in the Real World: How an Emerging Technology Could Change the World

VR in the Real World: How an Emerging Technology Could Change the World Open Doc Lab researcher Sara Rafsky reports from this year’s New Frontier exhibition at Sundance Film Festival. This article was originally featured in Indiewire. Sundance VR installations, including “Chasing Coral” and “An Inconvenient Sequel,” show the technology’s potential to affect change. The Sundance Film Festival has long included documentaries that tackle hot button issues, but this year some...