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Welcome to the MIT Open Documentary Lab

The OpenDocLab brings technologists, storytellers, and scholars together to advance the new arts of documentary.
Virtually There: Documentary Meets Virtual Reality

Virtually There: Documentary Meets Virtual Reality

Our recent conference brought together scholars, technologists, and artists from around the globe to discuss the language, implications, and future of virtual reality and documentary. Watch the full livestream here. VR is capturing the imagination...
COME/IN/DOC - Documentary series launch on Open Doclab's website!

COME/IN/DOC – Documentary series launch on Open Doclab’s website!

  COME/IN/DOC – Collaborative Meta Interactive Documentary – is a transmedia meta-documentary that reflects on the interactive documentary. It consists of 3 interconnected parts: a documentary series, a multimedia platform and exhibitions. This is...
Charting Documentary’s Futures | An Interview with William Uricchio [Part Four]

Charting Documentary’s Futures | An Interview with William Uricchio [Part Four]

Originally published in Confessions of an Aca-Fan, the original Weblog of Henry Jenkins. Charting Documentary’s Futures: An Interview with William Uricchio [Part Four] The report’s focus on immersion as a dimension of news and...
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...
"Walden, a game," presented by Tracy Fullerton [Feb. 9th at the Open Doc Lab]

“Walden, a game,” presented by Tracy Fullerton [Feb. 9th at the Open Doc Lab]

“Walden, a game,” presented by the game’s designer Tracy Fullerton, Director of the USC Game Innovation Lab. Walden, a game, is an experiment in play about an experiment in living, simulating Thoreau’s experience living a...
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...
Latest entries
COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Explosion of the Form [Part 3]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Explosion of the Form [Part 3]

SEASON 1 – EPISODE 2 – PART 3: ‘INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY EXPLOSION OF THE FORM’ Here you can access the third part of the second episode: SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Claire Leproust (Fablabchannel): There are no boundaries in terms of the author: anyone can broadcast their content. Katerina Cizek (Highrise): Since 2008 there has been a lot of attention, more festivals and academic interest and more work has been done. But...
COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Explosion of the Form [Part 2]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Explosion of the Form [Part 2]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Explosion of the Form [Part 2] SEASON 1 – EPISODE 2 – PART 2: ‘INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY EXPLOSION OF THE FORM’ Here you can access the second part of the second episode: SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Katie Edgerton (MIT Open Documentary Lab Alumni): People are becoming more literate and more excited about telling stories online, interacting with narratives and expecting a sort of engagement.  The videogame...
COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Explosion of the Form [Part 1]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Explosion of the Form [Part 1]

SEASON 1 – EPISODE 2 – PART 1: ‘INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY EXPLOSION OF THE FORM’ Here you can access the first part of the second episode:   SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Brian Winston (University of Lincoln): I don’t think the image of an explosion in i-docs is a particularly useful way of thinking about it. I think we’re reaching the end of the road again. We reached the end of the...
COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Evolution [Part 4]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Evolution [Part 4]

  SEASON 1 – EPISODE 1 – PART 4: ‘INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY EVOLUTION’ Here you can access the fourth part of the first episode: SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Kate Nash (University of Leeds): I would say it’s a natural evolution and new at the same time. Funding and audiences are two things that have to be taken into account. Can I sit on the fence? Hugues Sweeney (National Film Board of Canada): In...
COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Evolution [Part 3]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Evolution [Part 3]

  SEASON 1 – EPISODE 1 – PART 3: ‘INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY EVOLUTION’ Here you can access the third part of the first episode: SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Nonny de la Peña (Emblematic Group): The immersive piece allows the human spirit to see the intensity of the experience, which is an experiment that hasn’t been made before. Christopher Allen (UnionDocs): There’s a relationship between the linear and interactive form but interactive documentaries are...
COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Evolution [Part 2]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Evolution [Part 2]

  SEASON 1 – EPISODE 1 – PART 2: ‘INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY EVOLUTION’ Here you can access the second part of the first episode: SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Andre Almeida (Film Director): First we need to consider how much good work has been done in linear documentaries and how much we can learn from the linear form. The next step is to incorporate this knowledge into interactive productions… Katie Edgerton (MIT...
COME/IN/DOC Series launched!

COME/IN/DOC Series launched!

  The premiere of the COME/IN/DOC documentary series will be on March 3, on the  Open Documentary Lab and i-Docs websites simultaneously. From this point on during the following year, a part of each episode will be launched every week (March 2016-March 2017). The episodes will be released exclusively on the website of Open Documentary Lab and two weeks later on the website of COME/IN/DOC. SEASON 1 – EPISODE 1: INTERACTIVE...
COME/IN/DOC - Documentary series launch on Open Doclab's website!

COME/IN/DOC – Documentary series launch on Open Doclab’s website!

  COME/IN/DOC – Collaborative Meta Interactive Documentary – is a transmedia meta-documentary that reflects on the interactive documentary. It consists of 3 interconnected parts: a documentary series, a multimedia platform and exhibitions. This is the result of 4 years of intensive research (2012-2016) conducting interviews with 60 experts in the field of interactive documentary with the aim of answering a basic question: what is an interactive documentary? From this starting...
Charting Documentary’s Futures | An Interview with William Uricchio [Part Three]

Charting Documentary’s Futures | An Interview with William Uricchio [Part Three]

Originally published in Confessions of an Aca-Fan, the original Weblog of Henry Jenkins. Charting Documentary’s Futures | An Interview with William Uricchio [Part Three] On the documentary side, the American public has probably never had access to as many different documentaries as they do now — more are playing on television, more are getting theatrical runs, more are playing on the festival circuit, more are available through online platforms. So,...
Charting Documentary’s Futures | An Interview with William Uricchio [Part Four]

Charting Documentary’s Futures | An Interview with William Uricchio [Part Four]

Originally published in Confessions of an Aca-Fan, the original Weblog of Henry Jenkins. Charting Documentary’s Futures: An Interview with William Uricchio [Part Four] The report’s focus on immersion as a dimension of news and documentary may be new to many readers, despite the New York Time’s recent venture into virtual reality. So, can you share a bit more about the current state of immersive journalism and why you think this...
Charting Documentary’s Futures | An Interview with William Uricchio [Part Two]

Charting Documentary’s Futures | An Interview with William Uricchio [Part Two]

Originally published in Confessions of an Aca-Fan, the original Weblog of Henry Jenkins. Charting Documentary’s Futures: An Interview with William Uricchio [Part Two] You argue that the story should dictate the form, yet many aspects of the form of American journalism — the inverted pyramid for example and the core shape of the lead paragraph — have remain fixed without regard to the story. Some traditional journalists would argue that...
Charting Documentary’s Futures | An Interview with William Uricchio [Part One]

Charting Documentary’s Futures | An Interview with William Uricchio [Part One]

Profile: William Uricchio of MIT’s Open Documentary Lab from Submarine Channel on Vimeo. Originally published in Confessions of an Aca-Fan, the original Weblog of Henry Jenkins. Charting Documentary’s Futures: An Interview with William Uricchio [Part One] For the better part of a decade, William Uricchio and I worked side by side, partners in crime, as we forged the Comparative Media Studies program at MIT. I came to lean heavily on...