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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....
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...
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...
COME/IN/DOC |Collaboration Definition [Part 4]

COME/IN/DOC |Collaboration Definition [Part 4]

SEASON 2 – EPISODE 2 – PART 4: ‘COLLABORATION DEFINITION’  Here you can access the fourth part of the second episode: [vimeo width=”580″ height=”330″]https://vimeo.com/176952616[/vimeo]   SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Andre Almeida (Film...
Hacking VR Course at MIT

Hacking VR Course at MIT

This coming semester, Open Documentary Lab’s William Uricchio, Sandra Rodriguez and Deniz Tortum will be teaching the Hacking VR course at the Comparative Media Studies department. Course Description Mens et manus … mind and hand...
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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Last Week at ODL: September 1955 by Deniz Tortum, Cagri Zaman and Nil Tuzcu

Last Week at ODL: September 1955 by Deniz Tortum, Cagri Zaman and Nil Tuzcu

Last Week at ODL: September 1955 by Deniz Tortum, Cagri Zaman and Nil Tuzcu by Beyza Boyacioglu Open Documentary Lab and Comparative Media Studies alumnus Deniz Tortum, together with his collaborator Cagri Zaman, visited our lab on Tuesday and spoke about the creative process behind their recent VR project September 1955. September 1955 is a 10-minute virtual reality documentary about the Istanbul Pogrom, a government-initiated attack on the minorities of Istanbul on...
ODL alum Deniz Tortum's 'Virtual Collaboration Research' wins DesignX

ODL alum Deniz Tortum’s ‘Virtual Collaboration Research’ wins DesignX

Open Documentary Lab alum Deniz Tortum’s team ‘Virtual Collaboration Research’ is selected for DesignX, the entrepreneurship accelerator from MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning(SA+P). Virtual Collaboration Research is developing Mediate, an artificial-intelligence-supported, speech-driven spatial markup tool for virtual reality, enabling designers and architects to work collaboratively inside virtual reality. Congrats Deniz!
Five Pillars of VR Storytelling by Julia Sourikoff

Five Pillars of VR Storytelling by Julia Sourikoff

Julia Sourikoff’s Five Pillars of VR Storytelling  by Beyza Boyacioglu Open Documentary Lab and VR@MIT, in partnership with Oculus Next Gen, invited Julia Sourikoff, Head of VR at Tool of North America, to deliver a lecture on the dos and don’ts of VR storytelling. Here are Sourikoff’s five pillars of VR storytelling and highlights from her lecture: Why VR: Transcendence and Empowerment Sourikoff began her lecture by emphasizing the psychology behind...
Dec 13: September 55 and #Mickey

Dec 13: September 55 and #Mickey

December 13, 2016, Morning Session September 55 by Cagri Zaman, Nil Tuzcu, and Deniz Tortum September 55 is a 10-minute virtual-reality documentary of the Istanbul Pogrom, a government-initiated organized attack on the minorities of Istanbul on September6-7, 1955. This interactive installation places the viewer in a reconstructed photography studio in the midst of the pogrom, allowing one to witness the events from the perspective of a local shop-owner. Drawing on the photographic archive of Maryam Sahinyan (1911-1996)...
Last Week at ODL: Glenn Ruga presents LiveZeke

Last Week at ODL: Glenn Ruga presents LiveZeke

Last Week at ODL: Glenn Ruga presents LiveZeke by Beyza Boyacioglu Glenn Ruga, the founder of Social Documentary Network website and the biannual ZEKE magazine, visited ODL last week and introduced his recent project LiveZEKE. Ruga is a graphic designer, social documentarian, and human rights activist. In 2008, he combined his two passions, design and photography, and created the Social Documentary Network – a website that offers online galleries to documentary photographers....
Last Week at ODL: Isabelle Raynauld, Univision Music and Paisley Smith

Last Week at ODL: Isabelle Raynauld, Univision Music and Paisley Smith

Last Week at ODL: Isabelle Raynauld, Univision Music and Paisley Smith by Beyza Boyacioglu We are excited to begin our weekly blog posts which will introduce the presenters from our weekly meetings and the topics we discuss to the wider documentary and media community. In addition to archiving our meetings, we hope this series serves as a good resource, and inspires further ideas, projects and research. If you are located in Cambridge, feel free to attend...
Sara Rafsky | Research Assistant

Sara Rafsky | Research Assistant

Sara Rafsky joins CMS and the Open Documentary Lab after working in Mexico City as Researcher on Central America at Amnesty International. Before that she was the Americas Research Associate for the Committee to Protect Journalists in New York, where she reported on press freedom in Latin American and the United States. Previously, she wrote about culture and politics as a freelance journalist in New York, South America and Southeast...
Beyza Boyacioglu | Project Manager

Beyza Boyacioglu | Project Manager

Beyza Boyacioglu is an award-winning documentarian and media artist from Istanbul. Her projects explore issues of gender and identity, and almost always include an element of music. Currently she is producing a cross-platform documentary about Turkey’s queer pop legend Zeki Müren. The project includes an interactive web experience Zeki Müren Hotline that was premiered at IDFA DocLab 2016 and a feature length documentary which is currently in production. Her previous film Toñita’s was produced...
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 days, when competing consumer-grade VR systems together with massive capital investment and still-evolving user scenarios all generate a lot of noise, VR is in a state of interpretive flexibility. The conference sought to make use of...
COME/IN/DOC |Collaboration Definition [Part 1]

COME/IN/DOC |Collaboration Definition [Part 1]

SEASON 2 – EPISODE 2 – PART 1: ‘COLLABORATION DEFINITION’ Here you can access the first part of the second episode: [vimeo width=”580″ height=”330″]https://vimeo.com/176952615[/vimeo]   SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Matt Soar (Concordia University): In the name of nonlinear storytelling, I’m skeptical about words such as ‘interactivity’ or ‘collaboration’, because I’m not sure interactive docs can solve things which a linear film cannot. Judith Aston (i-docs): Collaboration can work...