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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.
Announcing the 2014-2015 MIT OpenDocLab Fellows

Announcing the 2014-2015 MIT OpenDocLab Fellows

The MIT Open Documentary Lab is pleased to announce its new fellows for the academic year 2014-2015.  This distinguished group of documentary storytellers and experts will be in residence at MIT to experiment with new techniques and technologies and explore new ways to tell stories, and create social impact. The...
Video Interview | Mike Robbins discusses iDoc Business Models

Video Interview | Mike Robbins discusses iDoc Business Models

The OpenDocLab team is pleased to welcome Arnau Gifreu Castells as an OpenDocLab visiting research affiliate. A Professor of Communication Studies at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and the Universitat de Vic (UVIC), Arnau is also a member of the i-Docs group. The Director of the UVIC_Lab, the Digital...
Storytelling UX: An Interview with Jeff Soyk on the Making of Hollow

Storytelling UX: An Interview with Jeff Soyk on the Making of Hollow

I sat down with art director and UX (user experience) designer Jeff Soyk to discuss the design process behind Hollow, a community-based interactive documentary about rural West Virginia directed by Elaine McMillion. Hollow was recently recognized with a Peabody Award and a 3rd Prize in the multimedia category at World Press...
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COME/IN/DOC - A new way to understand interactive documentaries

COME/IN/DOC – A new way to understand interactive documentaries

COME/IN/DOC – A new way to understand interactive documentaries There’s a growing need to understand a new formula to produce documentaries, the interactive documentaries, or webdocs. Here I introduce a new tool that can be helpful for you. This project has the support of the MIT Open Documentary Lab, i-docs, Docs Barcelona International Documentary Festival...

David Dufresne visits Open Doc Lab

David Dufresne visits ODL   Last week the Open Doc Lab was lucky enough to host an impromptu presentation with David Dufresne, creator of Fort McMoney, one of this year’s hottest interactive pieces. The project  was produced by Toxa, the National Film Board of Canada, and Arte with additional financial support from the Canada Media...
Fast Company | This Artist is Teaching Tech Execs How To Make Devices More Lovable

Fast Company | This Artist is Teaching Tech Execs How To Make Devices More Lovable

While working on his master’s thesis at the MIT Media Lab, OpenDocLab Research Affiliate Alexander Reben began developing his question-asking robot, BlabDroid.  In an article for Fast Company titled “This Artist is Teaching Tech Execs How to Make Devices More Lovable,” Josh Dzieza discusses the social, emotional, and technical implications of BlabDroid. The great paradox about...
April 15, 2014 MIT OpenDocLab Lunch with AIR's Localore

April 15, 2014 MIT OpenDocLab Lunch with AIR’s Localore

We’re pleased to invite AIR’s Localore production team to the Spring 2014 MIT Open Documentary Lab’s lunch speaker series. MIT Building E15-331 These events are open to the public.  RSVP required.
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...
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...