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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.
Registration now open for our conference [May 6th and 7th]

Registration now open for our conference [May 6th and 7th]

MIT’s Open Documentary Lab, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Phi Centre are hosting a conference and exhibit, Virtually There: Documentary Meets Virtual Reality, on May 6th and May 7th, 2016....
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 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...
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 practices and digital journalism. The project launched in October 2014 with a convening at MIT, The New Reality: Exploring the Intersection of New Documentary Forms and Digital Journalism. Forty leading professionals from the worlds of interactive...
"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 simplified existence as articulated in his classic book Walden. Contrary to what many believe, Thoreau was not wholly against the technological advancements of his day. He saw advancements in technology and industry as being potentially useful,...
Upcoming conference in Berlín |Feb. 6th

Upcoming conference in Berlín |Feb. 6th

OpenDocLAb Fellow, Lara Baladi will take part in Anxious to Act, part of Conversation Piece Transmediale Berlin this February. On Saturday, February 6, Baladi will participate with her project Vox Populi, Archiving a Revolution in the Digital Age, in the Hybrid event, Five Years After moderated by Oliver Lerone Schultz. Following the panel, Baladi will take part in Tactical Media and the Archive, a workshop, moderated by David Garcia and Eric Kluitenberg. Under the name Conversation Piece, transmediale reboots the format of...
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 everyday lives and public landscape to the point that private sectors, news outlets, NGOs and even cities are now investing in their creation. Yet beyond usual audience polls and innovative measuring/tracking techniques, what do we know...