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The OpenDocLab brings technologists, storytellers, and scholars together to advance the new arts of documentary.
Immerse Q&A: The Hacking VR Speaker Series

Immerse Q&A: The Hacking VR Speaker Series

This spring, the MIT Open Documentary Lab hosted a series of talks by distinguished VR storytellers to explore how the medium is evolving and what works—or doesn’t. The Lab’s Beyza Boyacioglu and Sue Ding...
The Hacking VR Speaker Series: Vincent Morisset

The Hacking VR Speaker Series: Vincent Morisset

Creating with immersive and interactive tools. Is there even a box? Rethinking the rules of immersive storytelling. Meet one of the leading voices in innovation, interactive medium and creative digital artwork. Vincent Morisset is...
The Hacking VR Speaker Series: Karen Vanderborght

The Hacking VR Speaker Series: Karen Vanderborght

How is Virtual Reality applied to non-fiction stories and languages? From 360 video to interactive and mixed-reality productions, Karen Vanderborght shares her work in innovative VR applications for news and education. About the Speaker:...
The Hacking VR Speaker Series: Ubisoft's Vicki Ferguson & Olivier Palmieri

The Hacking VR Speaker Series: Ubisoft’s Vicki Ferguson & Olivier Palmieri

Game culture and game design have long been thinking about user experience, interaction and emergent narratives. How is VR changing gameplay? Are games driving current trends in VR? What can documentarians and other storytellers...
The Hacking VR Speaker Series: Eloi Champagne

The Hacking VR Speaker Series: Eloi Champagne

The National Film Board of Canada is one of the leading forces of VR for both linear and interactive productions. Learn more about their inspirations, decisions and workflows, from production, conceptualization and developing new...
The Hacking VR Speaker Series: Arnaud Colinart

The Hacking VR Speaker Series: Arnaud Colinart

A walk through an innovative and groundbreaking award-winning project, Notes on Blindness, from ideation to production, post-production and distribution. About the Speaker: Arnaud Colinart is producer and creative director at AGAT Films & Cie...
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....
The Hacking VR Speaker Series: The Art and Science of VR Panel

The 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...
The Hacking VR Speaker Series: Brian Chirls on webVR

The 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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Last Hacking VR talk: Jessica Brillhart from GoogleVR

Last Hacking VR talk: Jessica Brillhart from GoogleVR

We are coming to an end in our Hacking VR Speaker Series. It was an honor to host Vincent Morisset, Brian Chirls, Karen Vanderborght, Arnaud Colinart, Eloi Champagne, Vicki Ferguson & Olivier Palmieri this semester and pick their brain on VR production, ethics, distribution, and more! If you missed the talks, don’t worry, watch the lecture videos here. The series is coming to an end this Tuesday at 12pm with a...
April 25: Maureen Towey from The New York Times visits ODL

April 25: Maureen Towey from The New York Times visits ODL

Join us for a talk by Maureen Towey on April 25 at 12pm at Open Doc Lab! 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 a contributing photo editor at The New York Times Magazine where she produced their 2015 Great Performers series and their 2016 Olympic portfolio. In the...
April 18: Rus Gant visits ODL

April 18: Rus Gant visits ODL

Join us for a talk by Rus Gant on April 18 at 12pm at Open Doc Lab! Rus Gant is a well-regarded international 3D artist, computer engineer and educator. Currently on the Research staff at Harvard University and the faculty at Tokyo’s Showa Women’s University, he is currently pursuing work in the future of real-time 3D computer graphics and virtual reality. He is the Director of the Visualization Research and...
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. The proposal would end funding for the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and significantly reduce funding for research in the sciences. Our lab is founded...
April 4: StoryHackers & Sandra Barrón Ramírez visit ODL

April 4: StoryHackers & Sandra Barrón Ramírez visit ODL

On April 4 at 12pm, Nieman Foundation fellow Sandra Barrón Ramírez, and María Laura Ruggiero and Gia Castello from StoryHackers will be at Open Documentary Lab to discuss their recent work. SeirenFilms is a transmedia storytelling and experiential design company based in Argentina. Ranging from Film to VR, from documentaries to interactive installations, this lab explores new narratives in the digital universe combining a passion for stories and poetry and a love...
The Hacking VR Speaker Series: The Art and Science of VR Panel

The 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 the limits of immersive experiences? What are the affordances and impact of VR from narrative and scientific perspectives? This interdisciplinary panel brings together VR creators whose stories focus on real human lived conditions, Arnaud Colinart of...
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...
The Hacking VR Speaker Series: Brian Chirls on webVR

The 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: