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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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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...
Marisa Jahn: Macaronic Dialogues and Interactive Media, Part 1

Marisa Jahn: Macaronic Dialogues and Interactive Media, Part 1

Macaronic Dialogues and Interactive Media by Marisa Jahn (REV-) *    *    *    *    *    * Marisa. Artist type. Rough around the edges. Melissa. Sharp and well-read, but not an academic; well-groomed, well-poised. Lives in the Upper West Side of Manhattan (a liberal and upscale neighborhood); runs a part-time design blog and is...
Research Forum | Moments of convergence and innovation between documentary film and interactive media, Part 1

Research Forum | Moments of convergence and innovation between documentary film and interactive media, Part 1

The Research Forum is OpenDocLab’s space for researchers to voice their opinions and test new theories. As part of our mission to promote the exchange of ideas about the new arts of documentary, we hope to encourage academic discussion and debate about these emerging forms by creating a place where researchers can develop ideas and interact with the...
February 18 MIT OpenDocLab Talk with Bjarke Myrthu

February 18 MIT OpenDocLab Talk with Bjarke Myrthu

Please join the MIT Open Documentary Lab for a talk with Bjarke Myrthu on Tuesday, February 18. MIT Building E15-331 These events are open to the public.
Notes from Sundance: "Beyond Butts in Seats and Tweets"

Notes from Sundance: “Beyond Butts in Seats and Tweets”

Sundance’s New Frontier hosted a panel, Beyond Butts in Seats and Tweets, How Do We Know Films Are Making a Difference? at Sundance 2014. It  prompted a lively discussion about the challenges and possibilities for filmmakers who want to measure the social impact of their films.   Below is a loose transcript of the panel and...
Filmmaker Magazine | MIT Open Documentary Lab Launches _docubase

Filmmaker Magazine | MIT Open Documentary Lab Launches _docubase

Filmmaker Magazine features The MIT Open Documentary Lab’s _docubase in “MIT Open Documentary Lab Launches _docubase,” an article by Sarah Salovaara. “As a consumer of new media – to say nothing of its makers – how does one go about keeping abreast of the emerging form’s constant developments? MIT Open Documentary Lab hopes to keep interested parties up to speed with _docubase, a...
Documentary Magazine | New Models in Documentary Education

Documentary Magazine | New Models in Documentary Education

Laura Almo surveys the MIT OpenDocLab in her article “New Models in Documentary Education: Labs at MIT and Harvard Move the Form Forward,” published in the International Documentary Foundation’s Documentary Magazine. “The MIT Open Documentary Lab, which launched just over a year ago, is fertile ground for all things new media and interactive storytelling. As it is rooted in MIT’s...
February 26, 2014 MIT OpenDocLab Lunch

February 26, 2014 MIT OpenDocLab Lunch

We’re pleased to announce Paul Turano as the first speaker in the Spring 2014 MIT Open Documentary Lab’s lunch speaker series. MIT Building E15-331 These events are open to the public.  RSVP required.
How Sundance's New Frontier Section Confronts Age-Old Ideas and New Questions

How Sundance’s New Frontier Section Confronts Age-Old Ideas and New Questions

by Desi Gonzalez Now in its eighth year, New Frontier is the Sundance Film Festival’s series highlighting innovation and experimentation in storytelling. For many festivalgoers, the works in the New Frontier exhibition are unfamiliar territory, ranging from participatory installations and projection mappings to performance and virtual reality. It’s also fairly young terrain for the programmers...
Video Interview | Mandy Rose discusses iDoc Business Models

Video Interview | Mandy Rose 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 Content Laboratory at UVIC, he...
Video Interview | Mandy Rose on Authorship and New Logics in Interactive Documentary

Video Interview | Mandy Rose on Authorship and New Logics in Interactive Documentary

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 Content Laboratory at UVIC, he...