Welcome to the MIT Open Documentary Lab

The OpenDocLab brings technologists, storytellers, and scholars together to advance the new arts of documentary.
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...
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...
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...
Last Week at ODL: Brian Chirls on webVR

Last Week at ODL: 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...
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....
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...
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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Feb 14: Julie Mallozzi visits Open Documentary Lab

Feb 14: Julie Mallozzi visits Open Documentary Lab

Director/DP/Editor Julie Mallozzi’s films explore the ways cultural traditions from around the globe intersect, hybridize, and are turned to new social purposes far from their original context. Her films have won awards at festivals around the world and have screened in museums, universities, and on public television. Mallozzi also produces videos and transmedia projects for community organizations, and actively works as a freelance producer and editor in Boston’s lively documentary...
Feb 7: Kurt Ralske visits Open Documentary Lab

Feb 7: Kurt Ralske visits Open Documentary Lab

Kurt Ralske’s video installations and performances enact a dialogue with history: an exploration of the past that proposes a new view of the future. His work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Venice Biennale in 2009 and 2015, the Guggenheim Bilbao, and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. His 2016 solo exhibition Jean-Luc Godard Dataset deployed data-science techniques on the oeuvre of the French director’s films — not...
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 Director): It’s difficult to describe this term. It can be a shared authorship like for Youtube, or 18 Days in Egypt, or a more modest collaboration. Adrian Miles (RMIT University): There are two things: the set...
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 … Hacking VR will engage both. What better way to explore a new technology than to push it to its limits, to break it, to re-imagine it, and to rebuild it in unexpected ways? Offered as...
COME/IN/DOC |Collaboration Definition [Part 2]

COME/IN/DOC |Collaboration Definition [Part 2]

SEASON 2 – EPISODE 2 – PART 2: ‘COLLABORATION DEFINITION’ Here you can access the second part of the second episode: [vimeo width=”580″ height=”330″]https://vimeo.com/176952614[/vimeo]   SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Sharon Daniel (University California Santa Cruz): Collaboration means a lot of different things: you can collaborate with someone else in making a project, or you can collaborate with someone who’s providing the story, to quote some of the processes....
Lara Baladi

Lara Baladi

Lara Baladi is an internationally recognized multi-disciplinary Egyptian artist. Baladi applies archives, investigations of myths, and personal narratives to a range of mediums including architectural and video installations. Baladi publishes and exhibits worldwide. Her works are part of a number of institutional and private collections. She has been a board member of the Arab Image Foundation since its creation in 1997. During the 2011 Egyptian uprising, Baladi co-founded two media...
Cindy Sherman Bishop

Cindy Sherman Bishop

Cindy Sherman Bishop is a visual artist and creative coder. She pushes interactive experiences into the world of 3D and immersive technology, employing the art of play as well as of aesthetics. Her interactive filmic pieces have exhibited locally and around the country.  At the MIT OpenDocLab, she will be workshopping her new transmedia project, The Dollhouse, and related NLP (Natural Language Processing) tools. When she needs to get away...
Heidi Boisvert

Heidi Boisvert

Heidi Boisvert is a new media artist, creative technologist, experience designer, researcher and writer. She founded and serves as the CEO and Creative Director of the futurePerfect lab, a boutique creative agency that works with non-profits to develop imaginative applications of integrated media and emerging technology. Heidi was formerly the Media Director at Breakthrough where she designed, developed and promoted a range of viral, new media and pop culture campaigns...
Halsey Burgund

Halsey Burgund

After getting a degree in geophysics, designing and building furniture, and working in the high tech industry, Halsey Burgund is now a sound artist and musician. He works primarily with spoken voices in combination with traditional and electronic instruments in both audio installations and musical performances.  Recently, his work has focused on contributory location-based audio installations for which he developed Roundware, a distributed platform for collecting, organizing, and re-presenting media...
Callum Cooper

Callum Cooper

Callum Cooper is an artist and filmmaker. His work covers a spectrum of the moving image from traditional, linear filmmaking to interactive technology driven artworks. Cooper’s works are participatory in either their process, content or viewing experience. His linear films have screened internationally including Sundance 2011 (nominated best narrative short film) and Sundance 2013 (Jury Prize Focus Forward, short documentary). Cooper’s non-linear work has been extensively exhibited including the Barbican...