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The OpenDocLab brings technologists, storytellers, and scholars together to advance the new arts of documentary.
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...
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....
Hacking VR Speaker Series: The Art and Science of VR Panel

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

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...
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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Last Week at ODL: TRUST (the presence of secrets) by Sarah Newman, Jessica Yurkofsky and Matthew Battles

Last Week at ODL: TRUST (the presence of secrets) by Sarah Newman, Jessica Yurkofsky and Matthew Battles

TRUST (the presence of secrets) by Sarah Newman, Jessica Yurkofsky and Matthew Battles Last week at ODL Sarah Newman, Jessica Yurkofsky and Matthew Battles described their work at Harvard’s metaLAB and presented Sarah and Jessica’s recent project TRUST (the presence of secrets). metaLAB, which is affiliated with Harvard Law School’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, is a small design lab, production studio and research group exploring technology’s role...
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. A look at a new virtual reality experience designed to encourage women of color to explore the medium’s potential. You sit in a pink-hued “neurocosmetology” lab, your feet dangling off the salon chair, tentacle-like electrodes hanging down...
Feb 21: Harvard metaLAB's Sarah Newman, Jessica Yurkofsky and Matthew Battles visit Open Documentary Lab

Feb 21: Harvard metaLAB’s Sarah Newman, Jessica Yurkofsky and Matthew Battles visit Open Documentary Lab

On Tuesday, Feb 21 at 12pm, Harvard metaLAB’s Sarah Newman, Jessica Yurkofsky and Matthew Battles will visit Open Documentary Lab to present their project TRUST (the presence of secrets). This event is open to public. TRUST (the presence of secrets) What are the personal, cultural, and political implications of digital correspondence? Into whose hands might our secrets fall? TRUST (the presence of secrets) is an interactive installation designed by Sarah...
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 in Indiewire. Sundance VR installations, including “Chasing Coral” and “An Inconvenient Sequel,” show the technology’s potential to affect change. The Sundance Film Festival has long included documentaries that tackle hot button issues, but this year some...
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...