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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...
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...
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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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...
Last Week at ODL: #Mickey by Betzabé García, Gibrann Morgado and Blas Valdez

Last Week at ODL: #Mickey by Betzabé García, Gibrann Morgado and Blas Valdez

#Mickey by Betzabé García, Gibrann Morgado and Blas Valdez by Beyza Boyacioglu Last week at ODL, director Betzabé Garcia introduced her project #Mickey with her designer Gibrann Morgado and producer Blas Veldez. #Mickey is a cross-platform documentary about a gender-fluid Youtube celebrity from Sinaloa, Mexico. The project is comprised of a linear film annotated with augmented reality (AR) components and an interactive 360-degree video that uses WebVR technology. Through a multi-layered stylistic approach,...
Last Week at ODL: September 1955 by Deniz Tortum, Cagri Zaman and Nil Tuzcu

Last Week at ODL: September 1955 by Deniz Tortum, Cagri Zaman and Nil Tuzcu

Last Week at ODL: September 1955 by Deniz Tortum, Cagri Zaman and Nil Tuzcu by Beyza Boyacioglu Open Documentary Lab and Comparative Media Studies alumnus Deniz Tortum, together with his collaborator Cagri Zaman, visited our lab on Tuesday and spoke about the creative process behind their recent VR project September 1955. September 1955 is a 10-minute virtual reality documentary about the Istanbul Pogrom, a government-initiated attack on the minorities of Istanbul on...
ODL alum Deniz Tortum's 'Virtual Collaboration Research' wins DesignX

ODL alum Deniz Tortum’s ‘Virtual Collaboration Research’ wins DesignX

Open Documentary Lab alum Deniz Tortum’s team ‘Virtual Collaboration Research’ is selected for DesignX, the entrepreneurship accelerator from MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning(SA+P). Virtual Collaboration Research is developing Mediate, an artificial-intelligence-supported, speech-driven spatial markup tool for virtual reality, enabling designers and architects to work collaboratively inside virtual reality. Congrats Deniz!
Five Pillars of VR Storytelling by Julia Sourikoff

Five Pillars of VR Storytelling by Julia Sourikoff

Julia Sourikoff’s Five Pillars of VR Storytelling  by Beyza Boyacioglu Open Documentary Lab and VR@MIT, in partnership with Oculus Next Gen, invited Julia Sourikoff, Head of VR at Tool of North America, to deliver a lecture on the dos and don’ts of VR storytelling. Here are Sourikoff’s five pillars of VR storytelling and highlights from her lecture: Why VR: Transcendence and Empowerment Sourikoff began her lecture by emphasizing the psychology behind...
Dec 13: September 55 and #Mickey

Dec 13: September 55 and #Mickey

December 13, 2016, Morning Session September 55 by Cagri Zaman, Nil Tuzcu, and Deniz Tortum September 55 is a 10-minute virtual-reality documentary of the Istanbul Pogrom, a government-initiated organized attack on the minorities of Istanbul on September6-7, 1955. This interactive installation places the viewer in a reconstructed photography studio in the midst of the pogrom, allowing one to witness the events from the perspective of a local shop-owner. Drawing on the photographic archive of Maryam Sahinyan (1911-1996)...
Last Week at ODL: Glenn Ruga presents LiveZeke

Last Week at ODL: Glenn Ruga presents LiveZeke

Last Week at ODL: Glenn Ruga presents LiveZeke by Beyza Boyacioglu Glenn Ruga, the founder of Social Documentary Network website and the biannual ZEKE magazine, visited ODL last week and introduced his recent project LiveZEKE. Ruga is a graphic designer, social documentarian, and human rights activist. In 2008, he combined his two passions, design and photography, and created the Social Documentary Network – a website that offers online galleries to documentary photographers....
Last Week at ODL: Isabelle Raynauld, Univision Music and Paisley Smith

Last Week at ODL: Isabelle Raynauld, Univision Music and Paisley Smith

Last Week at ODL: Isabelle Raynauld, Univision Music and Paisley Smith by Beyza Boyacioglu We are excited to begin our weekly blog posts which will introduce the presenters from our weekly meetings and the topics we discuss to the wider documentary and media community. In addition to archiving our meetings, we hope this series serves as a good resource, and inspires further ideas, projects and research. If you are located in Cambridge, feel free to attend...
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 days, when competing consumer-grade VR systems together with massive capital investment and still-evolving user scenarios all generate a lot of noise, VR is in a state of interpretive flexibility. The conference sought to make use of...
COME/IN/DOC |Collaboration Definition [Part 1]

COME/IN/DOC |Collaboration Definition [Part 1]

SEASON 2 – EPISODE 2 – PART 1: ‘COLLABORATION DEFINITION’ Here you can access the first part of the second episode: [vimeo width=”580″ height=”330″]https://vimeo.com/176952615[/vimeo]   SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Matt Soar (Concordia University): In the name of nonlinear storytelling, I’m skeptical about words such as ‘interactivity’ or ‘collaboration’, because I’m not sure interactive docs can solve things which a linear film cannot. Judith Aston (i-docs): Collaboration can work...