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The OpenDocLab brings technologists, storytellers, and scholars together to advance the new arts of documentary.
Interview with ODL fellow Callum Cooper on Sundance New Frontier Story Lab

Interview with ODL fellow Callum Cooper on Sundance New Frontier Story Lab

Photo courtesy of 2017 Sundance Institute | Photo by Jonathan Hickerson Open Doc Lab fellow Callum Cooper was selected to participate in Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Story Lab with his work-in-progress project Porton Down. We...
At ODL with Jessica Brillhart - Principal Filmmaker for VR at Google

At ODL with Jessica Brillhart – Principal Filmmaker for VR at Google

At ODL with Jessica Brillhart – Principal Filmmaker for VR at Google By Sara Rafsky To conclude its semester-long Hacking VR Speaker Series, ODL hosted Jessica Brillhart on May 2 to discuss her latest...
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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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:
March 7: Julia Yezbick visits Open Documentary Lab

March 7: Julia Yezbick visits Open Documentary Lab

Julia Yezbick will visit Open Documentary Lab on March 7 at 12pm to present excerpts of her recent work, Into the Hinterlands (2015), and How to Rust (2016) and discussing her practice as a filmmaker-anthropologist. Julia Yezbick is a Detroit-based filmmaker, artist, and anthropologist who received her PhD in Media Anthropology and Critical Media Practice from Harvard University in 2016. Her work has been shown at international festivals and venues including...
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 Art, Science & Technology. The series is free and open to the public. Reservations recommended.
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...