The MIT Open Documentary Lab proudly welcomes our new Spring fellows. Each brings a unique blend of expertise and creativity, harnessing cutting-edge technologies and diverse media to challenge conventions, foster critical dialogue, and envision transformative futures.


Ruoyun Chen is an independent filmmaker and researcher in urban systems. She did her Master of Science and PhD at Cornell University, majoring in Transportation System Engineering and minoring in Information Science. She is a mentee in the Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program for Visual and Multidisciplinary Artists. Ruoyun joins the MIT Open Documentary Lab with her feature-length community co-created documentary project “We Swim Among Oceans” (working title), that showcases the lives of young Chinese diasporic poets who live and write across languages and regions.


Mandy Rose is Professor of Documentary & Digital Cultures at UWE Bristol. Her research investigates the relationship between technology and cultural form in evolving documentary. She is Co-Investigator on the UKRI Strength in Places My World programme. From 2017-2020 she was Co-Investigator on the EPSRC Virtual Realities: Immersive Documentary Encounters project. She is Co-Convenor of i-Docs. Mandy is on the Executive Board of Bristol’s Pervasive Media Studio. She is a Member-Director of The Bristol Cable. While at the OpenDocLab, Mandy is revisiting the broadcast archive of Video Nation, a participatory TV project from 1994 to 2000, to explore forms of remediation that would facilitate productive dialogue with contemporary life.


Kaiho Yu is a researcher and creative technologist. His expressive medium encompasses spatial experiences, games, virtual content and algorithmic explorations. He is currently teaching at University of Applied Arts Vienna and MIT Media Lab. He holds a Master of Architecture from SCI-Arc. While at OpenDocLab, he’ll be working on an investigation that delves into future-oriented food consumption, from the perspective of food chain, gastronomy culture, diet structure, climate and biodiversity. He will create a spatial mapping of the intangible elements of food consumption activities. With the data he collects, he will create a digital twin of the food chain in a game environment. The project aims to expose the public to its findings through exhibitions, workshops, and community activities.




They will join our community of returning fellows Diana Rico, David Tames, Damien McDuffie, Joanna Wright, Kidus Hailesilassie, Lamont Pearley, Lori Landay, Marjolaine Grappe, Max Musau, Meghna Singh, Natasha Blatsiou, Pierre-Christophe Gam, Sahar Sajadieh, and Simon Wood; creative technologist in residence Halsey Burgund; and senior co-creation research practitioner Rashin Fahandej. Read more about the fellows here.