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Curating VR: Catherine Allen offers lessons learnt

Virtual Reality is increasingly ever-present at arts venues and other cultural events – but curating it isn’t always an easy task. A recently published report by Catherine Allen and commissioned by the Watershed (Bristol, UK) seeks to address what role cultural cinemas and independent arts venues play in the presentation of VR. Catherine curated ‘VR Sessions‘ in June, a season …

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i-Docs 2018: Call for Participation

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 6th, 2017 Following the success of the previous i-Docs Symposia, and the continued dynamic expansion and evolution of the field, we are now seeking proposals for papers, case studies and projects to showcase at the fifth edition in 2018. Convened by Judith Aston, Sandra Gaudenzi and Mandy Rose, and hosted by the University of the West of …

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Hidden in plain sight: Interactive 3D sculptures tell the story of NYC food vendors

Artist Michelle Hessel is a multimedia creator born in Sao Paulo and based in New York City. She’s created incredible interactive 3D sculptures for her project ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ to tell the often overlooked stories of food vendors in New York. The series of portraits feature video and audio merged into 3D printed high-fidelity sculptures of food carts and the …

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Sketches – Reconstructing meaning of displacement | Guest post from Zuhair Mehrali

Recent graduate Zuhair talks us through his work Sketches; a 2-part project consisting of an experimental film and interactive accompaniment, which use oral histories and archive material to explore the theme of displacement. The ethico-political narrative of the world presented by the media is a scattered montage of disarray: images of refugees out at sea, essays of political expression weaved through threads …

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Catch up with i-Docs at Visible Evidence 2017

Now in its’ 24th year, the international conference on documentary film and media, Visible Evidence 2017 will convene in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from August 2-5. This year both Mandy Rose and Judith Aston from the i-Docs team will be presenting papers, chairing sessions and participating in workshops. The conference this year also coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution …

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i-Docs: The Evolving Practices of Interactive Documentary

Released earlier this year, i-Docs: The Evolving Practices of Interactive Documentary looks at the creative practices, purposes and ethics that lie behind these emergent forms. The book is structured around three themes, with its editor introducing each section: ‘Co-Creation’, by Mandy Rose; ‘Methods’, by Sandra Gaudenzi; and ‘Horizons’, by Judith Aston. Some of the contributions were originally papers at i-Docs …

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How to tell the refugee story? | Guest post from Veronique Mistiaen

The complexities of ‘the refugee story’ have formed the basis for a number of interactive and immersive projects over the past few years. Standout examples include Submarine Channel’s online interactive Refugee Republic, Aardman and BBC collaboration We Wait and more recently, Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Alternate Realities commission Future Aleppo. Journalist Veronique Mistiaen has looked at a number of creative approaches to the …

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VR for News: The New Reality? | Reuters Institute Report

Reuters Institute have released a must-read report by Zillah Watson, who has led the editorial development of VR experimentation at the BBC. VR for News: The New Reality? examines ongoing developments in VR, the major challenges – both in terms of content and application, and technology – and what the future of VR might look like for news organisations around the world. “The …

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The technologies behind modern i-docs | Guest post from Michael Geraci

In the two decades that I’ve worked as a multimedia professional and educator, I have experienced the constantly shifting sands of digital platforms used for interactive media. I’ve developed multimedia projects in HyperCard, Director, Flash, and all versions of HTML. A recent deep dive into the current state of the i-doc has not only renewed my passion for the digital …

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Interview: Zohar Kfir on interactive VR project Testimony

Selected by Time as one of the best VR experiences at Tribeca earlier this year, Testimony is a project still in its first iteration, according to creator Zohar Kfir. The piece is an ongoing interactive documentary delivered in virtual reality that gathers stories from survivors of sexual assault and their journey to healing. I spoke with Zohar about her motivations for …

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Alternate Realities in Latin America & other dispatches from Sheffield Doc/Fest ’17

Announced over the weekend, Sheffield Doc/Fest and the British Council will be taking a selection of work currently being shown in theAlternate Realities exhibition on tour to Latin America. Between July and November, nine projects will be shown at DocMontevideo, Uruguay, DOCSP, Brazil, and Noviembre Electrónico, Argentina. The British Council-supported tour is central to Doc/Fest’s strategy of connecting audiences from across the …

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Navigating Alternate Realities at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017

Starting this Friday and running until 14 June, the Alternate Realities programme at Sheffield Doc/Fest features a great selection of talks and projects from the interactive and immersive documentary field. The majority of the talks this year are part of the Alternate Realities summit which kicks off on Sunday. A day curated by digital creative Dan Tucker and hosted by May Abdalla …

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Catching up with the creators of The World in Ten Blocks

Released at the end of 2016, ‘The World in Ten Blocks‘ is still attracting attention in the interactive documentary field, featuring in the Alternate Realities Exhibition at this years Sheffield Doc/Fest. The project explores the stories of immigrant entrepreneurs in Toronto’s Bloorcourt neighbourhood through an i-doc that weaves together photos, video and text with a first-person perspective that places you …

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Why do interactive stories matter?

Why do interactive stories matter, especially after the Brexit and Trump vote? This was the springboard for a discussion held earlier this week for the London launch of the recently published i-Docs book. Organised by Sandra Gaudenzi, the event was part of “disLAB presents”, a series of free encounters from the Digital and Interactive Storytelling Lab at Westminster University. Attended by industry folk, …

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Sketches – Reconstructing meaning of displacement | Guest post from Zuhair Mehrali

Recent graduate Zuhair talks us through his work Sketches; a 2-part project consisting of an experimental film and interactive accompaniment, which use oral histories and archive material to explore the theme of displacement. The ethico-political narrative of the world presented by the media is a scattered montage of disarray: images of refugees out at sea, essays of political expression weaved through threads …

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How to tell the refugee story? | Guest post from Veronique Mistiaen

The complexities of ‘the refugee story’ have formed the basis for a number of interactive and immersive projects over the past few years. Standout examples include Submarine Channel’s online interactive Refugee Republic, Aardman and BBC collaboration We Wait and more recently, Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Alternate Realities commission Future Aleppo. Journalist Veronique Mistiaen has looked at a number of creative approaches to the …

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The technologies behind modern i-docs | Guest post from Michael Geraci

In the two decades that I’ve worked as a multimedia professional and educator, I have experienced the constantly shifting sands of digital platforms used for interactive media. I’ve developed multimedia projects in HyperCard, Director, Flash, and all versions of HTML. A recent deep dive into the current state of the i-doc has not only renewed my passion for the digital …

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“How to weave a narrative between physical science, myth and human experience”

An interview with Jeremy Mendes on the use of scientific data in artistic documentary projects    The project the Canadian artist and documentary maker Jeremy Mendes is probably best known for is his pioneering interactive documentary Bear 71 (which has also been fervently discusses on i-docs.org).  After documentaries which he co-created at the NFB – among others The Seven Digital …

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On the Potential of Interactive Web Documentary for Artistic Research

by Daniel Fetzner and Martin Dornberg – with an introduction by Anna Wiehl In their guest post, media scholar and artist Daniel Fetzner and Martin Dornberg, physician and philosopher, share insights into their project BUZZ, a participatory two-fold project or “mediography”, as they call it, about their experiences in the field of artistic research, its documentation and its ‘medial life’ …

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Interdocs Barcelona 2016 – A Closer Look Into User-Centered Development of Interactive Documentaries

by Joanna Camargo InterDocsBarcelona 2016 was filled with news from the interactive storytelling world. All different kinds of makers and audiences came together at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona to hear about the newest and the prize-winning projects of the industry. Data usage and its many implications, together with the refugee crisis, were recurrent subjects in the presentations made …

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Taking time: The relationship between time & interactive narratives

This article is an excerpt from Ben Hoguet’s book Narration Reinvented – a guide to creating, designing, producing and distributing innovative interactive narratives and transmedia works. With permission, it has been translated with from French by Jess Linington. It is worth noting a few of the examples used are French projects that may not directly translate to English. You can …

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Precarious times and nonlinear thinking: Using i-docs to explore the temporary city

by Ella Harris Precarity seems to define the contemporary structure of feeling. From the migrant crisis, to climate change, to intensifying austerity, the precarity that has long been a recognised feature of labour economies is expanding into new arenas. This widespread precarity is impacting on the geographies we inhabit. In London there are some obvious ‘precarious urbanisms’ such as sites …

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A Polish Journey – A web-doc about migration and its legacy

A Polish Journey, a web based documentary produced by using Klynt, is a highly poetical interactive experience exploring borders, the theme of migration and the legacy it holds for future generations. Focusing its lens on landscape, referencing the romantic poetry of Heinrich Heine and Adam Mickiewicz, documentary filmmaker and media artist Julian Konczak embarks on a journey across the frontiers …

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Qualified (Ambtítol). The university, subject of debate.

By Carles Sora and Neus Ballús In recent years, the number of people with university qualifications has been enormously increasing. In a society in which each new academic year sees more university degree holders, it is important to reflect on the role that university plays in our lives. Ambtítol is a compilation of the experiences of several former university students; …

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Invisible Seams – Getting behind the spectacle of the fashion industry with augmented reality

Sarah Nelson Wright, a media artist based in New York City and a professor at Marymount Manhattan College, is currently working on an augmented reality non-fictional locative project: Invisible Seams, an interactive walking tour through SoHo, uses several concepts one could summarized as “expanded documentary practices” to allow user to engage with place and history. After having discussed her ideas …

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New Dimensions – Exploring Virtual Reality in Africa

Ingrid Kopp, Senior Consultant at the Tribeca Film Institute describes herself on Twitter as “Endlessly thinking about documentaries, storytelling, audiences, technology, mobile, impact & engagement.” Recently, she’s been guest-curator of Virtual Reality work for the New Dimensions exhibition. i-Docs asked her to describe her involvement in the project. Ingrid writes: I was recently invited by Steven Markovitz at Big World …

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Forward/Story: The pirates of future storytelling plot and explore their craft

Fellow Pervasive Media Studio resident and Splash & Ripple’s Creative in Chief Rosie Poebright has just returned from Forward/Story; a place in Costa Rica where the pirates of future storytelling gather to plot and explore their craft… She has kindly allowed us to repost a blog about her experiences there: I’ve been wondering how to write about what I know will become a …

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interDocsBarcelona 2015 – The conference

The third edition of Inter Docs Barcelona was full of great surprises this year, counting with speakers from different nationalities, important figures of the industry and even interactive presentations. During the morning we could listen to international speakers while in the second part of the conference, held in the afternoon, a few Spanish professionals and artists showed their extensive experience …

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Hidden in plain sight: Interactive 3D sculptures tell the story of NYC food vendors

Artist Michelle Hessel is a multimedia creator born in Sao Paulo and based in New York City. She’s created incredible interactive 3D sculptures for her project ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ to tell the often overlooked stories of food vendors in New York. The series of portraits feature video and audio merged into 3D printed high-fidelity sculptures of food carts and the …

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Interview: Zohar Kfir on interactive VR project Testimony

Selected by Time as one of the best VR experiences at Tribeca earlier this year, Testimony is a project still in its first iteration, according to creator Zohar Kfir. The piece is an ongoing interactive documentary delivered in virtual reality that gathers stories from survivors of sexual assault and their journey to healing. I spoke with Zohar about her motivations for …

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Catching up with the creators of The World in Ten Blocks

Released at the end of 2016, ‘The World in Ten Blocks‘ is still attracting attention in the interactive documentary field, featuring in the Alternate Realities Exhibition at this years Sheffield Doc/Fest. The project explores the stories of immigrant entrepreneurs in Toronto’s Bloorcourt neighbourhood through an i-doc that weaves together photos, video and text with a first-person perspective that places you …

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Light into VR darkness – an in-depth interview with Arnaud Colinart

When directors Peter Middleton and James Spinney were working on their documentary Notes on Blindness, their attention was on finding a filming style that could convey the deepest emotions sensed in John Hull’s voice – a professor of religious education at Birmingham University that went blind in 1983 and spent much of a decade recording his journal on tape as …

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#HACKED: Syria’s Electronic Armies – through the eyes of its makers

Launched on the 4th of October by Al Jazeera,  #Hacked is a web app that invites users to investigative a deadly cyber war in Syria, while the clock is ticking. Through mobile interviews, internet searches, and investigations, users need to un-tangle a network of cyber criminals without having their own phones hacked. Designed for mobile and tablets, but also playable …

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“How to weave a narrative between physical science, myth and human experience”

An interview with Jeremy Mendes on the use of scientific data in artistic documentary projects    The project the Canadian artist and documentary maker Jeremy Mendes is probably best known for is his pioneering interactive documentary Bear 71 (which has also been fervently discusses on i-docs.org).  After documentaries which he co-created at the NFB – among others The Seven Digital …

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Data as a Narrative Device – ‘A Means to an End and not the End itself’

An interview with Janine Steele and Loc Dao on data-driven story-telling and emotional engagement During his stay as a Fulbright Scholar in the Digital Studios of the NFB in Vancouver, Lomax Boyd, a scientist and documentary producer at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, had the opportunity to work with Janine Steele and Loc Dao of NFB/Interactive. As Chief Digital Officer …

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Obliterated Families: Bringing the audience closer to the reality of life in Gaza

Recently released, Obliterated Families is an interactive documentary that draws attention to the families from Gaza whose lives were shattered during the Israeli offensive in 2014. Blending together striking images, in-depth text, infographics, animations and short videos, the project is designed to bring the audience closer to the reality of life for Palestinians from the Gaza Strip. I spoke with the authors of …

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The R/O Institute: a new accelerator for transmedia projects

Just when you thought that European countries are not investing enough in interactive content, Domenico La Porta, Head of Transmedia at Wallimage and Director of the R/O Institute, announces that the R/O Institute will open the doors in October in Charleroi (Belgium), and offer a free 6 to 9 months immersive training to selected transmedia projects. An accelerator for interactive stories at our …

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Exploring immigration, integration & identity in Good Luck Soup interactive

Good Luck Soup is a transmedia documentary project on the journey of Japanese Americans and Japanese Canadians, from past to present. Created by Matthew Hashiguchi, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and Assistant Professor in Multimedia Film & Production at Georgia Southern University, the interactive documentary weaves together individual stories from different generations in a series of seven chapters that, when viewed together, reflect …

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Do we need an i-doc sourcebook?

If you have worked in film/tv production you will know that the industry sourcebook is your bible: this is the place you go to to find where to hire your equipment, what is the date of the next film festival and how to get to the freelancers you need in your team. Now… we don’t have an i-doc sourcebook – is this a problem? …

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Karim Ben Khelifa on VR, empathy and how to deal with the enemy within us

VR and 360 video projects have dominated the festival landscape this year, and small and big players want to catch the train while they can. Similar to the effect of The arrival of a train at La Ciotat (1895), the illusion of “being there” is associated with a wave of enthusiasm. Immersion and empathy are the new keywords, and the hope …

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i-Docs 2018: Call for Participation

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 6th, 2017 Following the success of the previous i-Docs Symposia, and the continued dynamic expansion and evolution of the field, we are now seeking proposals for papers, case studies and projects to showcase at the fifth edition in 2018. Convened by Judith Aston, Sandra Gaudenzi and Mandy Rose, and hosted by the University of the West of …

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Catch up with i-Docs at Visible Evidence 2017

Now in its’ 24th year, the international conference on documentary film and media, Visible Evidence 2017 will convene in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from August 2-5. This year both Mandy Rose and Judith Aston from the i-Docs team will be presenting papers, chairing sessions and participating in workshops. The conference this year also coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution …

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VR for News: The New Reality? | Reuters Institute Report

Reuters Institute have released a must-read report by Zillah Watson, who has led the editorial development of VR experimentation at the BBC. VR for News: The New Reality? examines ongoing developments in VR, the major challenges – both in terms of content and application, and technology – and what the future of VR might look like for news organisations around the world. “The …

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Alternate Realities in Latin America & other dispatches from Sheffield Doc/Fest ’17

Announced over the weekend, Sheffield Doc/Fest and the British Council will be taking a selection of work currently being shown in theAlternate Realities exhibition on tour to Latin America. Between July and November, nine projects will be shown at DocMontevideo, Uruguay, DOCSP, Brazil, and Noviembre Electrónico, Argentina. The British Council-supported tour is central to Doc/Fest’s strategy of connecting audiences from across the …

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Navigating Alternate Realities at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017

Starting this Friday and running until 14 June, the Alternate Realities programme at Sheffield Doc/Fest features a great selection of talks and projects from the interactive and immersive documentary field. The majority of the talks this year are part of the Alternate Realities summit which kicks off on Sunday. A day curated by digital creative Dan Tucker and hosted by May Abdalla …

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Why do interactive stories matter?

Why do interactive stories matter, especially after the Brexit and Trump vote? This was the springboard for a discussion held earlier this week for the London launch of the recently published i-Docs book. Organised by Sandra Gaudenzi, the event was part of “disLAB presents”, a series of free encounters from the Digital and Interactive Storytelling Lab at Westminster University. Attended by industry folk, …

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12 fully-funded collaborative PhDs with industry partners

The 3D3 Centre for Doctoral Training has been awarded 12 fully-funded PhD studentships from the National Productivity Investment Fund to in October 2017. Each studentship is a collaboration between one of the three universities’ research centres and an industrial partner that guarantees training and access to facilities, a variety of internships/placements and in some instances co-supervision. All students will be part …

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The ups and down of interactive factuals

  I have just returned from the Doc Tank Laboratory in Prague, where I was invited to mentor 5 interactive projects and lead them from concept to pitch in 4 days. Luckily enough, organizer Miriam Ryndová had lined up a great team of experts: William Uricchio (MIT Open Doc Lab), Arnau Gifreu (Transmedia Expert), Suzanna Lotz (Transmedia Expert), Bruno Choiniere (Akufen Studio), John MacFarlane (POV Digital). Christian Popp (Zuzu Productions) and Arjanne Laan (William de Kooning …

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Play #Hacked and don’t get hacked

Al Jazeera English launches a mobile game about the Syrian cyberwar: #HACKED – Syria’s Electronic Armies. Learning from her experience while producing Pirate Fishing in 2012, Juliana Ruhfus, senior reporter for Al Jazeera’s People & Power investigative and current affairs strand, has decided to go mobile for her second interactive investigation. Pushing the boundaries of traditional journalism,  #HACKED is Al Jazeera’s latest experiment …

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Cyber Chile

It is amazing how much one can learn in 5 days. I am just back from Santiago del Chile, where I spent 5 days far from “other things to do” and free to listen, observe, absorb and let connections happen. Mike Robbins and myself were invited by Maria Court (remember The Quipu Project?), Enrique Rivera (Director of the Media Art …

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Interactive Digital Stories Track – Madeira Film Festival

The Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute and The University of Texas at Austin (Department of Radio-Television-Film) in collaboration with the Madeira Film Festival (MFF) are organizing the Madeira Film Festival – Interactive Digital Stories Track. In its first edition, the MFF-Interactive Digital Stories Track aims to foster an international discussion about nature and sustainability, accepting interactive documentaries submissions themed in connection …

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Interdocs Barcelona 2016 – A Closer Look Into User-Centered Development of Interactive Documentaries

by Joanna Camargo InterDocsBarcelona 2016 was filled with news from the interactive storytelling world. All different kinds of makers and audiences came together at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona to hear about the newest and the prize-winning projects of the industry. Data usage and its many implications, together with the refugee crisis, were recurrent subjects in the presentations made …

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Curating VR: Catherine Allen offers lessons learnt

Virtual Reality is increasingly ever-present at arts venues and other cultural events – but curating it isn’t always an easy task. A recently published report by Catherine Allen and commissioned by the Watershed (Bristol, UK) seeks to address what role cultural cinemas and independent arts venues play in the presentation of VR. Catherine curated ‘VR Sessions‘ in June, a season …

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i-Docs: The Evolving Practices of Interactive Documentary

Released earlier this year, i-Docs: The Evolving Practices of Interactive Documentary looks at the creative practices, purposes and ethics that lie behind these emergent forms. The book is structured around three themes, with its editor introducing each section: ‘Co-Creation’, by Mandy Rose; ‘Methods’, by Sandra Gaudenzi; and ‘Horizons’, by Judith Aston. Some of the contributions were originally papers at i-Docs …

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VR for News: The New Reality? | Reuters Institute Report

Reuters Institute have released a must-read report by Zillah Watson, who has led the editorial development of VR experimentation at the BBC. VR for News: The New Reality? examines ongoing developments in VR, the major challenges – both in terms of content and application, and technology – and what the future of VR might look like for news organisations around the world. “The …

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The technologies behind modern i-docs | Guest post from Michael Geraci

In the two decades that I’ve worked as a multimedia professional and educator, I have experienced the constantly shifting sands of digital platforms used for interactive media. I’ve developed multimedia projects in HyperCard, Director, Flash, and all versions of HTML. A recent deep dive into the current state of the i-doc has not only renewed my passion for the digital …

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Data as a Narrative Device – ‘A Means to an End and not the End itself’

An interview with Janine Steele and Loc Dao on data-driven story-telling and emotional engagement During his stay as a Fulbright Scholar in the Digital Studios of the NFB in Vancouver, Lomax Boyd, a scientist and documentary producer at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, had the opportunity to work with Janine Steele and Loc Dao of NFB/Interactive. As Chief Digital Officer …

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On the Potential of Interactive Web Documentary for Artistic Research

by Daniel Fetzner and Martin Dornberg – with an introduction by Anna Wiehl In their guest post, media scholar and artist Daniel Fetzner and Martin Dornberg, physician and philosopher, share insights into their project BUZZ, a participatory two-fold project or “mediography”, as they call it, about their experiences in the field of artistic research, its documentation and its ‘medial life’ …

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Precarious times and nonlinear thinking: Using i-docs to explore the temporary city

by Ella Harris Precarity seems to define the contemporary structure of feeling. From the migrant crisis, to climate change, to intensifying austerity, the precarity that has long been a recognised feature of labour economies is expanding into new arenas. This widespread precarity is impacting on the geographies we inhabit. In London there are some obvious ‘precarious urbanisms’ such as sites …

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Do we need an i-doc sourcebook?

If you have worked in film/tv production you will know that the industry sourcebook is your bible: this is the place you go to to find where to hire your equipment, what is the date of the next film festival and how to get to the freelancers you need in your team. Now… we don’t have an i-doc sourcebook – is this a problem? …

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Reflections on the i-Docs Symposium 2016 & the short history/long future of interactive documentary

If a proof was needed that the founders of i-Docs were right to argue from the outset for an “expansive notion” of interactive documentary practice five years ago, that evidence was finally given at the i-Docs Symposium 2016. Within this broad framework,  ‘zooming in’ and ‘zooming out’ are keys to engage transdisciplinary discourse among makers and researchers on phenomena in …

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Interactive documentary – what does it mean and why does it matter?

Having just convened our fourth i-Docs symposium, it feels like an opportune moment to reflect on what is meant by ‘interactive documentary’ and why we at i-Docs have always seen it as a way of framing a set of possibilities, as opposed to being a specific medium, genre or platform. This seems prescient in light of the ‘immersive turn’ with interactive …

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COME/IN/DOC Documentary Series – Episode 1 – Part 2

In our previous post we explained the story behind the experimental project COME/IN/DOC, and last week, during the 4rth edition of the i-Docs Conference we launched the last part of the transmedia project: the Documentary Series. Very happy to say one week after the release that important people in the field said to me ‘thank you’ for this resource, which may …

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Projects selected from the first interactive documentary call of Catalan Broadcasting Corporation

The Catalan Broadcasting Corporation (CCMA) opened last year the first call to coproduce interactive documentary. The projects selected were published a few weeks ago. Of the 28 projects presented in this first call, the Department of Digital Media and Documentary of the CCMA and New Television Formats of Television of Catalonia (TV3) selected six projects, in accordance with their current …

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Who tells what to whom and how: The Prison Memory Archive

Cahal McLaughlin, director of the the participatory storytelling project Prison Memory Archive, has recently published a paper addressing the issues of co-creation and co-ownership of documentary material within participatory projects. He also goes into some detail around the use of interactivity in the project: Our intention is to encourage users not to rush to judgment with their inevitable, and understandable, prior …

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The tricky topic of impact & interactive documentary

There has been much attention given to impact within documentary over the last couple of years. While BritDoc have stated in their recently published impact guide; ‘the power of film to change the world has become impossible to ignore’ and the Puma prize has been established to reward impact, what is meant by impact is not self-evident and for some, …

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Bibliography

A selection of papers and publications about interactive documentary. Most are freely accessible online, some may require institutional login.

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Impact & Engagement

A set of tools and resources for interactive documentary impact & engagement: including measurement guides, tools, research papers and articles. If you think there is something missing from this list, please contact us via idocsinteractive@gmail.com.

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Funding

Funding for interactive documentary projects is not always easy to find and there is often not a one-size-fits-all solution for every project. However as the field is becoming more established, more opportunities are emerging and an increasing amount of work is being funded. A list of tips and resources to get you started.

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Tools

A list of tools and further resources for creating your own interactive documentaries. Think we’re missing something? Tell us in the comments or via idocsinteractive@gmail.com…

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Research Articles

A collection of research articles and papers from i-Docs contributing editors and associates. If you have a relevant piece of research you’d like to see published here, please contact us at idocsinteractive@gmail.com

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Related websites

A collection of  blogs and websites about i-docs put together by the i-Docs team. We’d love to grow this list, so please send suggestions via email or our Facebook group. If you think we’ve missed any resources off this page – please contact idocsinteractive@gmail.com.

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Interactive documentary – what does it mean and why does it matter?

Having just convened our fourth i-Docs symposium, it feels like an opportune moment to reflect on what is meant by ‘interactive documentary’ and why we at i-Docs have always seen it as a way of framing a set of possibilities, as opposed to being a specific medium, genre or platform. This seems prescient in light of the ‘immersive turn’ with interactive …

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i-Docs 2016 Final Programme Online

…. and here are some of the events you should definitely not miss… Alisa Lebow – Creator of Filming Revolution kicks off the event on Wednesday March 2nd with her keynote Following the Form(less): Exploring the Logic of the Non-narrative. This first day then closes with a ‘special’ Made in Bristol & VR Bazaar. Over the next two days  – …

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Constructing Door into the Dark: an insight into the immersive documentary experience

Door into the Dark – an immersive documentary experience about what it means to be lost, from producers Anagram – was fully booked throughout Sheffield Doc/Fest and has been receiving nothing but praise from its’ participants since. As well as installing DITD for festival delegates at Sheffield, project creators May Abdalla and Amy Rose (Anagram) also took part in a session about …

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Interrogating audiences: What do we mean by engagement and evaluation?

Kate Nash is a Lecturer in Media and Communications at the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds. Her research is focused on emerging forms of documentary, combining production and audience study. She has kindly provided her paper: Interrogating audiences: What do we mean by engagement and evaluation?, which she presented during i-Docs 2014, in its entirety including the accompanying presentation (see …

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i-Docs & beyond: 5 things to consider

At the end of March, i-Docs 2014 took place and although I documented the event through Storify, it’s been a struggle to pull together my key takeaways as Hot Docs, Webdox, i_doc Workshop and TFI Interactive seemed to continue so many of the themes and expand upon them in interesting ways. So this has now become a much longer, two-part …

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From iPad to installation: interactive documentary on multiple platforms

Avatar Secrets, the interactive documentary for the iPad has scaled up its ambitions, installing a large scale interactive installation at Hot Docs for the duration of the festival. This is the first time that an interactive documentary has been included in the programme of North America’s largest documentary festival and it’s great to see Ramona Pringle’s work has been picked up. …

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Webdox 2014: hands-on workshops & inspiration for online storytellers

Here is the great news: this year i-Docs and Webdox are exploring the same areas, but in different ways, and in different places. i-Docs 2014 (Bristol, 20-21th of March) was organised around three themes that seemed topical to us: new production models, how to assess engagement and evaluation and new i-docs territories & platforms. We had two amazing days of explorations and, …

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i-Docs 2014: catch up from day two

A slightly belated catch up from the second day of i-Docs 2014, scroll down to see what went on! A selection of the sessions have also been recorded and will be available online over the coming months, so keep your eyes peeled. [View the story “i-Docs 2014: Friday 21” on Storify]

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i-Docs 2014: catch up with day one

As day one of i-Docs draws to a close and delegates head towards our special performance of Choose Your Own Documentary, you can catch up with the huge amount of talks, top moments and awesome projects that have been discussed by scrolling through our Storify below: [View the story “i-Docs 2014: Thursday 20” on Storify]

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New Documentary Ecologies: Emerging Platforms, Practices and Discourses

Guest post from Kate Nash, one of our keynote speakers at i-Docs 2014. How can we begin to conceptualise the way in which documentary is being re-thought in light of contemporary media cultures and technologies? This is the central question that the contributors to New Documentary Ecologies: Emerging Platforms, Practices and Discourses explore. Taking ‘the ecological’ as a heuristic that …

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Interactive documentary for the iPad: Ramona Pringle on Avatar Secrets

Avatar Secrets – an interactive documentary for the iPad – explores the complexities of human connection in the wired world, examining the evolving nature of community, relationships, empathy and interdependence in the real world, and in the digital frontier. I caught up with Ramona ahead of her talk at i-Docs 2014 to find out more about Avatar Secrets and her step …

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i-Docs 2016 panel: VR – Inventing the medium

Virtual Reality presents creative and ethical challenges – featuring voices from the Guardian and the BBC, this panel is a chance to hear from people and organisations who are using VR to tell non-fiction stories. The embrace of Virtual Reality as a non-fiction platform has been a remarkable rapid development within emerging documentary. A wave of experimentation has followed the appearance …

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i-Docs 2016 panel: The promise of VR for non-fiction storytelling

Virtual reality has come to dominate the interactive documentary landscape over the last couple of years, presenting an exciting opportunity t0 use a new medium and for makers. This i-Docs 2016 panel responds to the varied approaches, issues and ethics that are entangled with using VR for non-fiction storytelling. Moderated by Adrian Miles (RMIT/nonfiction lab) this was one of a few key discussion at …

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Personalising interactive documentary: Digital Me case study at i-Docs 2016

Commissioned by BBC’s Chris Sizemore in 2015, Digital Me is an interactive experience that asks us to reflect on our online persona through a narrative that is deeply personalised. Produced by Sandra Gaudenzi and Helios Design Labs, the project uses data mining and face recognition to bring the user into the centre of the narrative. As a prototype, it was launched on …

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Hacking Documentary: Watch Vassiliki Khonsari’s keynote from i-Docs 2016

1979 Revolution: Black Friday is a docu-game about the Iranian revolution from iNK Stories, an independent studio founded by documentary filmmaker and anthropologist Vassiliki Khonsari and gaming veteran Navid Khonsari. Named by Independent as one of the ’10 Filmmakers to watch in 2015′, Vassiliki’s keynote at i-Docs 2016 focused on the approach, production and design of 1979 Revolution: Black Friday – coined a ‘Verite …

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New Dimensions – Exploring Virtual Reality in Africa

Ingrid Kopp, Senior Consultant at the Tribeca Film Institute describes herself on Twitter as “Endlessly thinking about documentaries, storytelling, audiences, technology, mobile, impact & engagement.” Recently, she’s been guest-curator of Virtual Reality work for the New Dimensions exhibition. i-Docs asked her to describe her involvement in the project. Ingrid writes: I was recently invited by Steven Markovitz at Big World …

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MIT public lecture: The Art, Ethics and Technology of Documentary Co-Creation (video)

Last month MIT Open Documentary Lab convened a public lecture investigating co-creation practices within documentary. Moderated by Documentary Director and MIT Visiting Artist Kat Cizek, the panel included i-Docs co-director Mandy Rose, Andrew Lowenthal, Open Documentary Lab Fellow and Executive Director of EngageMedia and Ethan Zuckerman, Director of the Center for Civic Media and principal research scientist at the MIT Media Lab. If …

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The Learn Do Share methodology: An interview with Lance Weiler

The first chapter of the UX Series  (on my website www.interactivefactual.net) was dedicated to open a debate on whether we should, or should not, use design thinking / UX / agile development / minimum viable product (etc…) methodologies while developing interactive documentaries. Over all the creatives that I interviewed seemed to say “yes, of course” but did not really know how, …

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Making Hollow: case study & interview with Elaine McMillion-Sheldon

It has been an exciting few months for Elaine McMillion Sheldon since her session at i-Docs earlier this year, with her interactive documentary Hollow gaining impressive recognition. Following the teams Peabody Award, they have since been nominated for an Emmy within the New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming: Current News category – competing against mainstream productions including the Guardian’s ‘NSA Files Decoded’ …

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Constructing Door into the Dark: an insight into the immersive documentary experience

Door into the Dark – an immersive documentary experience about what it means to be lost, from producers Anagram – was fully booked throughout Sheffield Doc/Fest and has been receiving nothing but praise from its’ participants since. As well as installing DITD for festival delegates at Sheffield, project creators May Abdalla and Amy Rose (Anagram) also took part in a session about …

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Interrogating audiences: What do we mean by engagement and evaluation?

Kate Nash is a Lecturer in Media and Communications at the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds. Her research is focused on emerging forms of documentary, combining production and audience study. She has kindly provided her paper: Interrogating audiences: What do we mean by engagement and evaluation?, which she presented during i-Docs 2014, in its entirety including the accompanying presentation (see …

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Makers of interactive documentary Hollow discuss lessons learned

Yesterday afternoon the makers behind the incredibly successful interactive documentary Hollow got together online to answer some of your questions. Moderated by Opeyemi Olukemi (Digital Initiatives at Tribeca Film Institute) the Google Hangout involved Director and Producer Elaine McMillion, Sound Designer Billy Wirasnik, Technical Director and Senior Developer Robert Hall and Art Director/Designer and Architect Jeff Soyk. The team answered …

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