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i-Docs presents: Nonny De la Peña: Experiments in VR & ‘immersive journalism’

5th June 2015 1.00PM, Cinema 3, Watershed, Bristol  Dubbed the “Godmother of VR” and named by FastCompany’s CoCreate as “…one of the 13 people who make the world more creative”, Nonny De la Peña is pioneering the use of virtual reality gaming techniques that offer fully immersive experiences of news stories. She has created a number of ‘immersive journalism’ pieces including …

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!F Lab, episode 1: StoryBooster

When stories go interactive it is not only the story that gets fragmented, but the whole production process that needs to accept a new redistribution of roles and creative responsibilities. We now have to include some crucial new players: the designers, the creative technologists, the coders, of course, but also the users – which are now active members of this living new …

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Virtual Reality – the empathy machine?

A few months ago a listserv i’m a part of had a very interesting discussion about virtual reality (VR) and empathy – in part a response to Chris Milk’s assertions that VR is an ’empathy machine’, but also a wider discussion about how VR is being used for non-fiction narratives. As VR gets bigger – with the release of consumer headsets on the horizon …

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Challenging climate change: The power of games to fight real-world problems

In 2007 Ken Eklund created World Without Oil, the first major alternate reality game which used a socially relevant theme to drive the story. The game sketched out the overarching conditions of a realistic oil shock, then called upon players to imagine and document their lives under those conditions. Compelling player stories and ideas were incorporated into the official narrative …

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interDocsBarcelona 2015

interDocsBarcelona is an initiative which started in 2013 to encourage interactive and transmedia documentary as a section of DocsBarcelona International Festival. Each year DocsBarcelona gathers more than 400 professionals from over 30 countries, amongst them commissioning editors, directors, producers, film funds, distributors and sales agents, festivals, markets and cultural institutions. After the two first years of this journey hosting a …

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i-Docs presents: Ken Eklund ‘The Future is an Authentic Fiction’

3rd June 2015 6.00PM, Watershed, Bristol  If you lived through the global oil shortage of 2007, or followed the trail of anomalies detected by Erhard Giskin, or heard one of the voicemails leaking from our possible futures (or just wish you had), this is the talk for you. Ken Eklund designs immersive play experiences about socially relevant issues, and he’ll be …

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Life on hold: Al Jazeera web documentary reflects on the Syrian refugee crisis

Update: The second phase of this project launches today with five new people, five new circumstances and personal human stories. Reem Shaddad (Al Jazeera) commented: Phase I of Life on Hold was well received and our goal of bringing attention back to the human story as opposed to focusing on numbers is our only strategy moving forward. These are stories …

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Do Not Track: the interactive documentary making me question my online privacy

Having just finished the third episode of the personalised interactive documentary series ‘Do Not Track‘, i’m left thinking: How can something as innocuous as a Facebook ‘Like’ be responsible for building such an in-depth profile of my personality?  A collaborative production from the NFB, Arte, Upian, Do Not Track is the brain-child of Brett Gaylor, whose previous work at Mozilla – as VP of their …

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Free talk! Multi-linear documentary: tools & processes for creative practice

6th May 2015 4.00PM, Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol  Next week we are holding a free talk in the Pervasive Media Studio with Hannah Brasier. Hannah is a PhD candidate in the School of Media and Communication, at RMIT University, in Melbourne, Australia. She is also a member of the nonfiction Lab. Her project-based research is developing potential models of online interactive video practice …

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Pregoneros de Medellín

On April 16, 700 people met at the Lido Theatre in Medellin (Colombia) to celebrate the launch of Pregoneros de Medellín, an interactive web documentary about the street vendors who sing to sell their products. An audience as diverse as heterogeneous, as the soundscape of the city, let itself be seduced by  life stories of the criers; clapping, crying and laughing, …

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All things interactive at Tribeca Film Festival 2015

Tribeca Film Festival is underway and alongside the traditional programme lies the always impressive Storyscapes and TFI Interactive which combines talks, installations and an interactive playground. To keep up with everything that took place, i’ve put together this Storify featuring top tweets, articles and pictures, as well as links to all the projects featured. When researching for this, the sheer breadth of …

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Data-mining, privacy & personalisation: An interview with Matt Adams

Matt Adams is a co-founder of Blast Theory, an artists’ group making interactive work based in Brighton in the UK. Their latest project Karen is a smartphone app that uses psychological profiling in the background as you interact. Karen is a life coach who is happy to help you work through a few things in your life. However, as you chat …

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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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i-Docs presents: Matt Adams (Blast Theory) – A Message from Karen

29th April 2015 6.30PM, Watershed, Bristol  We’re pleased to announce that following their installation at Tribeca Storyscapes, Blast Theory’s co-founder Matt Adams will be in Bristol to talk about their latest project Karen. Blast Theory makes games, performances and installations online, on the street and on mobile. Drawing on popular culture, their work often blurs the boundaries between the real and the …

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Who are the real winners? Interactive documentary explores the impact of the FIFA World Cup

The World Cup 2014 has been played. Germany is world champion. Meanwhile, FIFA chooses a new President as the future World Cups in 2018 in Russia and 2022 in Qatar are causing some controversies. A perfect moment to reflect and zoom in on the stories that happened just outside of the stadiums in three major World Cup cities. The interactive …

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Chinese migrant workers: Their lives & their poetry

By Jaya Mahajan. Originally published on Factual for Asia – republished with permission.  One of the most inspiring projects that I came across during the Asian Side of the Doc during February in Xiamen was an upcoming documentary that looked at the lives of migrant workers in China, through their poetry. The subject matter and treatment of the documentary – The Verse of …

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Creating an open source tool for non-linear storytelling

by David Dufresne. Original post here, republished with permission.  On January 14th, in a room of the Open Documentary Lab at MIT, we are a dozen people gathered around a crazy project, a simple project: Let’s build a tool for writing non-linear stories. An open source tool, open to all. In the room: some designers like Jeff Soyk (UX architect for Hollow), students like Deniz …

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Making digital history: The Dragon and the Eagle

By Colin Thomas Putting history on television can be a hugely frustrating business. One history professor I worked with found it so frustrating that on one occasion he flung his notes down in front of the cameraman and stamped on them. I could sympathise. In one television series we were cramming three hundred years into twenty-five minutes, no time for …

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The Making of Priya’s Shakti: Innovative transmedia project that attempts to change attitude towards rape victims in India

By Jaya Mahajan. Originally published on Factual for Asia – republished with permission.  Title: Priya’s Shakti Genre: Multi Media-Comic book with augmented reality, street art, social media Producer: Rattapallax Inc-Ram Devineni Budget: USD 250,000 Developed at: Crossover Labs and Dok Leipzig Net lab Funded by: Tribeca New Media fund, Ford foundation Rape and gender based violence is one of the most distressing issues facing modern India. …

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A Short History of Interactivity: the revolution was coming for some time

Benjamin Hoguet (Racontr) published this originally on medium.com, it has been reposted with permission. This article belongs to a larger collection of resources about interactive and transmedia storytelling. Sign up here to receive one new article a week! Each day there are more of us interactive storytellers. Because we enjoy the freedom of creating with fewer boundaries, because we could not take …

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Learning, sharing and experiencing the “how” of Transmedia Storytelling

By Valentina Ciarapica and Suha Hazboun. This post originally appeared on Transmedia Storytelling Berlin and has been republished with permission.  During October, the Conducttr conference took place in London attracting creators, technologists, academics, producers, and all kinds of professionals involved in designing and producing transmedia storytelling projects. “Interaction” is the keyword that better defines this one-day experience: the program consisted in a series of talks given by …

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What matters to you? A collective storytelling project about the emotional value of things

by Valentina Ciarapica and Alessia Rotondo What would we like to share with the people of the future about our personal lives? This question lies at the heart of a mysterious video which shows up online out of nowhere. Things That Matter has been selected by the Haus der Kulturen der Welt of Berlin in the framework of the Anthropocene …

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“Financing models don’t need broadcasters anymore…” – discussing new financing models with Lucia Haslauer of ZDF

This article has been republished with permission from PttP, the original post appeared here. In the lead up to the Pixel Market Finance Forum (8 Oct) – the PttP team are conducting a series of interviews with their panelists. Funding and finance is a key topic for our i-Docs community, so here’s their second interview with Lucia Haslauer, Commissioning Editor for German public …

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Interactive, purposeful storytelling meets Virtual Reality at Learn Do Share London with ‘Meet Lucy’.

This post by Alison Norrington, originally appeared on here Story Central. The brainchild of Creative Director and PhD researcher, Nina Simoes, Meet Lucy is an innovative and interactive story that highlights the reality of housing issues in London and runs parallel to Learn Do Share. Nina brought together a smart trio to work together to produce and deliver the story …

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What will we do when we get there? Anticipating Digital Broadcast Archives

Guest post from Joe Smith, Kim Hammond and George Revill , The Open University The Earth in Vision project is exploring the potential and significance of digital broadcast archives (DBAs), looking at environment related media as a case study. We are working specifically with fifty hours of BBC broadcast archive of environmental programmes from the late 1950s onwards. In addition to …

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Webdocs for social change: a guest post from Carles Sora

Original text written by Carles Sora for CCCB LAB Blog (2014) and republished with permission. Over the past few years we’ve seen the emergence of online interactive documentaries, a documentary sub-genre that straddles documentary practice and interactive design. These webdocs are now attracting the interest of European authors, festivals, producers and television networks. In late May, the DocsBarcelona documentary festival organised a …

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Games Killed the Video Star: Five Ways That Play Is Beating TV at It’s Own Game

I connected to YouTube on a new device recently, so a device without the vast user history Google likes to collect. I noticed at the top of the screen were the top 5 ‘Most Popular Right Now’ videos for the UK. What struck me was that 4 out of 5 were video games. The only non video game offering was …

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The Prisons Memory Archive: Questioning and Engaging with Interactivity at i-Docs 2014

Guest post from Laura Aguiar, Cahal McLaughlin and Jamie McRoberts Queen’s University Belfast The Prisons Memory Archive (PMA) is an ongoing research project and its aim is to offer possibilities of engaging with the story of the ‘other’ in a society that is emerging from decades of political violence. One way of doing this, we believe, is through interactive documentary. …

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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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Reflections on Firestorm: Guest post from Mary Mitchell

  The following is a guest post from Mary Mitchell with her thoughts on the Guardian’s interactive documentary, Firestorm. The Guardian’s second foray into interactive documentary, ‘Firestorm’, is a beautifully crafted piece of immersive storytelling. Centered on photographs taken by The Holmes Family family fleeing a Tasmanian bushfire, the project crafts interviews, photographs, text and a breathtaking soundtrack into a linear …

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Life on hold: Al Jazeera web documentary reflects on the Syrian refugee crisis

Update: The second phase of this project launches today with five new people, five new circumstances and personal human stories. Reem Shaddad (Al Jazeera) commented: Phase I of Life on Hold was well received and our goal of bringing attention back to the human story as opposed to focusing on numbers is our only strategy moving forward. These are stories …

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Data-mining, privacy & personalisation: An interview with Matt Adams

Matt Adams is a co-founder of Blast Theory, an artists’ group making interactive work based in Brighton in the UK. Their latest project Karen is a smartphone app that uses psychological profiling in the background as you interact. Karen is a life coach who is happy to help you work through a few things in your life. However, as you chat …

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Deep into (the) Clouds: an interview with George and Minard

With Sundance hosting 13 Virtual Reality (VR) experiences under its New Frontier’s umbrella at the start of the year and Tribeca Film Festival showcasing projects like The Enemy in their Storyscapes line-up, we turn to a project that has been among the first to experiment with the use of Oculus Rift in a documentary context. CLOUDS, by media artist James George and …

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Expanding documentary: the impact of Living Los Sures

In the early 1980s, director Diego Echeverria captured five stories from the Brooklyn neighbourhood Los Sures, looking to represent the challenges it was facing; drugs, gang violence, crime, abandoned real estate, racial tension, single-parent homes and inadequate local resources. Alongside this portrait of struggle, the film also celebrated the vitality of this largely Puerto Rican and Dominican community. 30 years on from …

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The Making of Priya’s Shakti: Innovative transmedia project that attempts to change attitude towards rape victims in India

By Jaya Mahajan. Originally published on Factual for Asia – republished with permission.  Title: Priya’s Shakti Genre: Multi Media-Comic book with augmented reality, street art, social media Producer: Rattapallax Inc-Ram Devineni Budget: USD 250,000 Developed at: Crossover Labs and Dok Leipzig Net lab Funded by: Tribeca New Media fund, Ford foundation Rape and gender based violence is one of the most distressing issues facing modern India. …

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News from the newsroom: an interview with Aron Pilhofer

More than half of The Guardian’s readership chooses the online experience (The Guardian, 2012). That makes more than 6 million monthly web readers, against less than 5 million print readers. What would you do if you had to secure a profitable future to such newspaper? I suppose you would start to look at the potential of media rich content with …

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WiREDMŌV: is this the future of interactive documentary?

Although interactive documentaries are slowly gaining more recognition, their reach is often limited to academic circles, interactive documentary makers, or small communities already engaged with the field. Michael Blackledge is looking to change that with his new project WiREDMŌV; a platform that is intended to educate the public about interactive documentary and assist interactive documentary makers with distribution. Sandra Gaudenzi spoke …

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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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Points of view: putting occupied territories on the (interactive) map

Points of View, the interactive documentary produced by Zohar Kfir, gives the viewer an incredible insight into the daily lives of Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories. The basis for project is video footage from B’Tselem, The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. In 2007, B’Tselem began giving Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza …

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Interactive, purposeful storytelling meets Virtual Reality at Learn Do Share London with ‘Meet Lucy’.

This post by Alison Norrington, originally appeared on here Story Central. The brainchild of Creative Director and PhD researcher, Nina Simoes, Meet Lucy is an innovative and interactive story that highlights the reality of housing issues in London and runs parallel to Learn Do Share. Nina brought together a smart trio to work together to produce and deliver the story …

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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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Netwars/out of CTRL: an interview with producer Michael Grotenhoff

Recommended at Sheffield DocFest by keynote Rob Tercek, Netwars/Out of Ctrl is an interactive web series that explores the possibilities of cyberwarfare and our own, personal relationship with the web. I spoke to the project producer Michael Grotenhoff about his inspirations for the project, the process of production and how it’s been received so far… What prompted you to make Netwars …

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The Awra Amba Experience: collaboration, crowd-funding and community

The Awra Amba Experience is an incredible project which I first encountered at i-Docs 2012, where Paulina Tervo (project producer/director/lead) presented the initial stages of the interactive documentary and introduced us to this inspiring community. Two years on and the project is nearing the end of a crowd-funding campaign that aims to get the interactive documentary finished and online. I …

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Transmedia storytelling: An interview with the makers of Love Radio

Love Radio, a transmedia documentary with interactive elements, explores the process of reconciliation in post-genocide Rwanda in a unique format; a radio soap. I spoke with Anoek Steketee and Eefje Blankevoort, the pair behind the project: What compelled you to make Love Radio?  Travelling and working in Rwanda in 2008 we met the team that created Musekeweya, a popular radio soap that is …

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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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i-Docs presents: Nonny De la Peña: Experiments in VR & ‘immersive journalism’

5th June 2015 1.00PM, Cinema 3, Watershed, Bristol  Dubbed the “Godmother of VR” and named by FastCompany’s CoCreate as “…one of the 13 people who make the world more creative”, Nonny De la Peña is pioneering the use of virtual reality gaming techniques that offer fully immersive experiences of news stories. She has created a number of ‘immersive journalism’ pieces including …

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Virtual Reality – the empathy machine?

A few months ago a listserv i’m a part of had a very interesting discussion about virtual reality (VR) and empathy – in part a response to Chris Milk’s assertions that VR is an ’empathy machine’, but also a wider discussion about how VR is being used for non-fiction narratives. As VR gets bigger – with the release of consumer headsets on the horizon …

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Challenging climate change: The power of games to fight real-world problems

In 2007 Ken Eklund created World Without Oil, the first major alternate reality game which used a socially relevant theme to drive the story. The game sketched out the overarching conditions of a realistic oil shock, then called upon players to imagine and document their lives under those conditions. Compelling player stories and ideas were incorporated into the official narrative …

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interDocsBarcelona 2015

interDocsBarcelona is an initiative which started in 2013 to encourage interactive and transmedia documentary as a section of DocsBarcelona International Festival. Each year DocsBarcelona gathers more than 400 professionals from over 30 countries, amongst them commissioning editors, directors, producers, film funds, distributors and sales agents, festivals, markets and cultural institutions. After the two first years of this journey hosting a …

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i-Docs presents: Ken Eklund ‘The Future is an Authentic Fiction’

3rd June 2015 6.00PM, Watershed, Bristol  If you lived through the global oil shortage of 2007, or followed the trail of anomalies detected by Erhard Giskin, or heard one of the voicemails leaking from our possible futures (or just wish you had), this is the talk for you. Ken Eklund designs immersive play experiences about socially relevant issues, and he’ll be …

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Life on hold: Al Jazeera web documentary reflects on the Syrian refugee crisis

Update: The second phase of this project launches today with five new people, five new circumstances and personal human stories. Reem Shaddad (Al Jazeera) commented: Phase I of Life on Hold was well received and our goal of bringing attention back to the human story as opposed to focusing on numbers is our only strategy moving forward. These are stories …

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Do Not Track: the interactive documentary making me question my online privacy

Having just finished the third episode of the personalised interactive documentary series ‘Do Not Track‘, i’m left thinking: How can something as innocuous as a Facebook ‘Like’ be responsible for building such an in-depth profile of my personality?  A collaborative production from the NFB, Arte, Upian, Do Not Track is the brain-child of Brett Gaylor, whose previous work at Mozilla – as VP of their …

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Free talk! Multi-linear documentary: tools & processes for creative practice

6th May 2015 4.00PM, Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol  Next week we are holding a free talk in the Pervasive Media Studio with Hannah Brasier. Hannah is a PhD candidate in the School of Media and Communication, at RMIT University, in Melbourne, Australia. She is also a member of the nonfiction Lab. Her project-based research is developing potential models of online interactive video practice …

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Pregoneros de Medellín

On April 16, 700 people met at the Lido Theatre in Medellin (Colombia) to celebrate the launch of Pregoneros de Medellín, an interactive web documentary about the street vendors who sing to sell their products. An audience as diverse as heterogeneous, as the soundscape of the city, let itself be seduced by  life stories of the criers; clapping, crying and laughing, …

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All things interactive at Tribeca Film Festival 2015

Tribeca Film Festival is underway and alongside the traditional programme lies the always impressive Storyscapes and TFI Interactive which combines talks, installations and an interactive playground. To keep up with everything that took place, i’ve put together this Storify featuring top tweets, articles and pictures, as well as links to all the projects featured. When researching for this, the sheer breadth of …

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Data-mining, privacy & personalisation: An interview with Matt Adams

Matt Adams is a co-founder of Blast Theory, an artists’ group making interactive work based in Brighton in the UK. Their latest project Karen is a smartphone app that uses psychological profiling in the background as you interact. Karen is a life coach who is happy to help you work through a few things in your life. However, as you chat …

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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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i-Docs presents: Matt Adams (Blast Theory) – A Message from Karen

29th April 2015 6.30PM, Watershed, Bristol  We’re pleased to announce that following their installation at Tribeca Storyscapes, Blast Theory’s co-founder Matt Adams will be in Bristol to talk about their latest project Karen. Blast Theory makes games, performances and installations online, on the street and on mobile. Drawing on popular culture, their work often blurs the boundaries between the real and the …

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Chinese migrant workers: Their lives & their poetry

By Jaya Mahajan. Originally published on Factual for Asia – republished with permission.  One of the most inspiring projects that I came across during the Asian Side of the Doc during February in Xiamen was an upcoming documentary that looked at the lives of migrant workers in China, through their poetry. The subject matter and treatment of the documentary – The Verse of …

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The ethics of immersion, virtual reality & consent

Immersing your audience in hyper-real situations, whether within an immersive theatre setting or a virtual reality experience can evoke intense reactions – How do you balance the potential of these projects with the ethics? This was the question Mandy Rose put to panelists Kirsty Jennings (Blast Theory), Rik Lander (U-Soap Media) and Manuel Frutos-Perez (UWE) at the Digital Bristol session: Immersive Ethics – Dream or Nightmare? …

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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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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 i-Docs related blogs, websites and portals put together by the i-Docs team. We’d love to grow this list, so please add suggestions in the comments section or via our Facebook group. If you think we’ve missed any resources off this page – please add them in the comment section below.

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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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The Prisons Memory Archive: Questioning and Engaging with Interactivity at i-Docs 2014

Guest post from Laura Aguiar, Cahal McLaughlin and Jamie McRoberts Queen’s University Belfast The Prisons Memory Archive (PMA) is an ongoing research project and its aim is to offer possibilities of engaging with the story of the ‘other’ in a society that is emerging from decades of political violence. One way of doing this, we believe, is through interactive documentary. …

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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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Choose Your Own Documentary in Tribeca Storyscapes section

Exciting news from Tribeca last week as they announce their selections for the upcoming festival. Five projects made it into the interactive Storyscapes section, including Choose Your Own Documentary – a show which is part of i-Docs 2014! Tribeca Film Festival’s Storyscapes, created in collaboration with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin, is a juried section at the Festival to showcase innovative and interactive …

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Bjarke Myrthu on the role of the interface in an i-doc

“The interface is content” says Alexandre Brachet from Upian. What does this mean? The interface is no just a way to navigate through content, it is a way to place the user within a story space, and by doing so it gives roles, it explains the possibilities, it generates feelings in the users… and it therefore becomes a type of …

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FOCUS SPAIN: the first latin panel at the i-docs conference 2014

The Spain Focus panel is the first panel discussion at a conference on interactive documentary that focuses on the production of the emerging Latin field. During 1hour and 30 minutes, three projects will be presented at different stages of development: Barret Films, with projects such as “The Voices of Memory” and “0 accountable”, the first Spanish production company specialised in the production of …

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Mike Robbins: lessons learned from testing Highrise and OFFSHORE

Mike Robbins, from Helios Design Lab (the guys behind NFB’s Highrise, OFFSHORE and 17,000 Islands) has participated to the UX Series by responding to Question 5: Rapid prototyping and testing: what to test for, and when, in i-doc production? I asked Mike to tell me about the way they’ve been testing their projects and… interestingly enough… I learned that they …

Sandra GaudenziMike Robbins: lessons learned from testing Highrise and OFFSHORE
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A Door Into The Dark at i-Docs 2014

We are pleased to announce that i-Docs 2014 delegates have the chance to experience ‘Door Into The Dark’, a work-in-progress from current Pervasive Media Studio residents, Anagram: Just a block down from the busy conference, a door into the dark has been installed. Be led by the hand into a world of characters who know the true meaning of being lost …

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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, …

Sandra GaudenziThe Learn Do Share methodology: An interview with Lance Weiler
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Smart Stories, Virtual Reality & Immersion: 3 Future of Storytelling shorts

In the lead up to the Future of Storytelling summit – which takes places 1-2 October in New York – they have produced a series of shorts showcasing the speakers and their work. You can see the full playlist here, but i’ve pulled out three that I feel are of the most interest to our community – enjoy! Smart Stories: Matt Adams …

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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 …

Jess LiningtonConstructing Door into the Dark: an insight into the immersive documentary experience
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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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Ingrid Kopp asks Jason Brush about design thinking – in the UX Series

  The UX Series has launched two days ago, and the discussion about UX methodologies and i-docs design is already spreading… could this mean that we are hitting a hot topic?? Ingrid Kopp has just asked Jason Brush (Executive vice president of Creative and UX at POSSIBLE) to extend on her own contribution… Watch their exchange on the UX Series, and add to it if …

Sandra GaudenziIngrid Kopp asks Jason Brush about design thinking – in the UX Series
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Between the Lines: Storytelling in the New Landscape

Between the Lines festival, which took place back in March, have released a number of videos from this years festival including the whole storytelling session with Caspar Sonnen, Alexandre Brachet, William Uricchio and our very own Mandy Rose. The festival, a partnership between DocHouse and the Frontline Club, explored the challenges facing documentary makers, investigative journalists and citizen reporters in the new media landscape. As well as this …

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Jesse Shapins and James Burns ring in the web doc revolution!

Initiated at Mozfest last year, the web doc manifesto has been rumbling under the surface for the past few months. Although it’s been spoken of and added to during a number of subsequent events and meetups, it has never been quite so passionately presented as it was at the all-day TFI interactive event. Recounted by Zeega founders Jesse Shapins and …

Jess LiningtonJesse Shapins and James Burns ring in the web doc revolution!
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Henry Jenkins at Madrid Transmedia Living Lab 2012

Also have a look at Robert Pratten’s (CEO of Transmedia Storyteller LTD) keynote slides, which introduces a methodology for participatory storytelling and illustrates with examples from his work: Transmedia Living Lab, Madrid from Robert Pratten You can find out more about the Madrid Transmedia lab here.

Jess LiningtonHenry Jenkins at Madrid Transmedia Living Lab 2012

i-Docs 2011 – Florian Thalhofer

Berlin-based Florian Thalhofer is an artist, documentary filmmaker and inventor of Korsakow, a software to create database films. Below is his keynote from i-Docs 2011, where he discusses this software, what can be done with it and his current projects at the time, enjoy!

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i-Docs 2011: short documentary

A short video with some of the highlights from the 2011 symposium, including Nick Cohen (BBC) Siobhan O’Flynn (University of Toronto) and Florian Thalhofer’s (Korsakow creator) brilliant keynote:

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Video: Transmedia for Social Documentaries

What does the word transmedia actually mean? What do documentaries need to be to ensure that they are seen in this complex media world? On this event, transmedia creators discussed ‘what “transmedia” actually means, how documentaries can adapt to take advantage of this new medium and the opportunities it offers for new storytellling techniques’. Tribeca Film Institute at The New …

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