The i-Docs Symposium

UPDATE: Sadly, i-Docs 2020 was cancelled due to COVID-19. We hope to re-emerge in 2022, renewed and refreshed! Check back for updates.

Themes and approach for i-Docs 2020 can be seen here and the planned keynotes here.

The i-Docs symposium is the first to be dedicated to interactive and immersive documentary and has been convened by Judith Aston and Sandra Gaudenzi alongside Jon Dovey in 2011 and with Mandy Rose since 2014.

The symposium is an initiative of UWE Bristol’s Digital Cultures Research Centre, which is located in the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol.


The symposium is held in Watershed, Bristol, where both the DCRC and PM Studio are located.

Previous symposia

There was immersion, there were interventions, there was innovation, and there was certainly impact. i-Docs 2018 proved a rich, intense, fruitful and inspiring event for presenters and attendees alike, running over three days from Wednesday 21st to Friday 23rd March.

i-Docs hosted keynotes from five high-profile presenters: Liz Miller of Concordia University discussed her i-doc The Shoreline, Claire Doherty of Arnolfini talked about creating temporary communities, Carmen Aguilar y Wedge of Hyphen-Labs discussed making innovative work for diverse audiences, Robin McNicholas presented on VR explorations with Marshmallow Laser Feast, and Alexandre Brachet took the audience on a journey through twenty years of Upian.

Immerse Yourself, held at Arnolfini, was a showcase of innovative and immersive works produced by some of the presenters at the symposium. We also partnered with Bristol VR Lab and We The Curious‘s Data Dome to present some of the works.

Videos of some of the symposium sessions will be added to this website over the coming weeks: stay tuned!

Visit the i-Docs 2018 microsite for more programme details

Alongside the Symposia the i-Docs team also convene, curate and deliver related events. These have include labs at Open City Docs and at Digital Bristol Week, conferences – WebDocs 2013, workshops and public talks.