i-Docs 2016

2 – 4 March Watershed, Bristol, UK

In this edition of i-Docs, we explored Tools for Thought – interactive documentary platforms for production, teaching and research; The Uses of Immersion – from personalisation to VR and experiential storytelling; and Evolving Practices – where are i-docs going now?

Find out more through our i-Docs 2016 blog posts.

Key speakers

i-Docs 2016 key speakers included:

May Abdalla and Amy Rose aka Anagram – Tribeca Storyscapes award-winners 2015 //  Patricia Zimmermann  co-author of  Thinking Through Digital Media, Chris SizemoreExecutive Editor BBC // Vassiliki Khonsari – Executive Producer iNK Stories – 1979 Revolution // Sebastian Melo (Producer) and Ros Lerner  (Co-Director) of the recently launched and rightly lauded Quipu Project // Professor William Uricchio, Principal Investigator of MIT Open Documentary Lab is coming back to i-Docs to share his new research – Mapping the Intersection of Interactive Journalism and Digital Documentary // Juliana Ruhfus of Al Jazeera, award-winning journalist and director of the i-doc Pirate Fishing // Artist and Filmmaker Florian Thalhofer will join us – sharing his experiences with Korsakow // Dr Alisa Lebow – Producer/Director of Filming Revolution, University of Sussex // Last but not least, we’ll be joined by our colleague Professor Jon Dovey – Director of the REACTHub, UWE Bristol who will be sharing his latest work on emerging documentary practices-technology and cultural form.

A full line up and the programme is  available on the i-Docs 2016 microsite.

i-Docs is the first symposium dedicated to interactive documentary and has been convened by Judith Aston and Sandra Gaudenzi alongside Jon Dovey in 2011 and with Mandy Rose in 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 i-Docs symposium takes place bi-annually at the end of March, with the next edition planned for 2018.


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

Current and previous symposia

i-Docs 2016 will take place at the Watershed in Bristol March 2nd-4th.

The Call for Participation is out and first speakers announced.

Accommodation and Local Ground Travel Information can be found at: http://bit.ly/idocs2016accom

Symposium website will launch early in the New Year.

The symposium on March 20th – 21st saw nearly 200 international delegates in Bristol for two plus days of presentations, panels and live events.

Many delegates arrived on Wednesday afternoon for the REACT Hub Future Documentary Showcase – where prototypes developed within REACT’s recent Sandbox were unveiled. Four of these projects – Orion, Quipu, Boron Mon Amour / 94 Elements and Jack the Ripper 125 were all explored in more depth within the i-Docs programme.

During Thursday and Friday the Symposium explored three themes within parallel strands – Production Models, Engagement and Evaluation, and New Territories. Keynote speakers included new media artist Hank Willis Thomas (Question Bridge), documentary storyteller Elaine McMillion (Hollow), media historian Professor William Uricchio (MIT Open Documentary Lab) and Dr Kate Nash (University of Leeds) – Co-editor of New Documentary Ecologies; Emerging Platforms, Practices and Discourses.

Thursday evening also saw a sell-out performance of the award-winning “choose your own adventure” interactive theatre event – Choose Your Own Documentary. i-Docs also presented Door into the Dark – an immersive documentary work-in-progress by Anagram.

    Visit the full i-Docs 2014 microsite
     See the 2014 schedule
     See related posts & videos
The 2012 i-Docs Symposium took place on March 22-23 when 150 delegates met in Bristol for a two-day event. Keynotes and invited speakers included Jigar Mehta (18 Days in Egypt), Brett Gaylor (rip! A Remix Manifesto), Professor Brian Winston (University of Lincoln), Sharon Daniel (University of California, Santa Cruz), Paulina Tervo (Awra Amba Project) and, via Skype, Kat Cizek (Highrise).

    See full list of speakers
    See the 2012 schedule
    See related posts
The first Symposium took place on March 25th, 2011. This one-day gathering of 120 delegates showcased recent projects and provided space for discussion of the artistic, economic and political implications of new forms of factual representation. Speakers included Alexandre Brachet (Upian), Matt Adams (Blast Theory), Nick Cohen (BBC) and Florian Thalhofer (Korsakow). The evening saw City Symphonies – a screening of Jean Vigo’s A Propos de Nice (1930), followed by a live response from documentary film-makers Keith Marley (Liverpool John Moores University) and Geoffrey Cox (University of Huddersfield).  
    See the 2011 schedule
   See related posts

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 – Popathon Bristol 2014, and public talks by Daniel Burwen and Ingrid Kopp. We plan to develop this strand of our work as i-Docs Presents. We welcome enquiries about potential collaborations.

Check out the i-Docs Presents page for details of upcoming one-off i-Docs talks.