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

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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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The ups and down of interactive factuals

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  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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Drone hacking and the next generation of storytellers

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As we are launching a brand new MA/lab in digital and interactive storytelling (disLAB) at Westminster University, we have been internally debating which are the essential skills that the next generation of storytellers will need in order to succeed in our digital media landscape. The disLAB team, Dr David Dunkley Gyimah, Dr Massimiliano Fusari and myself, are having weekly brainstorms to map out the core values …

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

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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”

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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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Play #Hacked and don’t get hacked

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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

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

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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

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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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Interactive Digital Stories Track – Madeira Film Festival

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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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i-Docs 2016 panel: VR – Inventing the medium

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

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

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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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On the Potential of Interactive Web Documentary for Artistic Research

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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’ …