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DEADLINE EXTENDED: i-Docs 2020 – Call for Participation

There’s still time – a week and a half to go until submissions close for i-Docs 2020! Submit here by midnight GMT, Sunday 3 November 2019. Following the success of five previous i-Docs Symposia, we are pleased to announce the call for participation for i-Docs 2020. Convened by Judith Aston, Sandra Gaudenzi, Mandy Rose and Julia Scott-Stevenson, and hosted by …

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Sheffield Doc/Fest Alternate Realities 2019

Maturity in craft, thoughtful use of place and the power of deep fakes – just some of the takeaways of Sheffield Doc/Fest’s 2019 Alternate Realities exhibition (6-11 June), as observed by the i-Docs team – Judith Aston, Sandra Gaudenzi, Mandy Rose and Julia Scott-Stevenson. What follows is an abridged and adapted version of our conversation about some of the immersive …

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Tribeca Immersive 2019 – juxtapositions of style and content

i-Docs research fellow Julia Scott-Stevenson recently returned from Tribeca Film Festival, New York, where she checked out some of the offerings in the Immersive Arcade and 360 Cinema. Most striking about Tribeca Immersive, in New York earlier this month, was the sheer diversity of media styles on display. Across 22 projects showing in the Immersive Arcade, there was VR, realtime …

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Interactive ideation methodologies – research opportunities

!F Lab will not happen this year. The training programme that I started in 2015 with the collaboration of innovation agency iDrops, the creative help of Mike Robbins and the financial support of Creative Europe[1], has not obtained the necessary EU funding to continue its activity. This is partially due to the fact that we had proposed to transform it …

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Virtual Futures: A Manifesto for Immersive Experiences

In her research conducted during a fellowship on immersion with the South West Creative Technology Network, Julia Scott-Stevenson explores: How can immersive media create shared experiences that imagine pathways towards a preferred future? This piece was originally published in Immerse: creative discussion of emerging nonfiction storytelling on March 8, 2019. Climate armageddon, the rise of the far right, the arrival …

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This is the story of the space between people…

Julia Scott-Stevenson writes about her experience of The Collider, the latest immersive work from creative duo Anagram — in its inaugural showing at IDFA DocLab in November 2018. A fellow participant and I are directed through two separate doors to begin the experience independently, accompanied by a narrator’s voice through headphones. I enter a tiny room, and the narrator describes the machine …

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Video: The Poetics and Politics of Polyphony (i-Docs 2018)

The panel ‘The Poetics and Politics of Polyphony’ occurred on day one of i-Docs 2018 in March; although in the words of presenter Judith Aston of UWE Bristol, it stands more as a collective conversation than a panel. Aston and co-presenter Stefano Odorico of Leeds Trinity University gave an opening presentation around dialogue, polyphony and intervention in i-docs, before opening …

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Video: Immersive Documentary Encounters (i-Docs 2018)

Up next in our series of videos from i-Docs 2018: Immersive Documentary Encounters. First to take the lectern is Karim Ben Khelifa, a photographer and artist, with “Producing ‘The Enemy’ – a VR and AR exploration of the points-of-view of combatants on opposite sides in armed conflict.” Secondly, Danae Stanton Fraser & Mandy Rose, co-investigators on the EPSRC project Virtual …

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Video: Mediated Interactions: VR & AI Art (i-Docs 2018)

This panel from i-Docs 2018 brings together three different artists creating work across virtual reality and artificial intelligence. Nadav Assor explores his showcase installation Titchener’s Cage and current claims around empathy in “Embodiment and fragmentation in Titchener’s Cage and related projects”. In “The Job Vacancy: Echoborg Project: Staging a Chatbot Documentary”, Rik Lander presents an overview of his interactive theatrical …

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Alternate Realities at Sheffield Doc/Fest

i-Docs research fellow Julia Scott-Stevenson gives a rundown of her visit to the Alternate Realities showcase at Sheffield Doc/Fest, with additional comments from Mandy Rose and Juliet Lennox. I’m handed a VR headset which feels disconcertingly wet when I place it against my face. At first I think perhaps the attendant has been slightly overzealous with cleaning it between users, …

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Video: Mixed Realities (i-Docs 2018)

These two i-Docs 2018 presentations approach materiality and place from different directions – one explores the connection between intangible media experiences and physical objects or installations, and the other wonders how these intangible yet immersive experiences might allow us to visit places that no longer have a material element, and exist only in the past and in memory. Captured at …

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Video: Across Time and Space (i-Docs 2018)

In the second instalment of our 2018 i-Docs Symposium video posts, Across Time and Space brings together explorations of contested histories, contested spaces, and the ways in which Augmented Reality, technology and documentary might offer us new experiences of these debates. William Uricchio of MIT presents ‘Marking Spaces and Creating Stories: Lessons from the deep history of augmented reality’, followed …

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Video: At the Intersection of Technology, Art, Science & the Future (i-Docs 2018)

i-Docs was thrilled to host two arts media practitioners at the recent Symposium in March, in a double bill keynote: ‘At the Intersection of Technology, Art, Science & the Future’. Robin McNicholas, from award-winning creative studio Marshmallow Laser Feast, has directed myriad VR experiences and installations, and took the i-Docs audience on a journey through some of these works and …

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i-Docs 2018 in sketches: part 1

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. To begin at the end – it wrapped up on the Friday evening with an enthralling and fast-paced talk from …