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Curating VR: Catherine Allen offers lessons learnt

Virtual Reality is increasingly ever-present at arts venues and other cultural events – but curating it isn’t always an easy task. A recently published report by Catherine Allen and commissioned by the Watershed (Bristol, UK) seeks to address what role cultural cinemas and independent arts venues play in the presentation of VR. Catherine curated ‘VR Sessions‘ in June, a season …

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i-Docs 2018: Call for Participation

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 6th, 2017 Following the success of the previous i-Docs Symposia, and the continued dynamic expansion and evolution of the field, we are now seeking proposals for papers, case studies and projects to showcase at the fifth edition in 2018. Convened by Judith Aston, Sandra Gaudenzi and Mandy Rose, and hosted by the University of the West of …

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Hidden in plain sight: Interactive 3D sculptures tell the story of NYC food vendors

Artist Michelle Hessel is a multimedia creator born in Sao Paulo and based in New York City. She’s created incredible interactive 3D sculptures for her project ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ to tell the often overlooked stories of food vendors in New York. The series of portraits feature video and audio merged into 3D printed high-fidelity sculptures of food carts and the …

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Sketches – Reconstructing meaning of displacement | Guest post from Zuhair Mehrali

Recent graduate Zuhair talks us through his work Sketches; a 2-part project consisting of an experimental film and interactive accompaniment, which use oral histories and archive material to explore the theme of displacement. The ethico-political narrative of the world presented by the media is a scattered montage of disarray: images of refugees out at sea, essays of political expression weaved through threads …

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Catch up with i-Docs at Visible Evidence 2017

Now in its’ 24th year, the international conference on documentary film and media, Visible Evidence 2017 will convene in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from August 2-5. This year both Mandy Rose and Judith Aston from the i-Docs team will be presenting papers, chairing sessions and participating in workshops. The conference this year also coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution …

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i-Docs: The Evolving Practices of Interactive Documentary

Released earlier this year, i-Docs: The Evolving Practices of Interactive Documentary looks at the creative practices, purposes and ethics that lie behind these emergent forms. The book is structured around three themes, with its editor introducing each section: ‘Co-Creation’, by Mandy Rose; ‘Methods’, by Sandra Gaudenzi; and ‘Horizons’, by Judith Aston. Some of the contributions were originally papers at i-Docs …

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How to tell the refugee story? | Guest post from Veronique Mistiaen

The complexities of ‘the refugee story’ have formed the basis for a number of interactive and immersive projects over the past few years. Standout examples include Submarine Channel’s online interactive Refugee Republic, Aardman and BBC collaboration We Wait and more recently, Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Alternate Realities commission Future Aleppo. Journalist Veronique Mistiaen has looked at a number of creative approaches to the …

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VR for News: The New Reality? | Reuters Institute Report

Reuters Institute have released a must-read report by Zillah Watson, who has led the editorial development of VR experimentation at the BBC. VR for News: The New Reality? examines ongoing developments in VR, the major challenges – both in terms of content and application, and technology – and what the future of VR might look like for news organisations around the world. “The …

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The technologies behind modern i-docs | Guest post from Michael Geraci

In the two decades that I’ve worked as a multimedia professional and educator, I have experienced the constantly shifting sands of digital platforms used for interactive media. I’ve developed multimedia projects in HyperCard, Director, Flash, and all versions of HTML. A recent deep dive into the current state of the i-doc has not only renewed my passion for the digital …

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Interview: Zohar Kfir on interactive VR project Testimony

Selected by Time as one of the best VR experiences at Tribeca earlier this year, Testimony is a project still in its first iteration, according to creator Zohar Kfir. The piece is an ongoing interactive documentary delivered in virtual reality that gathers stories from survivors of sexual assault and their journey to healing. I spoke with Zohar about her motivations for …

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Alternate Realities in Latin America & other dispatches from Sheffield Doc/Fest ’17

Announced over the weekend, Sheffield Doc/Fest and the British Council will be taking a selection of work currently being shown in theAlternate Realities exhibition on tour to Latin America. Between July and November, nine projects will be shown at DocMontevideo, Uruguay, DOCSP, Brazil, and Noviembre Electrónico, Argentina. The British Council-supported tour is central to Doc/Fest’s strategy of connecting audiences from across the …

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Navigating Alternate Realities at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017

Starting this Friday and running until 14 June, the Alternate Realities programme at Sheffield Doc/Fest features a great selection of talks and projects from the interactive and immersive documentary field. The majority of the talks this year are part of the Alternate Realities summit which kicks off on Sunday. A day curated by digital creative Dan Tucker and hosted by May Abdalla …

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Catching up with the creators of The World in Ten Blocks

Released at the end of 2016, ‘The World in Ten Blocks‘ is still attracting attention in the interactive documentary field, featuring in the Alternate Realities Exhibition at this years Sheffield Doc/Fest. The project explores the stories of immigrant entrepreneurs in Toronto’s Bloorcourt neighbourhood through an i-doc that weaves together photos, video and text with a first-person perspective that places you …

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Why do interactive stories matter?

Why do interactive stories matter, especially after the Brexit and Trump vote? This was the springboard for a discussion held earlier this week for the London launch of the recently published i-Docs book. Organised by Sandra Gaudenzi, the event was part of “disLAB presents”, a series of free encounters from the Digital and Interactive Storytelling Lab at Westminster University. Attended by industry folk, …