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Play #Hacked and don’t get hacked

In All posts, News & Events by Sandra Gaudenzi

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

In All posts, News & Events by Sandra Gaudenzi

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’

In All posts, Interviews, Research Articles by Anna Wiehl

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

In All posts, Interviews by Jess Linington

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

In All posts, News & Events by Arnau Gifreu

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

In All posts, i-Docs 2016, Videos by Jess Linington

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

In All posts, Interviews by Sandra Gaudenzi

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

In All posts, i-Docs 2016, Videos by Jess Linington

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

In All posts, Guest posts, Research Articles by Anna Wiehl

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’ …

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Personalising interactive documentary: Digital Me case study at i-Docs 2016

In All posts, i-Docs 2016, Videos by Jess Linington

Commissioned by BBC’s Chris Sizemore in 2015, Digital Me is an interactive experience that asks us to reflect on our online persona through a narrative that is deeply personalised. Produced by Sandra Gaudenzi and Helios Design Labs, the project uses data mining and face recognition to bring the user into the centre of the narrative. As a prototype, it was launched on …

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Interdocs Barcelona 2016 – A Closer Look Into User-Centered Development of Interactive Documentaries

In All posts, Guest posts, News & Events by Arnau Gifreu

by Joanna Camargo InterDocsBarcelona 2016 was filled with news from the interactive storytelling world. All different kinds of makers and audiences came together at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona to hear about the newest and the prize-winning projects of the industry. Data usage and its many implications, together with the refugee crisis, were recurrent subjects in the presentations made …

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Hacking Documentary: Watch Vassiliki Khonsari’s keynote from i-Docs 2016

In All posts, i-Docs 2016, Videos by Jess Linington

1979 Revolution: Black Friday is a docu-game about the Iranian revolution from iNK Stories, an independent studio founded by documentary filmmaker and anthropologist Vassiliki Khonsari and gaming veteran Navid Khonsari. Named by Independent as one of the ’10 Filmmakers to watch in 2015′, Vassiliki’s keynote at i-Docs 2016 focused on the approach, production and design of 1979 Revolution: Black Friday – coined a ‘Verite …

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Explore ‘Alternate Realities’ at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016

In All posts, News & Events by Jess Linington

Sheffield Doc/Fest kicks off this weekend and there’s loads on offer for those interested in the field of interactive documentary. Under the umbrella of ‘Alternate Realities’, the programme includes 14 immersive experiences in the Millennium Gallery and beyond, and 12 Virtual Reality documentaries in Site Gallery and The Space – plus talks, panels and more. To navigate through this huge offering, i’ve compiled a …

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Taking time: The relationship between time & interactive narratives

In All posts, Guest posts by Jess Linington

This article is an excerpt from Ben Hoguet’s book Narration Reinvented – a guide to creating, designing, producing and distributing innovative interactive narratives and transmedia works. With permission, it has been translated with from French by Jess Linington. It is worth noting a few of the examples used are French projects that may not directly translate to English. You can …

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Exploring immigration, integration & identity in Good Luck Soup interactive

In All posts, Interviews by Jess Linington

Good Luck Soup is a transmedia documentary project on the journey of Japanese Americans and Japanese Canadians, from past to present. Created by Matthew Hashiguchi, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and Assistant Professor in Multimedia Film & Production at Georgia Southern University, the interactive documentary weaves together individual stories from different generations in a series of seven chapters that, when viewed together, reflect …