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Interactive documentary – what does it mean and why does it matter?

In All posts, i-Docs 2016, Research Articles, Symposium by Judith Aston

Having just convened our fourth i-Docs symposium, it feels like an opportune moment to reflect on what is meant by ‘interactive documentary’ and why we at i-Docs have always seen it as a way of framing a set of possibilities, as opposed to being a specific medium, genre or platform. This seems prescient in light of the ‘immersive turn’ with interactive …

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COME/IN/DOC Documentary Series – Episode 1 – Part 2

In All posts, News & Events, Research Articles by Arnau Gifreu

In our previous post we explained the story behind the experimental project COME/IN/DOC, and last week, during the 4rth edition of the i-Docs Conference we launched the last part of the transmedia project: the Documentary Series. Very happy to say one week after the release that important people in the field said to me ‘thank you’ for this resource, which may …

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Exploring interactive documentary: Catch up from i-Docs 2016

In All posts, i-Docs 2016 by Jess Linington

The i-Docs symposium finished last Friday evening after three days of examining and exploring the world of interactive documentary. Our biggest symposium yet saw delegates from all over the world descend on the Watershed in Bristol to hear from a multitude of people from both academic and industry backgrounds. If, like me, you were not lucky enough to be there, you …

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COME/IN/DOC Series launched!

In All posts by Arnau Gifreu

Over 4 years ago I began on a complex personal adventure: take the concept and emerging field of interactive documentary to the lab to analyze it, dissect it, study it and draw some conclusions. Today this adventure has generated more questions than answers; but perhaps that is the most interesting of all, don’t you think? The idea was born on …

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The short history and long future of the i-doc – Meet Jon Dovey in a keynote conversation

In All posts, i-Docs 2016, Research Articles, Symposium by Anna Wiehl

We are very glad to welcome – once again! – Prof. Jon Dovey, Director of REACT (Research and Enterprise for Arts and Creative Technologies) and co-investigator on the AHRC Connected Communities Creative Citizens Project as one of our keynote speaker at i-Docs 2016. In his ‘keynote conversation’, Jon will look back to look forward. Revisiting the “short history” of i-docs, …

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VR @ i-Docs 2016

In All posts, i-Docs 2016 by Mandy Rose

The emergence of VR and 360 video as non-fiction platforms has been the single most dramatic development since the last i-Docs Symposium in 2014. A wave of enthusiasm and experimentation has followed the appearance of the Oculus Rift and its competitor products – with creators fascinated by the documentary potential of 360 immersion and the visceral sense of presence that …

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Gaming Revolution: Vassiliki Khonsari on bringing real stories to interactive narratives

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

Named as one of the top 5 highlights of Sundance 2015, 1979 Revolution in an action/adventure game which immerses players into the gritty, euphoric streets of Iran in the midst of the revolution. I caught up with Vassiliki Khonsari – co-founder of iNK Stories – who is producing the game to find out more about their work. Could you describe yourselves …

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Meet the makers: 5 interactive documentaries at i-Docs 2016

In All posts, i-Docs 2016 by Jess Linington

The i-Docs symposium has always been built around a conversation between academics and industry, with delegates from both fields present. i-Docs 2016 is no different, except this year the symposium is spread over three days, meaning more talks to choose from. Check out a selection of the great projects that will be presented below. Good Luck Soup I first heard about …

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Gaming the news: Juliana Ruhfus on pushing the boundaries of investigative journalism

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

Award-winning journalist Juliana Ruhfus has spent a decade working as a reporter and producer for British and international broadcasters, specialising in programme making and investigative work. I caught up with her ahead of  i-Docs 2016, where she will be talking about her interactive journalism projects with Al Jazeera: Could you describe yourselves and your work? I am a senior reporter and …

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i-Docs 2016 Final Programme Online

In All posts, i-Docs 2016, News & Events, Symposium by Anna Wiehl

…. and here are some of the events you should definitely not miss… Alisa Lebow – Creator of Filming Revolution kicks off the event on Wednesday March 2nd with her keynote Following the Form(less): Exploring the Logic of the Non-narrative. This first day then closes with a ‘special’ Made in Bristol & VR Bazaar. Over the next two days  – …

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Interactive & immersive true stories for the body, as well as the mind

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

Anagram spent 2015 scooping the Storyscapes award at Tribeca Film Festival, staging immersive experiences at the Tower of London, forming part of the Performing Reality line-up at IDFA Doclab 2015 and creating an immersive documentary installation directed by Caroline Williams, at the Young Vic Theatre that sought to humanise the Syrian war. I caught up with Amy Rose and May Abdalla ahead of their participation at i-Docs …

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An appetizer for Filming Revolution at i-Docs 2016

In All posts, i-Docs 2016, Interviews by Anna Wiehl

Alisa Lebow on interface design, curational databases beyond archives and dynamic relationality Before coming to i-Docs 2016 to share her ambitious project Filming Revolution with us, we had the opportunity to talk to filmmaker and media scholar Alisa Lebow and get some inspiring ‘food for thought’ as an appetizer. In my opinion it’s important for people to have an experience …

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Creating a Layered Narrative Experience through Touch: Ramona Pringle on Avatar Secrets

In All posts, i-Docs 2014, Videos by Jess Linington

We are the species that tells stories. It is how we store memories and make sense of the world around us… and for the most part, our stories stay the same: man versus man, versus nature, versus himself… versus machine. But, as technology advances at an exponential rate and new gadgets become ubiquitous tools in all of our lives, the …