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i-Docs 2016 panel: VR – Inventing the medium

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

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

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

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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Reflections on the i-Docs Symposium 2016 & the short history/long future of interactive documentary

If a proof was needed that the founders of i-Docs were right to argue from the outset for an “expansive notion” of interactive documentary practice five years ago, that evidence was finally given at the i-Docs Symposium 2016. Within this broad framework,  ‘zooming in’ and ‘zooming out’ are keys to engage transdisciplinary discourse among makers and researchers on phenomena in …

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Invisible Seams – Getting behind the spectacle of the fashion industry with augmented reality

Sarah Nelson Wright, a media artist based in New York City and a professor at Marymount Manhattan College, is currently working on an augmented reality non-fictional locative project: Invisible Seams, an interactive walking tour through SoHo, uses several concepts one could summarized as “expanded documentary practices” to allow user to engage with place and history. After having discussed her ideas …

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

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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Exploring interactive documentary: Catch up from i-Docs 2016

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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VR @ i-Docs 2016

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

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

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

…. 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  – …