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Sunnyside of the Doc: Assessing the impact of interactive projects

“We should not talk only about audience volume – we want to talk about varied measures of impact” – this statement framed the following discussion on impact for interactive works. A call to move beyond metrics and into a deeper assessment of impact measurement. Convened by Storycode’s Benjamin Hoguet during the Sunnyside of the Doc Sunnylab sessions last week, the varied …

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Representing the unfilmable: Nonny de la Peña on VR & ‘immersive journalism’

From a realisation that the digital sense of presence is a powerful thing, to being dubbed the ‘Godmother of VR’, Nonny de la Peña took us through her experiments in ‘immersive journalism’ at a recent lunchtime talk in Bristol, followed by a Q&A with DCRC director Mandy Rose. — It was an account of a ‘rape in cyberspace‘ that first drew Nonny’s …

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Writing Digital: MIX DIGITAL 3

After the success of the last two MIX DIGITAL conferences, Bath Spa University is hosting Writing Digital: MIX DIGITAL 3 in the newly completed Commons building at the Newton Park Campus, just outside of Bath, UK. Confirmed keynotes include Naomi Alderman talking about how and why a literary novelist came to be the imaginative power behind the hugely successful apps, Zombies! …

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Storytelling in VR: a round-table with Oscar Raby, Pete Bennett & Anagram

Towards the end of last year, I convened a conversation between multimedia artist Oscar Raby and Pervasive Media Studio residents Pete Bennett, Amy Rose and May Abdalla. To give some context, Oscar was at the Studio showing his VR documentary Assent and we thought it would be interesting to change up the interview format and allow for more of a discussion about virtual …

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interDocsBarcelona 2015 – The conference

The third edition of Inter Docs Barcelona was full of great surprises this year, counting with speakers from different nationalities, important figures of the industry and even interactive presentations. During the morning we could listen to international speakers while in the second part of the conference, held in the afternoon, a few Spanish professionals and artists showed their extensive experience …

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Explore the Universe Within: Digital Lives in the Global Highrise

Today marks the launch of the final chapter of HIGHRISE, the National Film Board of Canada’s pioneering, multi-award-winning interactive documentary series. Universe Within: Digital Lives in the Global Highrise, takes us into the apartments, hearts, minds and computers of vertical citizens around the world to reveal the digital human condition in the 21st century. Trapped in our highrise units, can we find love, hate, …

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i-Docs presents: Nonny De la Peña: Experiments in VR & ‘immersive journalism’

5th June 2015 1.00PM, Cinema 3, Watershed, Bristol  Dubbed the “Godmother of VR” and named by FastCompany’s CoCreate as “…one of the 13 people who make the world more creative”, Nonny De la Peña is pioneering the use of virtual reality gaming techniques that offer fully immersive experiences of news stories. She has created a number of ‘immersive journalism’ pieces including …

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Virtual Reality – the empathy machine?

A few months ago a listserv i’m a part of had a very interesting discussion about virtual reality (VR) and empathy – in part a response to Chris Milk’s assertions that VR is an ’empathy machine’, but also a wider discussion about how VR is being used for non-fiction narratives. As VR gets bigger – with the release of consumer headsets on the horizon …

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Challenging climate change: The power of games to fight real-world problems

In 2007 Ken Eklund created World Without Oil, the first major alternate reality game which used a socially relevant theme to drive the story. The game sketched out the overarching conditions of a realistic oil shock, then called upon players to imagine and document their lives under those conditions. Compelling player stories and ideas were incorporated into the official narrative …

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interDocsBarcelona 2015

interDocsBarcelona is an initiative which started in 2013 to encourage interactive and transmedia documentary as a section of DocsBarcelona International Festival. Each year DocsBarcelona gathers more than 400 professionals from over 30 countries, amongst them commissioning editors, directors, producers, film funds, distributors and sales agents, festivals, markets and cultural institutions. After the two first years of this journey hosting a …

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i-Docs presents: Ken Eklund ‘The Future is an Authentic Fiction’

3rd June 2015 6.00PM, Watershed, Bristol  If you lived through the global oil shortage of 2007, or followed the trail of anomalies detected by Erhard Giskin, or heard one of the voicemails leaking from our possible futures (or just wish you had), this is the talk for you. Ken Eklund designs immersive play experiences about socially relevant issues, and he’ll be …

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Life on hold: Al Jazeera web documentary reflects on the Syrian refugee crisis

Update: The second phase of this project launches today with five new people, five new circumstances and personal human stories. Reem Shaddad (Al Jazeera) commented: Phase I of Life on Hold was well received and our goal of bringing attention back to the human story as opposed to focusing on numbers is our only strategy moving forward. These are stories …

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Do Not Track: the interactive documentary making me question my online privacy

Having just finished the third episode of the personalised interactive documentary series ‘Do Not Track‘, i’m left thinking: How can something as innocuous as a Facebook ‘Like’ be responsible for building such an in-depth profile of my personality?  A collaborative production from the NFB, Arte, Upian, Do Not Track is the brain-child of Brett Gaylor, whose previous work at Mozilla – as VP of their …

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Free talk! Multi-linear documentary: tools & processes for creative practice

6th May 2015 4.00PM, Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol  Next week we are holding a free talk in the Pervasive Media Studio with Hannah Brasier. Hannah is a PhD candidate in the School of Media and Communication, at RMIT University, in Melbourne, Australia. She is also a member of the nonfiction Lab. Her project-based research is developing potential models of online interactive video practice …

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Pregoneros de Medellín

On April 16, 700 people met at the Lido Theatre in Medellin (Colombia) to celebrate the launch of Pregoneros de Medellín, an interactive web documentary about the street vendors who sing to sell their products. An audience as diverse as heterogeneous, as the soundscape of the city, let itself be seduced by  life stories of the criers; clapping, crying and laughing, …