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Video: The Poetics and Politics of Polyphony (i-Docs 2018)

The panel ‘The Poetics and Politics of Polyphony’ occurred on day one of i-Docs 2018 in March; although in the words of presenter Judith Aston of UWE Bristol, it stands more as a collective conversation than a panel. Aston and co-presenter Stefano Odorico of Leeds Trinity University gave an opening presentation around dialogue, polyphony and intervention in i-docs, before opening …

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Video: Mediated Interactions: VR & AI Art (i-Docs 2018)

This panel from i-Docs 2018 brings together three different artists creating work across virtual reality and artificial intelligence. Nadav Assor explores his showcase installation Titchener’s Cage and current claims around empathy in “Embodiment and fragmentation in Titchener’s Cage and related projects”. In “The Job Vacancy: Echoborg Project: Staging a Chatbot Documentary”, Rik Lander presents an overview of his interactive theatrical …

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Video: Mixed Realities (i-Docs 2018)

These two i-Docs 2018 presentations approach materiality and place from different directions – one explores the connection between intangible media experiences and physical objects or installations, and the other wonders how these intangible yet immersive experiences might allow us to visit places that no longer have a material element, and exist only in the past and in memory. Captured at …

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Video: Across Time and Space (i-Docs 2018)

In the second instalment of our 2018 i-Docs Symposium video posts, Across Time and Space brings together explorations of contested histories, contested spaces, and the ways in which Augmented Reality, technology and documentary might offer us new experiences of these debates. William Uricchio of MIT presents ‘Marking Spaces and Creating Stories: Lessons from the deep history of augmented reality’, followed …

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Video: At the Intersection of Technology, Art, Science & the Future (i-Docs 2018)

i-Docs was thrilled to host two arts media practitioners at the recent Symposium in March, in a double bill keynote: ‘At the Intersection of Technology, Art, Science & the Future’. Robin McNicholas, from award-winning creative studio Marshmallow Laser Feast, has directed myriad VR experiences and installations, and took the i-Docs audience on a journey through some of these works and …

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Final i-Docs 2018 tickets, and ‘Immerse Yourself’: a Showcase

Just over one week to go until i-Docs 2018 kicks of at Watershed, Bristol! The full programme has been released, you can peruse our packed schedule of keynotes, panels, workshops, work-in-progress presentations and more over on the symposium microsite. There are still a handful of tickets left, if you’re quick you can get one here. As part of i-Docs we …

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Hyphen-Labs & Claire Doherty at i-Docs 2018, and early bird extended

Announcing new keynote speakers for i-Docs 2018!   Carmen Aguilar y Wedge and Ece Tankal, co-founders of Hyphen-Labs, join us to discuss their practice and present NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism – seen in 2017 at Sundance, SXSW and Tribeca Film Festival. We are also thrilled to be hosting a keynote address from Claire Doherty, Director of Arnolfini – the centre presenting the …

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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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Constructing Door into the Dark: an insight into the immersive documentary experience

Door into the Dark – an immersive documentary experience about what it means to be lost, from producers Anagram – was fully booked throughout Sheffield Doc/Fest and has been receiving nothing but praise from its’ participants since. As well as installing DITD for festival delegates at Sheffield, project creators May Abdalla and Amy Rose (Anagram) also took part in a session about …

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Interrogating audiences: What do we mean by engagement and evaluation?

Kate Nash is a Lecturer in Media and Communications at the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds. Her research is focused on emerging forms of documentary, combining production and audience study. She has kindly provided her paper: Interrogating audiences: What do we mean by engagement and evaluation?, which she presented during i-Docs 2014, in its entirety including the accompanying presentation (see …

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i-Docs & beyond: 5 things to consider

At the end of March, i-Docs 2014 took place and although I documented the event through Storify, it’s been a struggle to pull together my key takeaways as Hot Docs, Webdox, i_doc Workshop and TFI Interactive seemed to continue so many of the themes and expand upon them in interesting ways. So this has now become a much longer, two-part …

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From iPad to installation: interactive documentary on multiple platforms

Avatar Secrets, the interactive documentary for the iPad has scaled up its ambitions, installing a large scale interactive installation at Hot Docs for the duration of the festival. This is the first time that an interactive documentary has been included in the programme of North America’s largest documentary festival and it’s great to see Ramona Pringle’s work has been picked up. …

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Webdox 2014: hands-on workshops & inspiration for online storytellers

Here is the great news: this year i-Docs and Webdox are exploring the same areas, but in different ways, and in different places. i-Docs 2014 (Bristol, 20-21th of March) was organised around three themes that seemed topical to us: new production models, how to assess engagement and evaluation and new i-docs territories & platforms. We had two amazing days of explorations and, …