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Video: Immersive Documentary Encounters (i-Docs 2018)

Up next in our series of videos from i-Docs 2018: Immersive Documentary Encounters. First to take the lectern is Karim Ben Khelifa, a photographer and artist, with “Producing ‘The Enemy’ – a VR and AR exploration of the points-of-view of combatants on opposite sides in armed conflict.” Secondly, Danae Stanton Fraser & Mandy Rose, co-investigators on the EPSRC project Virtual …

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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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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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New Dimensions – Exploring Virtual Reality in Africa

Ingrid Kopp, Senior Consultant at the Tribeca Film Institute describes herself on Twitter as “Endlessly thinking about documentaries, storytelling, audiences, technology, mobile, impact & engagement.” Recently, she’s been guest-curator of Virtual Reality work for the New Dimensions exhibition. i-Docs asked her to describe her involvement in the project. Ingrid writes: I was recently invited by Steven Markovitz at Big World …

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MIT public lecture: The Art, Ethics and Technology of Documentary Co-Creation (video)

Last month MIT Open Documentary Lab convened a public lecture investigating co-creation practices within documentary. Moderated by Documentary Director and MIT Visiting Artist Kat Cizek, the panel included i-Docs co-director Mandy Rose, Andrew Lowenthal, Open Documentary Lab Fellow and Executive Director of EngageMedia and Ethan Zuckerman, Director of the Center for Civic Media and principal research scientist at the MIT Media Lab. If …

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The Learn Do Share methodology: An interview with Lance Weiler

The first chapter of the UX Series  (on my website www.interactivefactual.net) was dedicated to open a debate on whether we should, or should not, use design thinking / UX / agile development / minimum viable product (etc…) methodologies while developing interactive documentaries. Over all the creatives that I interviewed seemed to say “yes, of course” but did not really know how, …