i-Docs 2020 postponed

Update: We are sad to announce that i-Docs 2020 is now postponed. Full statement here.

i-Docs 2020 is upon us in just over three weeks! We have a dedicated Symposium website on its way, but for now, here is where you can find all the information you need – and the link to purchase tickets! See our latest newsletter for an announcement about our partnership with Arnolfini for the Immerse Yourself showcase.

i-Docs 2020 is a three-day event dedicated to the expanding and evolving field of interactive and immersive documentary, hosted by the University of the West of England’s Digital Cultures Research Centre (DCRC). i-Docs 2020 will be held at Watershed in Bristol’s Harbourside on Wednesday 25th – Friday 27th March 2020. We are hosting papers, panels, case studies, works-in-progress and a showcase of i-doc projects, primarily across three themes:

  • Climate and ecological emergency
  • Platform politics and responsible tech
  • Bonding and bridging: making locally, thinking globally

The programme will be released shortly. Tickets to the Bristol event available here

We are also excited to be testing out the possibilities in climate-aware conferencing by holding the first distributed i-Docs Symposium. Partnering with Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, i-Docs will be accompanied by an exciting programme of simultaneous events at Concordia University’s Feminist Media Studio, including keynote presentations, panels and workshops. We are planning live hook-ups between the venues, with real-time interaction between transatlantic delegates at curated touch-points throughout the schedule. Attendance at the Montreal event is by invitation.

We have already announced a number of featured speakers, with more to come! Those announced so far include:

  • Odile Joannette, Executive Director, Wapikoni Mobile (in Montreal, streamed to Bristol)
  • Katerina Cizek, Artistic Director of the Co-Creation Studio at the MIT Open Documentary Lab (in Bristol, streamed to Montreal)
  • Dale Hudson, Associate Professor at New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Ian Forrester, BBC’s R&D Future Experiences team
  • Marianne Lévy-Leblond, commissioner, ARTE
  • Professors Mandy Rose, Kirsten Cater and Danaë Stanton Fraser, investigators on the UK EPSRC-funded research project Virtual Realities – Immersive Documentary Encounters
  • Victoria Mapplebeck, filmmaker
  • Michelle Smith and Pasha Partridge, filmmakers with First People’s Postsecondary Storytelling Exchange (2016-2019)

Stay tuned for further announcements of speakers and our showcase. You can sign up to the i-Docs newsletter at the bottom of this page or follow us on Twitter at @i_Docs.

Tickets to i-Docs 2020 are available now:

Full price: £250
Concession: £100 (including global south and independent practitioners, and attendees from outside of England and Wales who travel to the conference overland)
Tickets and registration available here.

The sixth edition of i-Docs is convened by Judith Aston, Sandra Gaudenzi, Mandy Rose, and Julia Scott-Stevenson.