Alternate Realities at Sheffield Doc/Fest

i-Docs research fellow Julia Scott-Stevenson gives a rundown of her visit to the Alternate Realities showcase at Sheffield Doc/Fest, with additional comments from Mandy Rose and Juliet Lennox. I’m handed a VR headset which feels disconcertingly wet when I place it against my face. At first I think perhaps the attendant has been slightly overzealous with cleaning it between users, …

i-Docs 2018 in sketches: part 1

There was immersion, there were interventions, there was innovation, and there was certainly impact. i-Docs 2018 proved a rich, intense, fruitful and inspiring event for presenters and attendees alike, running over three days from Wednesday 21st to Friday 23rd March. To begin at the end – it wrapped up on the Friday evening with an enthralling and fast-paced talk from …

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 …

The 4th iteration of !F Lab comes with a complete new methodology: the WHAT IF IT Process

  A few personal reflections before hosting a panel on methodologies of production at i-Docs 2018 (21-23 of March, Bristol). Our application to the IF Lab 2018 workshop, a training in interactive storytelling, is opened till mid February. But why should you apply? What is !F Lab, and what are we trying to do? While I am waiting for challenging and inquisitive …

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 …

i-Docs 2018: Tickets now on sale + first speakers announced

i-Docs – the three day event dedicated to the expanding and evolving field of interactive documentary – is back for its 5th iteration in 2018, and we’re thrilled to announce the first round of speakers at the event! Get your tickets now to see talks by: Alexandre Brachet, Upian Liz Miller, Concordia University Sharon Daniel, UC Santa Cruz Mike Robbins …

Don’t miss our Immerse takeover: Why do i-docs matter?

Last month the i-Docs team took over Immerse, posing the question, Why do i-docs matter? to practitioners and academics, many of whom contributed chapters to our book i-Docs: The Evolving Practices of Interactive Documentary. An initiative of Tribeca Film Institute, MIT Open DocLab and The Fledgling Fund, Immerse is a monthly online publication providing creative discussion around emerging nonfiction storytelling. Now in …

CLOSING SOON! i-Docs 2018: Call for Participation

SUBMISSIONS CLOSE MONDAY OCTOBER 16, 2017 Following the success of the previous i-Docs Symposia, and the continued dynamic expansion and evolution of the field, we are seeking proposals for papers, case studies and projects to showcase at the fifth edition in 2018. Convened by Judith Aston, Sandra Gaudenzi and Mandy Rose, and hosted by the University of the West of …

Curating VR: Catherine Allen offers lessons learnt

Virtual Reality is increasingly ever-present at arts venues and other cultural events – but curating it isn’t always an easy task. A recently published report by Catherine Allen and commissioned by the Watershed (Bristol, UK) seeks to address what role cultural cinemas and independent arts venues play in the presentation of VR. Catherine curated ‘VR Sessions‘ in June, a season …

Hidden in plain sight: Interactive 3D sculptures tell the story of NYC food vendors

Artist Michelle Hessel is a multimedia creator born in Sao Paulo and based in New York City. She’s created incredible interactive 3D sculptures for her project ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ to tell the often overlooked stories of food vendors in New York. The series of portraits feature video and audio merged into 3D printed high-fidelity sculptures of food carts and the …

Sketches – Reconstructing meaning of displacement | Guest post from Zuhair Mehrali

Recent graduate Zuhair talks us through his work Sketches; a 2-part project consisting of an experimental film and interactive accompaniment, which use oral histories and archive material to explore the theme of displacement. The ethico-political narrative of the world presented by the media is a scattered montage of disarray: images of refugees out at sea, essays of political expression weaved through threads …

Catch up with i-Docs at Visible Evidence 2017

Now in its’ 24th year, the international conference on documentary film and media, Visible Evidence 2017 will convene in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from August 2-5. This year both Mandy Rose and Judith Aston from the i-Docs team will be presenting papers, chairing sessions and participating in workshops. The conference this year also coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution …

i-Docs: The Evolving Practices of Interactive Documentary

Released earlier this year, i-Docs: The Evolving Practices of Interactive Documentary looks at the creative practices, purposes and ethics that lie behind these emergent forms. The book is structured around three themes, with its editor introducing each section: ‘Co-Creation’, by Mandy Rose; ‘Methods’, by Sandra Gaudenzi; and ‘Horizons’, by Judith Aston. Some of the contributions were originally papers at i-Docs …