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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …