IDFA DocLab 2019: Field notes

Dancing with yourself, quease-inducing yet marvellously ethereal Taiwanese VR, dinner with Puffy the cat, and an affecting and surprising take on the MH17 disaster – just some of the experiences of Verity McIntosh at IDFA DocLab. Verity is Senior Lecturer for Virtual and Extended Realities, and Programme Lead for the MA Virtual Reality at UWE Bristol. Here, she shares her …

Tribeca Immersive 2019 – juxtapositions of style and content

i-Docs research fellow Julia Scott-Stevenson recently returned from Tribeca Film Festival, New York, where she checked out some of the offerings in the Immersive Arcade and 360 Cinema. Most striking about Tribeca Immersive, in New York earlier this month, was the sheer diversity of media styles on display. Across 22 projects showing in the Immersive Arcade, there was VR, realtime …

Virtual Futures: A Manifesto for Immersive Experiences

In her research conducted during a fellowship on immersion with the South West Creative Technology Network, Julia Scott-Stevenson explores: How can immersive media create shared experiences that imagine pathways towards a preferred future? This piece was originally published in Immerse: creative discussion of emerging nonfiction storytelling on March 8, 2019. Climate armageddon, the rise of the far right, the arrival …

This is the story of the space between people…

Julia Scott-Stevenson writes about her experience of The Collider, the latest immersive work from creative duo Anagram — in its inaugural showing at IDFA DocLab in November 2018. A fellow participant and I are directed through two separate doors to begin the experience independently, accompanied by a narrator’s voice through headphones. I enter a tiny room, and the narrator describes the machine …

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: 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 …

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 …

It’s Not You, it’s Me – The Fly-on-the-Wall Documentary and Virtual Reality

By Katy Morrison – Producer at VRTOV .  We talk a lot about Virtual Reality. What to make, how to make it, why we should be making this thing instead of that other thing. And yet while the promise of VR  —  be anywhere! Come face-to-face with anything or anyone!  —  is expansive, the conversation is not. Aside from the constant …