Virtual reality meets documentary at UWE Bristol's fourth i-Docs gathering

Issue date: 02 March 2016

May Abdalla and Amy Rose (Anagram), winners of Tribeca Storyscapes 2015

i-Docs 2016, March 2-4, Watershed Bristol

Almost 200 delegates from around the world will be in Bristol this week for the sold out i-Docs (Interactive Documentary) Symposium, to be held at the Watershed. The unique, three day, cross-disciplinary convening, brings together thinkers, makers and designers, to debate and showcase the latest work being created in the rapidly evolving, and boundary pushing, interactive documentary field.

Organised by UWE Bristol's Digital Cultures Research Centre and based at the Pervasive Media Studio, the event is convened by the University's Judith Aston, Mandy Rose and, DCRC Visiting Fellow, Sandra Gaudenzi. Speakers - including Tribeca Storyscapes 2015 winners, May Abdalla and Amy Rose (Anagram), Executive Editor of the BBC, Chris Sizemore, and Principal Investigator at MIT's Open Documentary Lab, Professor William Uricchio – will give talks and lead discussions based around the symposium's key themes: 'The Uses of Immersion', 'Tools for Thought' and 'Evolving Practices'.

In addition, there is a rich programme of interactive documentary work under discussion, from some of the industry's leading practitioners, including Victoria Mapplebeck and Allison Otto & Jeff Soyk. This year's event will also grapple with the remarkable recent development of virtual reality as a non-fiction platform, with projects on show, including work-in-progress, from the Guardian and the BBC.

Over 55 academics, alumni and current students from UWE Bristol will take part in i-Docs 2016, showcasing work, delivering key note speeches, and helping to facilitate and film the event, reflecting the University's commitment to its City Campus development and its partnership with the Pervasive Media Studio.

Mandy Rose, Director of the Digital Culture's Research Centre, says, “Documentary is being transformed by emerging technology. That means exciting new possibilities for how we can reflect and critique the world we live in, but also technical, editorial and ethical challenges. I'm looking forward to grappling with those over the next few days with the fantastic mix of makers and thinkers who are i-Docs delegates.”

For all the latest news and information about i-Docs 2016 please visit the webpage or follow @i_docs on Twitter.

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