No one yet knows what VR is 'for', what stories and experiences can best be conveyed in a headset or other immersive environment.

To close this day of exploration, the principal investigator in the MIT Open Documentary Lab and an expert in comparative media studies, William Uricchio, will explore how film-makers can fully exploit the huge potential of VR, where to look for creative inspiration and what VR can contribute to the documentary tradition. Uricchio's unique perspectives comes from his research of "old" media when they were new. His published work explores how media technologies and cultural behaviours interact and how they are used for purposes of representation, indication, the formation of publics, and power. He uses historical precedent to anticipate the behaviours of the new, and draws upon the new to reveal long overlooked patterns in the historical past. Few are more likely to sense where this medium is going than William Uricchio.

William Uricchio (PhD NYU) is professor of Comparative Media Studies at MIT and professor of comparative media history at Utrecht University in the Netherlands  He has held visiting professorships at Stockholm University, the Freie Universität Berlin, the University of Science and Technology of China, Philips Universität Marburg and Georg-August Universität Göttingen; and Guggenheim, Fulbright and Humboldt fellowships and the Berlin Prize have supported his research. At MIT, Uricchio is the founder and principal investigator of the MIT Open Documentary Lab.  His scholarly research considers the interplay of media technologies and cultural practices in relation to the (re-) construction of representation, knowledge and publics. In part, he researches and develops new histories of ‘old’ media when they were new (early photography, telephony, film, broadcasting, and today’s ‘new’ media). And in part, he investigates new technologies and their implications for the documentary.  William taught MIT’s first course on virtual reality, and researches the cultural work of algorithms.

Closing Keynote: William Uricchio of MIT Open Documentary Lab

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 18:00

Digital Catapult

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