MIT OpenDoc Lab receives National Endowment of the Arts grant
“The interactive documentary marks the sector’s most
important development since the days of cinéma vérité
and direct cinema, and MIT’s Open Documentary Lab is
delighted to bring these new forms to a larger public.”
MIT OpenDocLab to develop a curated databse of interactive documentaries
The MIT Open Documentary Lab (OpenDocLab) recently received an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), to develop an online, curated database of interactive documentaries.
The open documentary database will include examples of global interactive documentaries (with complete descriptions of each project), and will have full-search capability. It will also keep pace with the rapidly growing number of interactive documentary projects, while also highlighting historical precedents of the genre, in addition to novel examples.
New Technologies | New Terrain
“As new players armed with new technologies redefine the documentary form, we look forward to providing a map and compass to help navigate this new terrain,” said William Uricchio, MIT OpenDocLab principal investigator and Professor of Comparative Media Studies.
“The interactive documentary marks the sector’s most important development since the days of cinéma vérité and direct cinema, and MIT’s Open Documentary Lab is delighted to bring these new forms to a larger public.”
Public engagement with the arts
NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa said, “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support these exciting and diverse arts projects that will take place throughout the United States. Whether it is through a focus on education, engagement, or innovation, these projects all contribute to vibrant communities and memorable opportunities for the public to engage with the arts.”
About the NEA
The National Endowment for the Arts, established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities.