July's meetup is going to be ah-may-zing! You will not want to miss it.
NOT ONLY will Sarah Wolozin and Katie Edgerton from MIT DOC LAB be joining us this month, but we also have PITCH INTERACTIVE'S Wesley Grubbs, creator of the stunning Out of Sight Out of Mind data visualization project of the drone strikes in Pakistan.
THE MIT OPEN DOCUMENTARY LAB
MIT's documentary lab exists because at this moment of media change, the opportunities for documentarians have never been greater. Yet it is also a time of confusion, with narrative structures, technologies, business models and the role of the maker rapidly transforming. Questions abound. How can filmmakers and technologists access the financial, technical, and artistic resources to push the field forward? How can traditional filmmakers make the leap to interactive?
The MIT OpenDocLab supports this rapidly changing field through research, workshops, public resources, and events. As part of our mission of connecting storytellers, scholars and technologists, the OpenDocLab collaborates with forward-looking media organizations to advance the field together. OpenDocLab Director Sarah Wolozin and Research Assistant Katie Edgerton will provide an overview of the MIT OpenDocLab, focusing on the lab's ongoing projects and initiatives.
Sarah has always had an interest in exploring new platforms for storytelling and social change. Before coming to MIT, she produced documentaries and educational media for a wide variety of media outlets including PBS, Learning Channel, NPR, various websites and educational platforms.
Sarah Wolozin develops and oversees activities related to the lab including projects, events, and partnerships that support the emerging field of digital storytelling. She also manages lab operations.
A graduate of MIT's Comparative Media Studies program, Katie studies emerging films of digital storytelling and the future of the film and television industry at the MIT Open Documentary Lab.
A freelance writer and content developer, Katie worked as an Assistant Curator for Exhibitions at the National 9/11 Memorial Museum, where she helped develop the exhibit narrative and scripted the 9/11 Timeline, a Webby Award honoree. Katie's work has been published in Indiewire, Filmmaker Magazine, and Critical Studies in Television. In the fall, she will attend the University of Southern California's M.F.A. program in Writing for Screen and Television on an Annenberg Fellowship.
Pitch Interactive's work spans illustrations, physical installations, console game user interfaces, software applications, websites and textiles.
Their work has been showcased at the MoMA's TalkToMe exhibit in in New York, the McKnight Foundation's 30 year anniversary exhibit, the Foosaner Art Museum's "The Art of Networks" exhibit, The Max Planck Science Express Train, the Data Flow books and many other internationally acclaimed publications.
Wesley Grubbs is an artist, data visualizer and provocateur based in Berkeley, CA. In 2007 he founded Pitch Interactive, a studio who's focus is weaving code with design with statistics to find versatile solutions to communicate complex data for clients such as Google, Wired, GE, Esquire,Scientific American, Popular Science and the McKnight Foundation.