Immerse


TYPE
: Other
GENRE: Documentary
STATUS: Production

LOGLINE

Immerse is an online magazine published 10x/year on Medium, and is designed to spark creative discussion of emerging nonfiction storytelling and create a more inculsive media landscape.

SYNOPSIS

Launched in late 2016, Immerse is a publication based on Medium, designed to spark conversation around new forms of interactive and immersive nonfiction media. Immerse writers examine the art and craft of emerging media covering impact, engagement, evaluation, ethics, aesthetics and other issues related to audiences and social change. It's a co-production of MIT Open Doc Lab and the Fledgling Fund and it supported by the Ford Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation.

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

How are we telling stories about the world today—and why? User participation, mobile, social, and gaming have already unsettled the waters of documentary and journalism. With the advent of a new wave of extended reality, this is a critical moment. We need a widespread public conversation around emerging media forms from across the globe because these new modes of storytelling are poised to shape the ways that billions of people learn, communicate, and understand themselves and the world.

 

We are committed to exploring and showcasing media projects that push the boundaries of media and tackle issues of social justice—and rely on friends like you to sustain ourselves and grow. We hope you’ll join us by making a gift today.

 

Immerse publishes regular features, along with responses to these pieces, plus roundups of relevant events and projects. With a curious and critical eye, we cover an array of topics: artificial intelligence, equity in tech, networked activism, nonfiction games, and more. We draw upon expertise across the field, as well as research and productions happening at MIT’s Open Documentary Lab.
 

We are concerned with serious questions about the ethics, impact, and implications of emerging forms. But also we want to celebrate the explosion of creativity and wild experimentation that’s happening at the moment—to have fun, surprise you, and also surprise ourselves along the way. In the process, we take a broad look at what we mean when we say “nonfiction.” Where does “media” end and “reality” begin? Our goal is to explore many different variations—yes, journalism and documentary, but also speculative fiction based on real-world events, experiential media that sneaks up on you in familiar (and unfamiliar) places, and new concepts such as distributed storytelling.

 

Our editorial board is comprised of leading curators of interactive and emerging media from the MIT Open Documentary Lab, Sundance Institute, IDFA DocLab, POV, and Tribeca Film Institute. But while we’re soliciting input from each of these leaders, Immerse is editorially independent. We’d also like ideas from you: our vibrant network of peers, readers, and practitioners.

 

The spirit of this publication is collaboration, and access for all. We want to make sure that a diverse range of voices are heard and amplified and to address emerging storytelling from as many places in the world as possible.

 

KEY CREW

Jessica Clark - Editor

Jessica Clark is editor of Immerse and the the founder and director of media strategy and production firm Dot Connector Studio.

Ingrid Kopp - Founding Producer/Project Producer

Ingrid has worked in documentaries and interactive media since 2000. She is the Co-Director of Electric South and lives in South Africa. 

Sarah Wolozin - Founding Producer/Editor-at-large

Sarah is the Founding Director of MIT Open Documentary Lab.

Sheila Leddy - Founding Producer

Sheila is the Executive Director at the Fledgling Fund

Kamal Sinclair - Contributing Editor

Kamal is the Director of the New Frontiers Lab Programs at the Sundance Institute. 

Michelle Polyak - Assistant Publisher

Michelle is the Assistant Director at Dot Connector Studio

Carrie McLaren - Associate Editor

Carrie is the Art Director at Dot Connector Studio.

 

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