About me

Dr Sandra Gaudenzi is a world expert in interactive narratives. She has been consulting, mentoring, researching, lecturing, writing, speaking and blogging about interactive factual narratives for the last twenty years.  

She is Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster in the new Digital and Interactive Storytelling LAB - a place to explore, experiment and excel in the storytelling forms of our digital culture.

She is a Visiting Fellow at the Digital Cultures Research Centre (UWE, UK) where she co-directs the i-Docs conference and website, and with whom she co-edited her recent book “i-docs: the Evolving Practices of Interactive Documentary”.

She is also Head of Studies of !F Lab (Interactive Factual Lab) – a Creative Europe training scheme for interactive documentary makers, where people can incubate and prototype their interactive projects.

> follow her personal blog @ www.interactivefactual.net

> discover the i-Docs symposium, community and work @  www.i-docs.org 

> read her industry interviews and case studies @ MIT's  docubase.mit.edu

Teaching

Senior Lecturer @ disLAB - digital and interactive storytelling LAB 

> factual and interactive storytelling

> interactive documentary 

> interactive media theory

> creative and collaborative workshop methods

> agiles methodologies for creative industries

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2009 – now     i-Docs, University of West England (UWE) – Bristol

Visiting Research Fellow, Digital Cultures Research Centre, UWE – Bristol

 > Co-Convenor of i-Docs 2011 & 2012, 2014 & 2016 the first conference to be totally dedicated to interactive documentaries.

My role: development of the original idea, curating the themes of the year, selection of papers and speakers, co-ordination and organization of the event, presenting on the day, blogging on its website & social media.

Creative Director of the website http://i-docs.org

Co-Manager of its Facebook Group

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2000- 2013       LONDON COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION -  London

                                                                                                                                                           Associate Lecturer, MA Interactive Media and MA Documentary

Subjects: new media theory, interactivity, non linear narrative

Responsibilities: teaching, tutoring, assessing, marking practical work and dissertations, rewriting course handbook

Main research interest: Interactive documentary, non-linearity and storytelling

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2007 – 2012    GOLDSMITHS, University of London, Cultural Studies  - London

PhD “The Living Documentary:  from representing reality to co-creating reality in digital interactive documentary” - downloadable here

Creator & web editor of www.interactivedocumentary.net

Workshop leader on interactive television practices    

Research

My research is both about production process of interactive storytelling development and about making projects myself.

> on the Production Practices, leading the !F Lab training has helped me developing a methodology of work in the field of interactive narratives. I have both put it in practice by organising Hackathons and events and by writing about it (see my chapter in The Evolving Practices of Interactive Documentary. New York: Columbia University Press.)

> My project production includes being  Creative Director of the DigitalMe interactive experience (BBC Taster) in coproduction with Helios Design Labs and BBC Learning, iWonder.  

See also below an indicative BIBLIOGRAPHY:

Gaudenzi, Sandra; Aston, Judith; Rose, Mandy (2017) The Evolving Practices of Interactive Documentary. New York: Columbia University Press.

Gaudenzi, Sandra (2015) Strategies of Participation: the Who, What and When of Collaborative Documentaries. In: New Documentary Ecologies, Emerging Platforms, Practices and Discourses, ed. Nash, K., Hight, C., Summerhayes, C. Palgrave Macmillan.

Gaudenzi, Sandra (2015) To Hack or not to Hack: Interactive Storytelling in the 21st Century. In: TVX'15Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Interactive Experiences for TV and Online Video. New York: ACM.

Gaudenzi, Sandra (2014) Interactive Documentary. In: Ryan, Marie-Laure ed. Johns Hopkins Guide to   Digital Media and Textuality. John Hopkins University Press.

Gaudenzi, Sandra (2013) i-docs and the Art of Intimacy [Internet]. Available from: http://i-docs.org/2013/04/28/i-docs-and-the-art-of-intimacy/

Gaudenzi, Sandra (2013) The interactive documentary as a Living Documentary. In: DOC On-Line, Digital Magazine on Documentary Cinema, Special edition Webdocumentary n.14 (08/2013).

Gaudenzi, Sandra and Aston, Judith (2012) Interactive Documentary: Setting the Field. In: Studies in Documentary Film, 6: 2.

Gaudenzi, Sandra; Aston, Judith and Dovey, Jonathan (2012) eds. I-Docs Special Edition, Studies in Documentary Film, 6: 2.

Gaudenzi, Sandra (2013) The Living Documentary:  from representing reality to co-creating reality in digital interactive documentary [PhD]. Available from: http://eprints.gold.ac.uk/7997/

Gaudenzi, Sandra (2011) When documentary space becomes a whole city [Internet]. Available from: http://i-docs.org/2011/09/08/when-documentary-space-becomes-a-whole-...

Gaudenzi, Sandra (2011) The i-doc as a Relational Object [Internet]. Available from: http://i-docs.org/2011/09/08/the-i-doc-as-a-relational-object/

… plus blog posts , reviews and interviews on websites including:

 www.iflab.eu

www.i-docs.org

www.docubase.mit.edu

www.interactivefactual.net (personal blog)

Publications

For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.