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 Course co-leader of the new Digital and Interactive Storytelling LAB MA - 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 with whom she co-edited her recent book “i-docs: the Evolving Practices of Interactive Documentary”, Columbia University Press.
She has also created, designed and hosted !F Lab (Interactive Factual Lab) – a Creative Europe training scheme for interactive documentary makers, where people incubated and prototyped their interactive projects between 2015 and 2018.
Dr Sandra Gaudenzi started her career as a factual television producer and has kept a commitment to important and experimental stories that matter.
Recent projects include Corona Haikus (2020, Sandelion Productions) [see a webcast about the project here] and Digital Me (2016, BBC Taster) [see a presentation about the production process of DigitalMe here]
> read her industry interviews and case studies @ MIT's docubase.mit.edu
> read her i-Docs articles (and discover about the symposium, community and research work) @ www.i-docs.org
> follow her personal blog @ www.interactivefactual.net
My teaching covers:
> history of digital interactive storytelling
> forms, genres, trends and platforms of interactive storytelling
> immersive narrative, VR/AR/MR
> interactive documentary (i-doc)
> interactive media theory
> perception and representation through digital media
> creative and collaborative workshop methodologies for ideation and prototyping
> agiles methodologies for creative industries
> The WHAT IF IT process for storytelling ideation
> pitching & writing treatments for stories
My research mainly focuses on modes of interaction, forms of interactive storytelling and processes for digital storytelling ideation.
> for modes of interaction, please see my PhD - The Living Documentary: from representing reality to co-creating reality in digital interactive documentary. (14000 downloads so far!).
> for forms of interactive storytelling, have a look to the book that I recently co-edited and co-authored, i-docs: the Evolving Practices of Interactive Documentary, Columbia University Press.
> for storytelling ideation: leading the !F Lab training workshops has allowed me to develop a methodology of work in the field of interactive narratives, the WHAT IF IT process. You can download booklet about it, The !F Lab Field Guide to Interactive Storytelling Ideation.
> My own production includes being Co-initiator of the collaborative project Corona Haikus (Sandelion Productions), and Creative Director of the DigitalMe interactive experience (BBC Taster) in coproduction with Helios Design Labs and BBC Learning, iWonder.
Gaudenzi, Sandra and Paz, Andre (2019) eds. BUG : Interactive and Immersive Narratives. Rio de Janeiro : Oi Press.
Gaudenzi, Sandra (2019) Moving from story-telling to story-experiencing. Aplhaville : Journal of Film and Screen Media, n. 17/2019.
Gaudenzi, Sandra (2019) The !F Lab Field Guide to Interactive Storytelling Ideation. Available at: www.iflab.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/the-F-Lab-Field-Guide.pdf.
Gantier, S. and Gaudenzi, S. (2018) Vers un canevas méthodologique pour le design d’œuvres audiovisuelles interactives, Interfaces Numériques, Vol. 7 – n°3/2018.
Gaudenzi, Sandra; Aston, Judith; Rose, Mandy (2017) i-docs: 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/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/
Selection of PUBLIC TALKS:
Co-creating in times of Corona Pandemics - i-Docs/MIT, webcast
Corona Haikus, a collaborative project in times of pandemic - Lodz Film School, Poland
Why are interactive stories relevant today? – Universitad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia
Immersive trends in interactive narratives – Mostra Bug, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The WHAT IF IT methodology for story concept development – Prototype Booster, Gent, Belgium
Challenges and trends in interactive Factuals – Riga, Latvia
Why do i-docs matter? – Digital Culture Conference, Warsaw, Poland
Present and future of interactive factual narrative – Universitad de Santiago de Chile, Chile
Genres, trends and challenges of interfactuals – Artevelde University of Gent, Belgium
VR for Change – Cinema du reel, Nyon, Switzerland
Interactive Factual Narrative in Europe, Cross Media Zen, Vilnius, Lithuania
Web-Dox 2016 – Leuven, Belgium
I_dw workshop – Cinema du reel, Nyon, Switzerland
i-Docs 2016 - Bristol
i-docs: what are they? - Centre for Investigative Journalism, London
To hack or not to hack – ACM TVX2015, Brussels
Web-Dox 2015 - Leuven
I_dw workshop – Cinema du reel – Nyon, Switzerland
Personalised storytelling – Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
Digital Me, presenting work in progress – OpenDocLab, MIT, USA
The Highrise Project - The Barbican Centre, London
StoryBooster Workshop – Ravensbourne College, London
i-docs: what are they? - Centre for Investigative Journalism, London
Web-Dox 2014 – Leuven, Belgium
i-Docs 2014 - Bristol
Interactive documentaries in space and location – FilmForum, Gorizia - Italy
Du webdoc à l’i-doc comment penser l’expérience utilisateur? - Pictanouveau, Tourcoing - France
For a new generation of web-native storytellers - Mozilla Festival, London
The i-doc as a relational entity - Documentary Now, London