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 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 carrer as a factual television producer and has kept a commitment to important and experimental stories that matter.

> 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

Teaching

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

Research

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  Creative Director of the DigitalMe interactive experience (BBC Taster) in coproduction with Helios Design Labs and BBC Learning, iWonder.  

 

Indicative BIBLIOGRAPHY:

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/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/

Selection of PUBLIC TALKS:

2018

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

2017

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

2016      

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

2015

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

2014

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

2013

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