ARNAU GIFREU ONLINE CV - 2018
Lecturer, researcher and director in the audiovisual and multimedia field. He is a doctor in communications and has a master’s degree in digital arts from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). He has a bachelor’s degree in audiovisual communication from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).
He is a research affiliate at the Comparative Media Studies / Open Documentary Lab (MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and part of the i-Docs (University of the West of England). He is a lecturer at the ESCAC-University of Barcelona and ERAM (University of Girona, UDG). He is also a lecturer and tutor in various postgraduate courses. He has published various books and articles in his research area, interactive and transmedia non-fiction, and specifically on interactive documentaries
He has collaborated in several editions of the Musiclip Festival (2009-2011), coordinated e-Week (Digital Week of Vic 2012-2013) and the interDocsBarcelona, the interactive section of Docs Barcelona (2013-2018). He has also collaborated in the European Youth Award (ICNM 2011-2018, Austria)
During the last years, and with different affiliations, he has been a professor at University of Barcelona, Ramón Llull University (Blanquerna Communication College), at University of Girona (ERAM, Multimedia and Audiovisual School), at Open University of Catalonia (Communication Grade), at ENTI (Videogames Grade, School of New Interactive Technologies, UB), and at University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia (Business and Comumnication College, Superior Polytechnic School). Regarding postgraduate courses, he participated in several masters degree such as Masters Degree in Creative Documentary (UPF), Master s Degree in Theory and Practice of the Creative Documentary and the Masters Degree in Design and Management of the Audiovisual Production (UAB), among others.
He has been a member of different juries, notably the Sight and Sound Documentary Poll (British Film Institute), EYA Grand Jury (European Youth Award 2012), Docs21, DocsBarcelona Pitching Forum (interactive projects) and the Short Film Festival of Manlleu (2011). He was founder and coordinator of the projects interDOC and INF (Interactive NonFiction), interactive documentary and non-fiction observatories and production programs.
He has worked and collaborated in direction tasks for television stations such as 25TV or TVC and production companies such as Tasmania Films and MediaPro. He was chief editor for the journal “Ictineus” (DGR – Autonomous Government of Catalonia, El Periódico de Catalunya). Over the last years, co-directing Espill Media production company, he has produced and directed interactive and transmedia projects such as COME/IN/DOC and La Marató de TV3 (direction), Cyborg Project (production), MetamentalDOC, Això nostre and Animal Hero (academic advisor), Bugarach. Surviving the Apocalypse (interactive design) and Las Sinsombrero and Pregoneros de Medellín (assessment). He also collaborated in designing and creating the browsers of various Web portals, notably the production for the research group UNICA, the portal of the Observatori de la Producció Audiovisual (OPA) and the digital journal Formats, all linked to the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He has also participated in projecting visuals at different events (VJ).
IN RELATION TO INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY:
Researcher, lecturer and producer of interactive documentary.
As a researcher, my doctoral thesis (PhD) is dedicated to the study of the interactive documentary and to interactive forms of nonfiction in general, ("The interactive documentary as a new audiovisual genre. Approach to proposed definition and taxonomy and analysis model for the evaluation, design and production", UPF 2007-2012). I have published several articles and presented papers and activities on this topic in different international conferences, including the first symposium on interactive documentary (“i-docs Symposium”, Bristol 2011). I research for MIT Open Documentary Lab and I'm member of the “i-docs Group” (co-editor of “i-docs.org” portal), the first research group and international conference dedicated to interactive documentary study (2011-2018).
As a teacher, I have helped to start - as a consultant and teacher - the first line of interactive documentary for the Masters Degree in Creative Documentary at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2011). I have also taught the first seminars of analysis of this genre (“La Casa del Cine”, 2009-2012). I have supervised several projects - theoretical and prototypes - of this nature during my seven years leading the direction of project management of the Audiovisual Communication Degree at the University of Vic (Multimedia Specialty).
As a producer, I've been producing this type of formatin in Spain and Catalonia tfrom the point of view of education and training (Universitat de Vic, 2009-2012).
I have supervised several interactive documentaries in its first phase (PFC UVic) such as "En un xip multicolor" and have directed and co-directed several of these projects (current phase) such as“Societat 2.0”, “Metamentaldoc” and “I tu qui ets?”, among others.
I'm also the director of the observatory platform InterDOC (2011). This project combines the three areas described: research through the observatory, incentive the production and is a tool to complement didactic lectures and presentations. Interesting contributions to the field:
- Original framework to study i-docs, published articles and paper presentations at international conferences.
- Producer directing or co-directing interactive documentary in the Latin scope with students and/or professional.
- Member of the new documentary laboratory at MIT and the first group of research and international conference dedicated exclusively to this genre (i-Docs).
- Advisor and professor of the first line of Masters Degree and Seminars on the study of this kind of format in Spain.
- Founder and director of InterDOC, the first observatory to study non-interactive fiction.