Celebrating ten years of undefined non-fiction storytelling and art
This year marks the 10th anniversary of IDFA DocLab, the new media program of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Since 2007, IDFA DocLab has showcased all kinds of projects, from web-documentaries, games, apps and virtual reality experiences to live performances, installations and other, often still undefined artforms. Together, these projects revealed how the digital revolution changed documentary art and storytelling, as well as the world we live in.
A decade later, many of these projects continue to inspire the future of documentary art. That is why, to mark the 10th anniversary edition of the program, we invited an international selection of new media curators, decision makers, award-winning artists and producers to look back at the past decade. What were their favorite interactive documentary projects? Which projects should never be forgotten? The result is what you are holding right now: the IDFA DocLab Canon of Interactive Documentary.
We hope the canon can also be a starting point for discussing the future. What do great interactive and immersive projects have in common? How should we approach new technologies? How can we make the interactive community more diverse and keep the internet an open platform? And, last but not least, how do we keep the many timeless masterpieces in the Canon of Interactive Documentary accessible to future generations?
On behalf of my colleagues Wotienke Vermeer, Michael Zbieranowski, Lieven Heeremans and everyone else at IDFA, we hope you will enjoy the IDFA DocLab Interactive Documentary Canon and (re)discover some amazing projects to play with. Special thanks to our contributors who collectively curated the canon, designer Rafaella Wang and those who made this publication possible: the Mondriaan Foundation, ARTE and the Netherlands Institute of Sound and Vision. But above all, thank you to all the artists and people who made IDFA DocLab what it is today.
You can find the 95 projects selected by the contributors for the IDFA DocLab Interactive Documentary Canon here.
Head of New Media & DocLab
May Abdalla, Arik Bernstein, Keiko Bang, Jason Brush, Jorge Caballero, Katerina Cizek, Arnaud Colinart, David Dufresne, Dries Depoorter, Sandra Gaudenzi, Annika Gustafson, Brett Gaylor, Marshall Heald, Ingrid Kopp, Marianne Lévy-Leblond, John MacFarlane, Margaux Missika, Lauren McCarthy, Bjarke Myrthu, Katy Morrison, Vincent Morisset, Joël Ronez, Bregtje van der Haak, Amy Rose, Kamal Sinclair, Jenny Smets, Hugues Sweeney, Osnat Trabelsi, William Uricchio, Sarah Wolozin, Yaniv Wolf
Made possible by The Mondriaan Foundation, ARTE, and The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision