DocLab Shorts 24 Nov at 19:45
A program of short stories that would never have existed without the internet.
What is the What
Yesterday’s afternoon session covered everything from truth-based stand-up comedy, to crowd-sourcing and remix culture.
DocLab superbot Caspar Sonnen opened the discussion by noting the influence of technology on enabling a participatory, interactive mode of story-telling that is comparable to the campfire, oral traditions of yesteryear.
He was followed up by Perry Bard, who we saw earlier in the week, as she delved into more depth about the new language of “Internet-ese” (well she didn’t quite put it like that…) the development of which we’re all influencing as and when it happens.
Up next was funnyman and radio show host Micha Wertheim who echoed some of His Royal Ira Glassness’ ideas around the human fascination with simple – even banal – truths, in an era when the news seems (at best) overly-polished, and we are constantly bombarded with opinionated talking heads. He made some interesting points about the joy of communal listening / watching in the Internet age and then shamelessly plugged his (rather great sounding) project Echt Gebeurd which is inspired by The Moth in New York.
Austin Lynch followed on in the theme of simple truths, with a compressed presentation his beautiful Interview Project, and the excitement of discovering the unknown as it happens when shooting documentaries on the road.
The session finished with a presentation of the awe-inspiring YellowBird panoramic, 360* camera. A rather sharp change of tone was characterized by the booming Hollywood blockbuster-style voice-over that carries the YellowBird demo, but it was made up for by the lovely Kat Cyzek who is currently testing the camera in Amsterdam’s Bijlmer housing project (apologies for the atrocious weather Kat), for her new High Rise web documentary project.
Watch this space for our exclusive interview with Kat.
Bolggery by Minilot.