Past events

Live: Super Stream Me 26 Nov 2015 at 20:00

A look back on one of the most ruthless live streaming experiments ever with Tim Den Besten and Nicolaas Veul as well as several special guests.

Live: VR Cinema Showcase 24 Nov 2015 at 20:00

Virtual reality pioneers show their latest works and reflect on both the hype and artistic potential of virtual reality and immersive media.

Live: The Art of Artificial Intelligence 23 Nov 2015 at 20:00

Live cinema event on artificial intelligence, including live presentations of Kyle McDonald, Dries Depoorter and Ross Goodwin.

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Robots in Residence

If robots can build cars and bomb people in foreign countries, why wouldn’t they be able to make documentary films one day?

How would a robot approach its documentary subject? What questions would it ask? What problems would it face and what advantages would it have? These are just some of the questions that robot artist Alexander Reben and experimental filmmaker Brent Hoff will try to answer as part of the fifth anniversary of the IDFA DocLab program.

For the Robots in Residence Project, Reben designed a series of small documentary robots that were set free for the duration of the festival. They roamed around the Expanding Documentary Exhibition, looking for interesting people and things to document. Everyone could  interact with the robots and answer some of their questions. During DocLab Live: Reality vs Future on Monday, November 19, Reben and Hoff presented the project and premiered a rough cut of its first ever robot-made documentary.


Project details

Year of development :2012
Created by:Alexander Reben & Brent Hoff

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