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Live: Performing Reality

Groundbreaking digital documentary artists Bianca Giaever and Anagram invite the audience to come and play with reality during a unique live cinema event.

Three digital artists play with reality and the audience. The event includes moving multimedia stories by Webby winner Bianca Giaever (This American Life), sound artist Ant Hampton and a live performance by the British duo Anagram, who will explore the boundaries between our physical and digital realities with the audience. Presented in collaboration with the Dutch Cultural Media Fund.

Bianca Giaever (1990) is a filmmaker and radio producer. Her work has been featured on The New York Times, the NPR shows This American Life and Radiolab, websites such as Buzzfeed, Jezebel, The Huffington Post, The Atlantic, CBS News, and Short of the Week, at various film festivals, and at the TED conference. In 2013, USA Today falsely reported that she had a six-year-old son, and then subsequently named her film, the Scared is scared, “Web Video of the Year.” During Performing Reality, she will present some of her latest work, including the Video 4 U series for This American Life and a story about what happened to people voted “most likely to succeed” in highschool.

Anagram presents: A glitch in time
Computer networks and alghorithms have become an integral part of our everyday life. The rise of immersive technologies, like virtual reality and artificial intelligence, are attempting to dissolve the boundaries between physical and digital reality. Does this mean that physical and digital reality are destined to merge into one seamless experience? Or has this already happened? Maybe the question we need to ask is simply: how do we comprehend reality in the first place? As part of the DocLab: Seamless Reality program, IDFA and De Brakke Grond invited the award-winning artists Amy Rose and May Abdalla (Anagram) to create a live experience exploring our present-day perceptions of reality. During the event, Anagram invites the audience to become part of a sensory experiment, unpicking the seams of cyber and corporeal realities with a journey into “the experience glitch”. Using sound, sensation and sympathy, they will create gaps for our imagination to leap across. Come play and discover how we design our personal realities.

This event is part of IDFA 2015 and the DocLab: Seamless Reality program. The DocLab: Seamless Reality program is a co-production by IDFA and De Brakke Grond. Made possible by the Creative Industries Fund NL and the AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts), in collaboration with the Dutch Cultural Media Fund, the Netherlands Film Fund, VAF, Creative Europe Media Desk Flanders.

Event information

  • When: 2015-11-20 at 20:00
  • Venue Name: De Brakke Grond
  • Venue address: Nes 43, 1012KD Amsterdam
  • With: Anagram, Ant Hampton & Bianca Giaever