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DocLab at Virtually There, MIT Open Documentary Lab Conference

Virtually There: Documentary Meets Virtual Reality conference is now available online

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On May 6th to 7th, IDFA DocLab’s Caspar Sonnen joined other speakers, artists and technologists for a two-day conference held by the MIT Open Documentary Lab to discuss the language, implications, and future of virtual reality and documentary. Speakers included Janet Murray, Jessica Brillhart, Robert Overweg, Félix Lajeunesse, Karim Ben Khelifa, Nonny de la Peña, Brian Chirls, Katerina Cizek and many others.

An exhibition of virtual reality documentary experiments including highlights from IDFA DocLab accompanied the conference.


Caspar Sonnen, Head of New Media at IDFA DocLab begins at the 2:48:12 mark

“VR is capturing the imagination of documentary storytellers, journalists, artists, technologists and investors all over the world. An industry is emerging. Yet for all of its enthusiasts, VR has its skeptics. For all it is talked about, VR can be deeply misunderstood. Virtual reality means many things to many people: an immersive experience, a new tool for storytelling, a cluster of quite different technologies and techniques, and even an epistemological claim.”

Virtually There was presented by MIT Open Documentary Lab, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Phi Centre. For more information about the conference, see the Virtually There website.