Past events

DocLab Live: Bloodless – Guided by the Ghost of a Korean Sex Worker 25 Nov 2017 at 17:00

Special presentation on VR installation Bloodless, in which director Gina Kim and guests discuss the influence of American military presence on the South Korean people since 1956.

DocLab Live: Order, Chaos and Everything 21 Nov 2017 at 20:00

Join Jonathan Harris on a secular pilgrimage: from physical reality to the chaos of YouTube, and a digital simulation of consciousness.

Industry Session: Making VR Work for Audiences 20 Nov 2017 at 10:00

Zillah Watson, Commissioning Editor for Virtual Reality at the BBC, on how to make VR work for audiences.

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IDFA DocLab Interactive Documentary Canon

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.

Crowd Assessment by Moniker. Commissioned by IDFA DocLab and De Brakke Grond, performed by the festival audience in 2015.

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?

Visitors to the DocLab: Seamless Reality exhibition at De Brakke Grond.

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.

Caspar Sonnen
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