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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6 Billion & The Ninth Floor: Live

Night 3 in the DocLab and we were wowed once again with the pride of WebDocistan: two outstanding audio-visual show-cases which exploit the Internet medium in two very different ways.


First up was the epic and bedazzling 6 Billion Others. Over a period of four years (an eternity by web standards) a total of 5000 interviews were collected from as many countries as they could get their cams on (FYI that would be 75!) to create a sweeping collection of moments that represent human experience on a global scale.

Initiated by photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand – known and loved for his earth-shattering aerial photographs, the initially destined for an exhibition to be held in Paris. Six filmmakers, armed with visual pamphlets explaining their project, gallivanted across the globe conducting semi-open interviews with as diverse a population as they could garner.

Some of the key questions would get lost in translation: the concept of Happiness does not exist as such in Masai culture for instance. And discussing Love in Japan in not the done thing. Interesting anecdotes emerged about communicating what we perceive to be universal themes across different societies.

Whittling down 4700 hours of footage, they have succeeded in created a stunning oeuvre of mind-boggling proportions, that continues to live a vibrant life online with a participatory audience of contributors and translators.

6 Billion Others was followed in sharp contrast by the grimly compelling The Ninth Floor, produced by the industry leader MediaStorm. It follows the lives of a group of young heroine addicts struggling through their desperate existences in a dilapidated New York building. Exquisitely edited pure, still photography is carried by powerful oral interviews to create a deeply intimate exploration of the torturous path into addiction – and a possible reason to get out.

Looking forward to a second helping of MediaStorm tomorrow night with Driftless on the BIG screen for the final DocLab Live Presentation this year.

Got the DocLab-almost-over Blues? Come shake it at tonight’s geek chic super-do. Tuesday is the new Friday!

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