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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What is the What

Yesterday’s afternoon session covered everything from truth-based stand-up comedy, to crowd-sourcing and remix culture.


DocLab superbot Caspar Sonnen opened the discussion by noting the influence of technology on enabling a participatory, interactive mode of story-telling that is comparable to the campfire, oral traditions of yesteryear.

He was followed up by Perry Bard, who we saw earlier in the week, as she delved into more depth about the new language of “Internet-ese” (well she didn’t quite put it like that…) the development of which we’re all influencing as and when it happens.

Up next was funnyman and radio show host Micha Wertheim who echoed some of His Royal Ira Glassness’ ideas around the human fascination with simple – even banal – truths, in an era when the news seems (at best) overly-polished, and we are constantly bombarded with opinionated talking heads. He made some interesting points about the joy of communal listening / watching in the Internet age and then shamelessly plugged his (rather great sounding) project Echt Gebeurd which is inspired by The Moth in New York.

Austin Lynch followed on in the theme of simple truths, with a compressed presentation his beautiful Interview Project, and the excitement of discovering the unknown as it happens when shooting documentaries on the road.

The session finished with a presentation of the awe-inspiring YellowBird panoramic, 360* camera. A rather sharp change of tone was characterized by the booming Hollywood blockbuster-style voice-over that carries the YellowBird demo, but it was made up for by the lovely Kat Cyzek who is currently testing the camera in Amsterdam’s Bijlmer housing project (apologies for the atrocious weather Kat), for her new High Rise web documentary project.

Watch this space for our exclusive interview with Kat.

Bolggery by Minilot.