Past events

DocLab Live: Immersive Showcase 22 Nov 2016 at 20:00

Immersive storytelling is going through an unprecedented evolution. But where does the hype end and do new art forms take shape?

Industry Session: Putting Your Audience in the Story 22 Nov 2016 at 12:00

Virtual reality pioneer Zillah Watson tells you all about storytelling in emerging consumer technology.

Industry Talk: The (Un)defined Business of Interactive 22 Nov 2016 at 15:00

With over 10 years of digital non-fiction art production behind us, this talk explores future developments of interactive storytelling and how to fund it.

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The Soft Atlas of The Netherlands

Jan Rothuizen maps the world in his drawings: personal but not fictitious, sometimes journalistic but more often documentary, and always surprising.

Although you wouldn’t think so at first glance, the works of documentary artist Jan Rothuizen are inextricably linked to the DocLab theme of interactive storytelling.

Like the other projects in the DocLab program, Rothuizen maps the world in a way that is not easy to define. His drawn realities are personal but not fictitious, sometimes journalistic but more often documentary, and always surprising. He describes his way of working as a form of echolocation – his presence has an impact on his environment, but the surroundings change him as well. He visits cities, neighborhoods, squares and houses in Holland, and as he walks around he jots down what he sees, thinks and feels.These locations range from the IKEA showroom and the red light district to the bedroom of a young soldier killed in Afghanistan and a detention center for illegal immigrants at Schiphol Airport. How do others look at Rothuizen’s reality?

On November 17, IDFA DocLab opens with the premiere of Rothuizen’s latest book, The Soft Atlas of The Netherlands, including live performances by photographer and writer Hans Aarsman and writer Dirk van Weelden.

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Year of development :2011
Created by:Jan Rothuizen
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