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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CIA: Operation Ajax

Award-winning innovative graphic novel app that reconstructs the battle for black gold in the Arab world, long before the Second World War broke out.

First there was the Internet, and now the tablet has been discovered as a medium for innovative storytelling, inspiring unexpected and inventive hybrids. This award-winning app is equal parts animation documentary, spectacularly designed graphic novel, and in-depth journalistic reconstruction. Based on Stephen Kinzer’s book All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror, CIA: Operation Ajax reveals how the battle for black gold in the Arab world broke out long before the Second World War. The British rulers had an iron grip on Iranian oil supplies until the dissident Mohammed Mossadegh arrived on the scene. Political tensions continued to rise, leading to the CIA-supported coup that brought down the Iranian democracy in 1953. With Kinzer’s help, Mike De Seve adapted the historical events to create 10 chapters that come together in a filmic reading experience. The user swipes and brushes his or her way from image to image, each of them subtly and functionally animated, accompanied by a realistic soundtrack. CIA: Operation Ajax isn’t a graphic novel, an animation, or a documentary – it’s all of them at the same time.

Project details

Year of development :2012
Created by:Daniel Burwen
With:Cognito Comics
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