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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Robots in Residence

If robots can build cars and bomb people in foreign countries, why wouldn’t they be able to make documentary films one day?

How would a robot approach its documentary subject? What questions would it ask? What problems would it face and what advantages would it have? These are just some of the questions that robot artist Alexander Reben and experimental filmmaker Brent Hoff will try to answer as part of the fifth anniversary of the IDFA DocLab program.

For the Robots in Residence Project, Reben designed a series of small documentary robots that were set free for the duration of the festival. They roamed around the Expanding Documentary Exhibition, looking for interesting people and things to document. Everyone could  interact with the robots and answer some of their questions. During DocLab Live: Reality vs Future on Monday, November 19, Reben and Hoff presented the project and premiered a rough cut of its first ever robot-made documentary.


Project details

Year of development :2012
Created by:Alexander Reben & Brent Hoff

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