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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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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