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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Fort McMoney

A groundbreaking fusion of documentary and video game in which visitors play the detective, unraveling the interests that lurk behind the Canadian oil industry

Fort McMurray, the heart of the Canadian oil industry, is the scene for a groundbreaking fusion of documentary and video game. The creators, web pioneers NFB and Arte with contributions by journalists from Süddeutsche.de and Le Monde, put you in their own shoes. Their mission is your mission: to unravel the interests that lurk behind the appearance of success, wealth and happiness. “Discover the city. Interrogate its protagonists. Control its destiny.” You walk like a detective through Fort McMurray, recreated as a virtual environment. During your wanderings, you can watch interviews with the Canadian environment minister and the chairman of energy giant Total. Lesser folk also have their say, like the owner of a strip club and a spokesman for an action group: “They call it development. We call it destruction.” Data visualizations of odometers that go in the red illustrate that it’s five minutes to midnight. What is the fate of McMurray? Will it keep descending into a spiral of oil dollars and greed, or is there more space for pine forests, rivers and snowy mountains? The choice is up to you, as you stand with your feet in the mud in this web documentary – just like journalists, politicians, spokesmen and policymakers.

Project details

Year of development :2013
Created by:David Dufresne
With:Philippe Lamarre and Raphaëlle Huysmans (TOXA), Hugues Sweeney and Dominique Willieme (NFB), in association with ARTE

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