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[The Brain] 24 Nov 2018 at 20:00

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Doclab Live: Jacco Gardner’s Somnium 23 Nov 2018 at 20:00, 22:00

Sensory live performance in the ARTIS planetarium of Jacco Gardner’s new album Somnium and the kinetic installation Volverium by Thijs Biersteker.

DocLab Academy: Workshop Day at Lava Lab 20 Nov 2018 at 9:30

A full day of hand’s on workshops by several professionals, taking place at design and technology innovation lab Lava Lab.

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Interactive Reality Lab

A new meeting place and talent program for digital storytellers

During IDFA 2013, the interdisciplinary arts centre De Brakke Grond, IDFA DocLab and iDrops present the Interactive Reality Lab, a new meeting place for international experts and a talent program for 20 digital documentary storytellers from the Netherlands and Belgium.

  • How does one tell an interactive documentary story?
  • How do successful digital pioneers make use of the freedom offered by the internet, without getting lost in its boundlessness?
  • How do they create projects that go beyond technological innovation and manage to touch our emotions?
  • How does one finance an interactive documentary, find the right partners, and reach an audience?

The Interactive Reality Lab aims to contribute to both the international development of the interactive documentary genre and discover, stimulate and nurture new talents from the low countries by allowing world-renowned artists and experts – among whom will be Jonathan Harris, Loc Dao (NFB), Vincent Morisset and many many more – to share their knowledge with each other and up-and-coming digital documentary storytellers. Participants have access to all events from the Interactive Reality program, as well as to a number private sessions. Highlights include:

Interactive Talent Summit
International experts and talents are invited to exchange ideas, network and discuss the future of interactive documentary. The event includes breakfast and a case study and workshop of an ambitious new interactive documentary in development by a.o. Upian and ARTE France.

Monday 25 November | 9 am – 2 pm | Invitation Only

Masterclash Hackaton
Three lab participants will be invited to each develop a new interactive project in 24 hours, under the professional guidance of three renowned digital pioneers and the Upian production team. Results will be presented the very next day at the Interactive Reality Conference on 24 November.

Tutors include

Participants Interactive Reality Lab 2013

Lotte Meijer
“I am an interaction designer passionate about sharing stories and bringing out the stories hidden in datasets with interactive installations, websites, location-based mobile applications, and embedded media that are enlightening, entertaining, and easy to use.”

Annelies Termeer
I am a digital strategist. I develop interactive projects in the cultural field. These projects can take many forms, but always aim to be content-driven and user-centered”

Albertine Piels
“I am a multimedia filmmaker, journalist and senior editor at TEDxAmsterdam. I’m passionate about the internet and I believe in digital and interactive storytelling as the future of filmmaking.”

Maartje Duin
“I am a journalist and a radio documentary maker. Fascinated by social taboos like idleness, loneliness, the disadvantages of being rich. My stories are personal and often feature myself as a wondering narrator.”

Nienke Huitenga
“I am a transmedia producer and a journalist with a soft spot for everything film. I also lecture in media and story design.”

Sara Kolster
“I am an independent designer specialised in digital storytelling. I initiate interactive productions for museums and (non-fiction) interactives for radio & tv broadcasters and independent filmmakers.”

Hay Kranen
“Imagine a straight line. On the left there is web development, on the right you’ve got internet art. I’m somewhere in the middle.”

Jan Rothuizen
“I am a visual artist who maps reality by hand-drawn drawings. My work can bee seen monthly in the newspaper ŒDe Volkskrant¹ and in ŒSoft Atlas¹ books.”

Menno Otten
“I am an experimental filmmaker working on documentaries, multi-screen installations and video-art projects. My latest short “Via Dolorosa” premieres at this years IDFA.”

Gustaaf Haan
“Making a flying start into the world of documentaries.”

Koert van Menschvoort
“The discovery of has been the most profound experience in my life so far. I employ all sorts of media to materialize my philosophy.”

Floris Kaayk
“I’m focusing on futuristic visions, fantasies and concepts. My work visualizes technological progress, sometimes by showing its benefits, or by presenting its negative consequences.”

Wim Forceville
“I am the co-founder of the creative-technological collective Fisheye from Ghent, Belgium. As well as the founder of Coptermotion, which flies drones for the film world. From cinema to 3D photogrammetry & friendly robotics.”

Katherina Smets
“As a radio journalist and feature maker I work for the national broadcast in Belgium (VRT) and the Netherlands (VPRO). I teach audio storytelling at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp.”

Sandy Claes
“Filmmaker, Designer, Experimenter, Thinker, Writer and cat lover.”

Lieven Corthouts
“I was born in Belgium, raised in a suburb of Brussels. I made My Future in Ethiopia and moved to Addis were I made Little Heaven. These two films have been screened at IDFA. Now, I am making a film in a refugee camp somewhere at the border of Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia.”

Gregg Young
“I am an film maker with interests in gaming, interactivity and plain good storytelling.”

Erwin Verbruggen
“I work in research preserving disclosing audiovisual archives for the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. I program films for the open air film festival in Amsterdam.”

Herve Verloes
“Educated as a journalist, I started using the camera as soon as I began working. Since 4 years, I am working on several transmedia projects, and web-based multilingual storytelling in Europe.”

Tom Cornille
“I’m a senior researcher working in Research & Development of VRT, a Flemish Public Broadcast company. The main focus of my research is the development of prototypes for interactive, personalised and immersive experiences using new or emerging

Ingrid Leonard
“With a style that combines theater and documentary I explore the relationship between the individual and his or her environment. My points of interest are identity and space as a trigger for social behavior.”

The Interactive Reality Lab is an initiative by Flemmish Arts Centre De Brakke Grond, IDFA DocLab, MEDIA Desk Vlaanderen and iDrops, in collaboration with the Netherlands Film Fund. It is made possible by the Creative Industries Fund NL and the AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts).

Event information

  • When: 2013-11-22 at 16:00
  • Venue Name: De Brakke Grond
  • Venue address: Nes 43, 1012 KD Amsterdam
  • With: Alexandre Brachet, Brett Gaylor and Hugues Sweeney

Event Detail

By Invitation Only