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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I Know Where Your Cat Lives

Uploading photos isn’t as harmless as you might think, as demonstrated by this amusing but unsettling online data project.

Millions of cat lovers from all over the world upload pictures of their fluffy housemates. This data project makes it possible to find out exactly who those cats are. Almost a million feline photos plucked from various public sites have been passed through certain algorithms by a supercomputer. The result is a unique bank of cat data. If while viewing the project you feel the urge to see a surprise new cat, anywhere in the world, simply click on “Random cat.” If you want to know where the most cat photos are taken, just take a look at one of the sets of statistics. If you go searching for cats in your area, don’t be surprised if you lose yourself for an entire Sunday afternoon. But this website wants to be more than just a collection point for adorable cat pics. The project shows just how easily information that has been placed online can be collected and used by publicly accessible databanks. Rather than indicating how many cats live in the Netherlands, “Cats by country” shows how many cat photos have been uploaded (in the case of the Netherlands, that’s 10,468). This is why the makers themselves say that “the maps are perhaps a better representation of globalism, access to smart phones, and relaxed consideration for individual privacy.” At the time of writing, the number of cat photos uploaded from Syria was 80.

This competition project is part of the DocLab Expo: Immersive Reality presented by IDFA and De Brakke Grond.

Project details

Year of development :2014
Created by:Owen Mundy

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