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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Rebuild Fukushima

Contribute to the reconstruction of Fukushima following the nuclear disaster, using construction kits based on Google Street View images.

A full five years after the nuclear disaster in March 2011, the Japanese province of Fukushima still looks like a modern-day Pompeii. Traffic lights flip from red to green in this spectral zone, but nobody is there to cross the road. Reconstruction has begun around the nuclear facility, and urban planners and archaeologists are not the only ones involved. Dagmar van Wersch and Bert Hana are working on it too, from their laptop on the other side of the world. Van Wersch is a photographer (without a camera) and Hana is a Google Street View expert, and they are using Street View to scan Fukushima. Inspired by postcards of iconic buildings that can be folded to create miniature scale models, they use the images they find to create construction kits of the original houses. Combining this tangible component with audio tracks of former inhabitants, Rebuild Fukishima conveys the impact of the disaster on an individual level: what it means to be unable to return home. Van Wersch and Hana have done all the preparatory work. Now it’s your turn to rack your brains and get building – helping Fukushima to rise like a phoenix from the radioactive ashes.

Selected for IDFA 2015 and eligible for the IDFA DocLab Award for Immersive Non-Fiction.

Presented as part of the DocLab: Seamless Reality program by IDFA and De Brakke Grond as an interactive installation from 19-29 November.

Project details

Year of development :2015
Created by:Bert Hana & Dagmar van Wersch

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