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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Waves of Grace

Step into the virtual shoes of Decontee Davis, who recovered from Ebola and now helps other victims of the disease in a township in Monrovia, Liberia.

The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa that started in December 2013 was the biggest Ebola epidemic ever. Waves of Grace places us, virtually but convincingly, in the shoes of Decontee Davis, a Liberian woman who recovered from the disease. In West Point, the densely populated township of the Liberian capital of Monrovia where she lives, she talks about the experience of becoming ill and fighting for her life. She also discusses the many obstacles she has faced after her recovery and how she is using her immunity to the disease to help other patients. Waves of Grace is a collaboration between the leading virtual reality producer VRSE, the United Nations and the media company VICE. Chris Milk co-directs for VRSE. Milk’s background is in directing music videos (including for Arcade Fire, U2 and the Chemical Brothers), but he has been focusing for several years now on innovative cross-media projects, such as The Wilderness Downtown with Arcade Fire and the film made for virtual reality goggles Sound and Vision, with Beck. Gabo Arora (Clouds over Sidra) directs for the UN. Alongside the poignant message, this collaboration results in a highly cinematic virtual experience characterized by surprising camera angles and editing techniques not normally seen in this genre.

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

Presented as part of the DocLab: Seamless Reality program by IDFA and De Brakke Grond during DocLab Live: VR Cinema Showcase on Tuesday 24 November and as an interactive installation from 19-29 November.

Experience Waves of Grace using the Within app and Google Cardboard, available on iOS and Android, or on Oculus Rift through the Oculus store.

Project details

Year of development :2015
Created by:Gabo Arora & Chris Milk
With:VRSE & Vice

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