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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Bear 71 VR

A seminal piece in the history of interactive documentary, reimagined and re-released as a virtual reality experience.

Bear 71 is a groundbreaking interactive documentary experience, told from the point of view of Bear 71, a female grizzly bear living in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. The project blurs the line between the wild world and the wired one, as we follow various wild animals from the moment they were implanted with a GPS receiver and a chip. Deer 48, Fox 21, Bear 71: the park rangers know exactly where they are every moment of every day, and they film their daily comings and goings using special security cameras all over the park. Bear 71 lets us watch over their shoulders, revealing how humans coexist with wildlife in the age of networks, surveillance and digital information. Originally released as a web experience in 2012 (and nominated for the IDFA DocLab Award), Bear 71 is considered a seminal piece in the history of interactive documentary. As part of DocLab’s 10-year anniversary, IDFA and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision co-commissioned the original creators of the project to reimagine the experience in a new medium. The result is the launch of the immersive installation Bear 71 VR.

Project details

Year of development :2016
Created by:National Film Board of Canada

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