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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DocLab at Virtually There, MIT Open Documentary Lab Conference

Virtually There: Documentary Meets Virtual Reality conference is now available online

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On May 6th to 7th, IDFA DocLab’s Caspar Sonnen joined other speakers, artists and technologists for a two-day conference held by the MIT Open Documentary Lab to discuss the language, implications, and future of virtual reality and documentary. Speakers included Janet Murray, Jessica Brillhart, Robert Overweg, Félix Lajeunesse, Karim Ben Khelifa, Nonny de la Peña, Brian Chirls, Katerina Cizek and many others.

An exhibition of virtual reality documentary experiments including highlights from IDFA DocLab accompanied the conference.


Caspar Sonnen, Head of New Media at IDFA DocLab begins at the 2:48:12 mark

“VR is capturing the imagination of documentary storytellers, journalists, artists, technologists and investors all over the world. An industry is emerging. Yet for all of its enthusiasts, VR has its skeptics. For all it is talked about, VR can be deeply misunderstood. Virtual reality means many things to many people: an immersive experience, a new tool for storytelling, a cluster of quite different technologies and techniques, and even an epistemological claim.”

Virtually There was presented by MIT Open Documentary Lab, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Phi Centre. For more information about the conference, see the Virtually There website.