Past events

[The Brain] 24 Nov 2018 at 20:00

Discover what it’s like to be part of a collective brain: a self-organizing, complex system that generates autonomous output.

Doclab Live: Jacco Gardner’s Somnium 23 Nov 2018 at 20:00, 22:00

Sensory live performance in the ARTIS planetarium of Jacco Gardner’s new album Somnium and the kinetic installation Volverium by Thijs Biersteker.

DocLab Academy: Workshop Day at Lava Lab 20 Nov 2018 at 9:30

A full day of hand’s on workshops by several professionals, taking place at design and technology innovation lab Lava Lab.

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Was Bob really the love of 84-year-old Elisa’s life, or is he the product of a faulty memory?

This six-part podcast by audio collective SCHIK goes in search of the love of 84-year-old Elisa’s life, examining the complex way our memories work. According to Elisa’s daughters, in recent years their mother—who is suffering from dementia—has been talking about the boy next door, Bob. The story is that she fell madly in love with him as a 15-year-old girl, ended up pregnant and was forced to give up the baby in a convent. Her memories are so vivid it seems worthwhile to go in search of this Bob. But finding someone you’re not even sure exists turns out to be a really difficult undertaking. Swinging from hope to despair, sadness to hilarity, and from genuine doubt to surprising discoveries, the story penetrates ever deeper into the gray areas of the brain as it succumbs to dementia. This layered, self-conscious montage of musings, ambient sound, subtle music and interviews with experts and others creates a landscape in which the truth is never simple, even when discovered. The mysterious Bob eventually proves to be a great cliffhanger, effortlessly drawing the listener into the next episode. For IDFA, SCHIK adapted the podcast into an interactive multimedia performance, made possible by the Film Fund DocLab Interactive Grant.

Project details

Year of development :2017
Created by:Nele Eeckhout, Siona Houthuys, Mirke Kist
With:VPRO Dorst

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