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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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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