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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What is it like to flee your home and start again in a new country? This virtual reality film allows you to feel this period of limbo, waiting for a decision that will affect the rest of your life.

The refugee crisis has challenged Europe. Media coverage has been extensive but despite the many heart wrenching accounts there seems to be no broad social understanding of their plight. What if we didn’t just hear their stories, but could actually experience what they go through? This is the aim of VR film Limbo: no talking heads or footage of wandering Africans, but a piece which places you in the position of a newly arrived asylum seeker cast adrift in a new world, not allowed to work, unsure if you will be allowed to stay. You gaze around a black and white ghost town, taken to the house where you’ll wait with other asylum seekers, seemingly forever. The interview which determines if you will stay is nightmarish – you’re asked details so specific you couldn’t possibly remember, triggering traumas and images from the past. The interviewer’s blurred image blurred image repeats around you: first in front, then beside, then behind. He’s so close you have to look. It’s intimidating and frustrating, and it allows you to get a sense of this suffocating powerlessness.

Project details

Year of development :2017
Created by:Shehani Fernando
With:Francesca Panetta, Nicole Jackson, The Guardian

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