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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Potato Dreams

Images of melancholy, fear and love from the Soviet Union surround us in this theatrical and intimate VR documentary.

How do you tell the story of a Russian mother and son who fled their harsh existence in the Soviet Union to build a new life in the United States? You could use interviews, archive footage or reenactments, or you could do something completely new. Director Wes Hurley chose virtual reality. In the short documentary Potato Dreams, the mother and son discuss homophobia and Russian prisons, while we are free to explore the surrounding images. Turn around and you see four different tableaus, each with depictions of the prevailing melancholy, fear and pain. Or look up to discover that you’re in a box that’s being closed by a malevolent figure. There’s a lot happening at once, which makes it hard to grasp the story, but it’s precisely this chaos that Hurley wants to convey. As a final calm image fills the entire 360 degrees, we arrive at the peace that the mother and her son have been seeking for so long.

Project details

Year of development :2017
Created by:Wes Hurley

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