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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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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