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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The Last Chair

In a satisfyingly calm 360-degree documentary, we are silent witnesses of solitary rural lives as they draw to an end.

On an isolated farm in the Dutch province of Drenthe, the elderly Egbert is living out his last days. He has neither TV nor internet, and his only contact with current affairs is the newspaper he lays on the table under his pan of kale. It seems an empty existence, but this VR documentary gives viewers the chance to leave behind the bustle of everyday life, explore Egbert’s living room or garden and see life from a different point of view. Egbert is content with his life, unlike Fred, the protagonist of a second short film in The Last Chair. This terminally ill ex-hippie left his family for a solitary existence in France. He’s as composed and self-sufficient as Egbert, but he finds it hard to enjoy life because he’s haunted by the bad choices he has made. In this 360-degree project, we experience a calm that’s rarely seen in the modern world—at the same time, we are silent witnesses of lives drawing to an end.

Project details

Year of development :2017
Created by:Jessie van Vreden, Anke Teunissen

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