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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Interactive Conference 2017 talks are now online

You can now catch up on all of the talks from the 5th DocLab Interactive Conference, featuring artists and thinkers from across the industry.

The 5th DocLab Interactive Conference at IDFA 2017 brought together leading professionals from the world of art, technology, science and documentary for a day full of inspiring presentations, visions of the future and audience experiments. Listen to talks by Memo Akten, Jonathan Puckey, Micha Wertheim, Yasmin Elayat, Lauren McCarthy, Emilie Baltz, Klasien van de Zandschulp, and IDFA guest of honor Jonathan Harris, and more.

Memo Akten works with computation as a medium, exploring collisions between nature, science, technology, ethics, ritual, tradition and religion.

Yasmin Elayat is co-founder & creative director at Scatter, an award-winning immersive media studio pioneering a novel approach to VR storytelling called volumetric filmmaking.

Brett Gaylor talks about the “internet of things”, the array of interconnected products flooding our world that range from the supremely stupid to the absolutely terrifying.

Micha Wertheim made theatre history with Somewhere Else (Ergens Anders), When audiences were expecting him to appear for his gig on stage, Micha was actually somewhere else entirely…

Lauren McCarthy explores the smart home, the tensions between intimacy and privacy, and the role of human labor in the future of automation.

You can find the full lineup of talks online here.

‘Die With Me’ by Dries Depoorter & David Surprenant

The chat app you can only use when you have less than 5% battery.

IDFA DocLab is proud to present Die With Me by Dries Depoorter and David Surprenant. Die With Me is a chat app you can only use when you have less than 5% battery. If you have less than 5% battery you just have to enter a nickname and you can say goodbye to other people having also less than 5% battery. Die together in a chatroom on your way to offline peace. If nobody is in the chatroom you can scroll back to the older messages to get inspired to leave a trace for the future.

The app is now available for iOS and Android.

App by Dries Depoorter and David Surprenant
Presented in collaboration with IDFA Doclab

Award winning ‘DeathTolls Experience’ now available on Viveport

Up-and-coming virtual reality artist Ali Eslami creates a journey through the history of European bloodbaths in this immersive experience.

DeathTolls Experience by Ali Eslami is now available on HTC’s Viveport store. The piece seeks to resensitize the general public to the reality behind the abstract statistics of the deaths from terrorist attacks in Europe, the refugee crisis across the Mediterranean, and the Syrian Civil War. In 2016, DeathTolls Experience was awarded the Scenic IDFA DocLab Award for Immersive Non-Fiction.

You can download DeathTolls Experience on Viveport here.

IDFA DocLab 2017 Awards

We’re pleased to announce the winners of the two IDFA DocLab competitions. Have a look at the full jury reports below.

IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling
The jury of the IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling consisted of Hugues Sweeney (Canada), Annelies Termeer (Netherlands) and Dan Tucker (United Kingdom).

As commissioners, creators and curators in this field, being here and being part of the DocLab Digital Storytelling jury has been humbling and enriching. It has in fact been a learning experience for all three of us also. IDFA DocLab continues to stretch the limits of non-fiction storytelling in new and surprising ways – and helps us all to understand how the documentary form is evolving. We were really pleased to see projects from a great variety of origins: Russia, Guinée, Scandinavia, South Korea, United States, France, Denmark, South Africa, Belgium, Australia, United Kingdom and The Netherlands. We look forward to IDFA DocLab continuing to bring us stories from new places around the globe. We were also happy to see such a great diversity in platforms. Even if this meant hard work for us as a jury because we have to judge and compare almost incomparable projects: from a 360 VR experience, a text messaging app, a game, to wandering through Amsterdam on an audio walk. Makers are exploring more and more digital platforms to tell their stories. From all of these very diverse stories, the ones that appealed to us most were the ones where we could really feel an emotional and personal connection to the story.

This project brought a big smile to the face of all three jurors. We love its tone of voice, the visual style and the interaction. We can tell that the creators worked in a cross-disciplinary team and that they did loads of user testing to get it right; two things we encourage all digital storytellers to do. The platform chosen by the makers felt like the perfect one for this specific story: together with the main character, you dive into the secret history of her father, assembling pieces of the puzzle along the way. The winner of the IDFA DocLab Digital Storytelling Award 2017 is: Cosmic Top Secret by Trine Laier (Denmark).

IDFA DocLab Immersive Non-Fiction Award
The jury of the IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction consisted of Toby Coffey (United Kingdom), Shirin Anlen (Israel) and Klasien van de Zandschulp (Netherlands).

The diversity of formats was highly commendable; the presence of, amongst others, communal storytelling, VR and an outdoors audio tour reflects the vibrant potential for the ongoing development of the age old tradition of storytelling. The selection encouraged us to interrogate what we understand by immersion; a range of experiences used it to truly allow us to understand society in new ways and with greater depth. It is inspiring to see artists choosing to implement the very technologies that they question. They find ways that compel us to address the issues they inherently bring to society: ones that are affecting us now and ones that we need to keep an eye on. Equally inspiring is seeing the evolution of formats that we as audiences are especially familiar with, from intimate one-on-one experiences (through) to more social and communal. With completely new forms competing with inspiring takes on existing ones, the deliberations were definitely not quick and certainly not easy: testament to strength of the work and the
affect it had on the judges.

Technology is becoming as important as it is intrusive in our lives. This project takes that premise and uses the form to discuss itself. It examines the influence of technology on humanity, and the need for humanity to influence technology. Whilst evidently a project about tech and software, it is also a fascinating insight into how people build relationships and who or what they let into their lives. The winner of the IDFA DocLab Immersive Non-Fiction Award 2017 is: Lauren by Lauren McCarthy (United States)

The DocLab 2017 selection has been announced!

This year DocLab explores the ritualistic behaviours created around the interaction between humans and technology.

DocLab: Uncharted Rituals

Lucile Cossou, Gabriel Dalmasso, Rémy Bonté-Duval, Théo Le Du Fuentes, Bram Loogman, Joaquin Wall, Sara Kolster, Nirit Peled, Dries Depoorter, David Surprenant, Nicolas S. Roy, David Mongeau-Petitpas, Marc-Antoine Jacques, Laura Juo-Hsin Chen, Julia Irwin, Rebecca Lieberman, Ifeatu Nnaobi | Canada | 2017

{The And} VR
Topaz Adizes, Alex Suber | United States | 2017 | 9 min.
Andrew Wong, James Thompson | United States | 2016

Echoes of IS
Tessa Pope, Niels van Koevorden | The Netherlands | 2017 | 110 min.

David OReilly | United States, Ireland | 2017 | 10 min.
Also part of Jonathan Harris’ Top 10.

Ex Nihilo
Timo Wright | Finland | 2017 | 11 min.

The Last Chair
Jessie van Vreden, Anke Teunissen | The Netherlands | 2017

Somewhere Else
Micha Wertheim | The Netherlands | 2016

IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling

Gina Kim | South Korea, United States | 2017 | 12 min.

Bury Me, My Love
Florent Maurin | France | 2017

Cosmic Top Secret
Trine Laier | Denmark | 2017

Deep Down Tidal
Tabita Rezaire | South Africa | 2017 | 21 min.

It Must Have Been Dark By Then
Duncan Speakman | United Kingdom, Belgium | 2017 | 60 min.

Ella Rubeli, Boris Etingof, Kylie Boltin | Australia | 2017 | 10 min.

Francesca Panetta, Shehani Fernando | United Kingdom | 2017 | 7 min.

Poppy Interactive
Antoinette de Jong, Robert Knoth | The Netherlands | 2017 | 100 min.

Potato Dreams
Wes Hurley | United States | 2017 | 6 min.

A Thin Black Line
Douglas Watkin, Oscar Raby, Vernon Ah Kee | Australia | 2017 | 7 min.

IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction

Nele Eeckhout, Siona Houthuys, Mirke Kist | The Netherlands, Belgium | 2017

The Cave
Qi Zhao | China | 2017 | 13 min.

Dance Tonite
Jonathan Puckey, Roel Wouters / Moniker, Jeff Nusz | The Netherlands, United States | 2017 | 3 min.

Greenland Melting
Catherine Upin, Julia Cort, Nonny de la Peña, Raney Aronson-Rath | United States | 2017 | 12 min.

Paisley Smith, Jam3, NFB | Canada | 2017 | 15 min.

I Swear to Tell the Truth
Anagram | United Kingdom | 2017 | 45 min.

Lauren McCarthy | United States | 2017

Learning to See: Hello World!
Memo Akten | United Kingdom | 2017

Patent Alert
Sander Veenhof | The Netherlands | 2017 | 10 min.

Caitlin Robinson, Ziv Schneider | United States | 2017

The full IDFA selection can be found here, along with more information about this year’s special guest. For the first time ever, IDFA’s annual Top 10 program will be compiled by an interdisciplinary documentary artist instead of a filmmaker. Internet artist Jonathan Harris will be this year’s IDFA guest of honor, compiling this year’s Top 10 program as well as being honored with a Retrospective of his work.