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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My Child Lebensborn

Set in 1951, this documentary mobile game lets you experience the difficult situation of the Lebensborn children in Norway after World War 2.

You are challenged to try to protect and nurture the child of an enemy soldier in a hostile post-war environment. How can you explain the hatred and history to an innocent child? The game gives insight into the challenging situation for all Children Born of War – the children of enemy soldiers.


Songbird is a fairytale with a dark heart.

You will be transported to the island of Kauai in 1984 and into a painted replica of a lush cloud forest filled with colourful birds. Here, you are invited to search for the last known ʻōʻō, a bird whose existence has been threatened to the point of extinction. Retracing the steps of world renowned ornithologist Dr Jim Jacobi, you will hear the true story of his extraordinary meeting with the fabled ʻōʻō. Jim’s past experience and your present will merge, culminating in a final close encounter with the legendary ʻōʻō bird himself.

The Sun Ladies VR

An all-female fighting unit called the Sun Ladies bring back their sisters and protect the honor nd dignity of their people.

In 2014, DAESH fighters invaded Iraq and targeted the Yazidi community of Sinkar. All men were killed and women and girls turned into sex slaves. Some of these women escaped and formed an all-female fighting unit, called the Sun Ladies, to bring back their sisters and protect the honor and dignity of their people.

The Sun Ladies VR is an in-depth look at the personal journey of Sun Ladies captain Xate Singali from her debut as a famous singer in Kurdistan to her new life as a soldier on the front, risking everything to stop the violence in against his people. The public will be confronted with this question: “Who would you be and how would you face the extreme and inhuman violence against those whom you love? “

Jan Bot

Jan Bot is a computer program that works day and night creating experimental films that match early twentieth century footage with current trending events.

How can you breathe new life into an old film collection? Film archives devote endless amounts of time and energy to the preservation of old films. But this work has little significance if these treasures remain hidden from the audience. Seeking a plausible solution to this problem, Eye Filmmuseum collaborated with filmmakers Bram Loogman and Pablo Núñez Palma to envision the future of film preservation. The result: Jan Bot.

Jan Bot is a computer program designed to generate short experimental films based on two ingredients: Eye’s archival film footage, and today’s trending topics. On its website,, Jan Bot streams an average of ten 30 seconds films per day, which amounts to a total of more than seven thousand pieces to date. To produce this huge amount of original work, Jan Bot makes use of artificial intelligence services, such as image recognition and language analysis, found by its creators on the web. The results are unexpectedly unique. If at first glance Jan Bot’s films seem to combine images and text in a random fashion, on a second reading however, its choices for footage and intertitles reveal a systematic if unusual sense-making logic.

DocLab Expo Specials

Join the makers of the DocLab: Humanoid Cookbook exhibition, and let yourself be surprised by sensory experiments and interactive performances, including a small culinary journey from France to Iraq (Flavours of Iraq) and a disruptive social experiment on your phone (The Social Sorting Experiment).

The DocLab Expo Specials run from November 15-24 in de Brakke Grond. Admission is free.  

Fri 16 November:

  • DocLab Expo Special: The Social Sorting Experiment 12:00 – 12:30 
  • DocLab Expo Special: Leaked Lunch 14:00 – 14:30 
  • DocLab Expo Special: Eat|Tech|Kitchen 16:00 – 16:30 

Sat 17 November:

  • DocLab Expo Special: Leaked Brunch 12:00 – 12:30 
  • DocLab Expo Special: Eat|Tech|Kitchen  14:00 – 14:30 
  • DocLab Expo Special: Algorithmic Gardening 16:00 – 16:30 

Sun 18 November:

  • DocLab Expo Special: Leaked High Tea 14:00 – 14:30  
  • DocLab Expo Special: Flavours of Iraq 16:00 – 16:30 

Mon 19 November:

  • DocLab Expo Special: Eat|Tech|Kitchen  12:00 – 12:30 
  • DocLab Expo Special: Leaked Lunch 14:00 – 14:30 
  • DocLab Expo Special: Tatsuniya 16:00 – 16:30  

Tue 20 November:

  • DocLab Expo Special: Leaked Brunch 12:00 – 12:30 
  • DocLab Expo Special: Eat|Tech|Kitchen  14:00 – 14:30  
  • DocLab Expo Special: Pilgrim 16:00 – 16:30 

Wed 21 November:

  • DocLab Expo Special: The Collider: Chapter One 16:00 – 16:30  

Fri 23 November:

  • DocLab Expo Special: Ahorse! 16:00 – 16:30 

Sat 24 November:

  • DocLab Expo Special: The Industry VR 16:00 – 16:30  

 DocLab is made possible by the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the NetherlandsCLICKNLThe Netherlands Film FundGoogleARTEDiversion cinemaFlemish Arts Centre De Brakke Grond and Flanders Audiovisual Fund.