Robots in Residence

Alexander Reben, Brent Hoff, USA, 2012
Synopsis

If robots can build cars and bomb people in foreign countries, why wouldn’t they be able to make documentary films one day? How would a robot approach its documentary subject? What questions would it ask? What problems would it face and what advantages would it have? These are just some of the questions that robot artist Alexander Reben and experimental filmmaker Brent Hoff will try to answer as part of the fifth anniversary of the IDFA DocLab program. For the Robots in Residence Project, Reben designed a series of small documentary robots that will be set free for the duration of the festival. They will roam around the Expanding Documentary Exhibition, looking for interesting people and things to document. Feel free to interact with them and answer some of their questions. During DocLab Live: Reality vs Future on Monday, November 19, Reben and Hoff will present the project and premiere a rough cut of the first ever robot-made documentary at IDFA.

Credits
Director
Brent Hoff
Alexander Reben
Created by
Alexander Reben
In collaboration with
Brent Hoff
Selected for
IDFA Forum Selection 2014 October 14, 2014 | The complete list of projects selected for IDFA Forum 2014 has been announced.
Film List 2014 October 10, 2014 | The complete list of selected films for IDFA 2014, in alphabetical order, is now online.
Framing Reality October 7, 2014 | Hybrid film will get a special focus in the Framing Reality program during IDFA 2014. The program, a continuation of 2013's Based on the Same Story, presents ten films in which real people play themselves on camera.
Wanted: Youth Jury! September 30, 2014 | Every year, a selection of films from the IDFA program compete for the IDFA DOC U Award, given out by a youth jury. Do you want to have a say about the winner, and are you between 15 and 18 years old? Then apply now!
IDFA 2014 presents theme program Of Media and Men September 23, 2014 | A theme program investigating the mediated interaction between the people and their governments will be presented at IDFA 2014. Of Media and Men encompasses a film program, several new media projects in IDFA DocLab and a Paradocs program curated by visual artist Aernout Mik.
IDFA Bertha Fund introduces European program September 1, 2014 | The IDFA Bertha Fund is launching a new program: IDFA Bertha Fund – Europe. The new program will support the production and distribution of documentaries realized through co-productions between European producers and producers from developing countries.

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