• Marcel van Brakel, Mark Meeuwenoord
  • Netherlands
  • 2021
  • 20 min
  • Digital, Immersive, Installation
  • World Premiere
  • DocLab: Liminal Reality, IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction

Inspired by science philosopher Donna Haraway’s Staying with the Trouble, this virtual reality experience for multiple users and multiple senses transports you to about 200 years in the future. On the ruins of the Anthropocene, humanity has made way for a rich biotope teeming with mixed life-forms: human, animal, and machine hybrids. There is no competition, only symbiosis.

This performative VR experience allows participants to embody one of these symbiotic, human-animal, human-plant, or human-technological life forms. How do a slime mold, a monarch butterfly, a Colorado toad, an orchid, or an AI “think” or experience life? By overcoming our anthropocentric perspective, can we actually start thinking-with, living-with, and being-with other planetary organisms in a world that does not ignore how much ecological trouble it is in?

To complete their symbiosis, the virtual world that participants are presented with is augmented with scent, soft-robotics, and food-snacks created by restaurant Karpendonkse Hoeve.

Project supported by DocLab R&D Program. 

Presented in collaboration with Eye Xtended.


  • 20 min
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: English
Created by
Marcel van Brakel, Mark Meeuwenoord
Corine Meijers
Key collaborator
STRP, Karpendonkse Hoeve, TEC Books, Breda Photo
Executive producer
Marieke Nooren

IDFA history

World Premiere
DocLab: Liminal Reality
IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction
World Premiere
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IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction

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