With the theme Nervous Systems, IDFA’s section for interactive and immersive documentary returned to the heart of Amsterdam for its 16th edition with an exhibition and program of live events. Referring playfully to our nervous systems—both inside the body and in the reality that surrounds us—the program focused on experiential storytelling through different senses, art forms, and technologies.
With digital art installations, multisensory experiences, live events, motion capture performances, and the ever-expanding metaverse, we collectively asked: How does it feel to be alive? How can we experience the world? These questions were posed against the backdrop of the nervous times we live in, in which the biggest challenges we face today are systemic in nature.
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