How to attend DocLab

    Practical information about attending the DocLab: Liminal Reality program at the various festival locations, and from home.

    The fifteenth edition will see IDFA DocLab return to physical locations in Amsterdam, including Tolhuistuin, Eye Filmmuseum, A Lab, Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond, Tuschinski and ARTIS-Planetarium, in addition to events and performances online and inside virtual worlds. Unique to this year, the long-standing Interactive Conference will be spread over various live events, filled with talks and live performances and presented in collaboration with leading immersive artists and thinkers.

    In response to the new COVID-19 measures, IDFA will go ahead with Saturday's screenings as planned, however, we unfortunately need to cancel all screenings and festival events on Sunday, including all DocLab installations, the VR Galley and the DocLab exhibition due to the newly imposed seating capacity.

    We will be setting up a refund policy for all tickets purchased for Sunday.

    Find current information about the COVID-19 measures at IDFA 2021 here.

    If you're on-site in Amsterdam...

    Do you have reduced mobility? Get an overview of all our festival locations including their accessibility here.


    DocLab's main location is Tolhuistuin. Play, discover and experience a selection of the best new interactive documentaries, XR installations, and performances in and around the building. Admission to the exhibition is free. For a number of special (VR) installations and performances, a limited number of places are available. You can get your tickets online through regular ticket sale.

    For all ticketed experiences in Tolhuistuin: Please go to the DocLab Reception on the day and time of the experience. The DocLab Reception is situated inside Tolhuistuin. From there you will be guided to your experience.

    Interactive documentaries:
    Free access in the exhibition:

    VR experiences:
    Free access in the exhibition:

    Regular ticket sale:

    Live performances:

    The Cycle Club: A 10-Day Hormone Safari
    Register now and start on November 20. The full experience is 10 days. Missed the starting date? Feel free to drop in later as well.

    Messages to a Posthuman Earth
    Regular ticket sales
    This is a two-person experience. You can only buy a combi-ticket. This experience takes place outside in the garden, so please make sure you are dressed warm enough.

    Please Note: For TM you can choose between an online experience from home or physically attend in Tolhuistuin, check carefully which version you want to select when purchasing your ticket.

    - If you choose TM on location in Tolhuistuin: On the day and time of your ticket, please go to the DocLab Reception with your ticket.

    - If you choose the TM online experience you will receive a unique link in a separate email with instructions. Make sure you are behind a desktop PC or laptop with internet connection on the day and time of your ticket. It is not possible to access the experience by smartphone.

    A Lab

    The DocLab: VR Gallery is located in A Lab, a 1-minute walk from Tolhuistuin. With a ticket you get a 50-minute time slot to view VR projects of your choice. You need four timeslots to see everything.

    You can choose from:

    In addition, there is a designated place in the VR Gallery for:

    This 360 degrees VR documentary ('52 minutes) is separate from the VR Gallery selection. You will need a separate ticket for this.

    Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond

    In De Brakke Grond you can attend a number of exciting DocLab Live events. These are events with artist talkes, special screenings, short performances, presentations and social experiments.

    DocLab Live: Gaming Reality
    Saturday 20 November 20:30-22:00

    DocLab Live: Fluid Bodies
    Monday 22 November 20:30-22:00

    DocLab Live: Liminal Systems
    Tuesday 23 November 20:30-22:00

    DocLab Live: Messy Metaverse Party
    Wednesday 24 November 20:30-23:00


    On Sunday 21 November (20:30-22:00) you can experience DocLab Live: Elastic Presence, a unique evening under the huge domed screen in the ARTIS-Planetarium. The following works will be presented:

    Eye Filmmuseum

    In collaboration with Eye Xtended, DocLab presents the multi-sensory VR installation Symbiosis. From November 13, it is possible to experience this project as a pre-premiere on the DocLab: Liminal Reality program.

    Please Note:We advise people over 20 weeks pregnancy to not take part in the experience (because of the use of oxytocin)
    Symbiosis can be found in Eye, Room at the Top, on the third floor.
    We ask people with food allergies to inform the host before taking part in the experience, so they can take this into account.

    DocLab Live: Beyond the Cyborg Manifesto
    In addition, DocLab will present DocLab Live: Beyond the Cyborg Manifesto on Tuesday 23 November in Eye (15:30) about the dizzying vision of the future of biologist, philosopher of science and feminist Donna Haraway including a screening of the film Camille & Ulysse by Diana Toucedo and a presentation of the creators of Symbiosis.


    Due to unforeseen circumstances this event sadly had to be cancelled.

    During DocLab Live: In Fragments with Jonathan Harris on Wednesday 24 November In Tuschinksi (16:30-19:00) you can enjoy a special one-off presentation of: In Fragments the result of a six-year ritual journey by artist Jonathan Harris.

    If you're online...

    Online exhibition

    In addition to the exhibition in and around Tolhuistuin, there is also an online exhibition that is freely accessible worldwide. Discover a great selection of interactive documentary artworks and the second edition of do {not} play; a special showcase of social and interactive experiments created by artists from the DocLab program. The exhibition is best experienced in Google Chrome browser on a desktop computer or laptop. You do not need a ticket or reservation.

    Visit the Online Exhibition

    VR On Demand

    If you have a Virtual Reality headset and a VR-ready PC at home, you can experience a selection of VR films & experiences through VIVEPORT from the 19th of November. They have been made available both within and outside the Netherlands. You can use any of these headsets: VIVE, VIVE Pro, VIVE Pro Eye, VIVE Cosmos, VIVE Cosmos Elite, Valve Index, Oculus Rift and Oculus Rift S, and Oculus Quest and Quest 2, both with Oculus Link cable.

    Go to VR On Demand

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