Jury for the IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction
Mads Damsbo leads creative studio MAKROPOL together with artistic director Johan Knattrup Jensen. MAKROPOL is an award-winning studio based in Copenhagen, working at the intersection of cinema, technology, live performance and installation. Damsbo and Knattrup Jensen met in 2009 at the Danish progressive film school Super16. Damsbo has a background as a media director from the Danish School of Media and Journalism.
Mads Damsbo has been involved in a wide variety of experimental projects that explore the frontier of new media storytelling. He considers himself a craftsman and creative producer, and sometimes an artist and conceptual junkie.
Ali Eslami has been working with VR technology since 2014. He develops and designs interactive VR experiences to explore new pathways in this emerging medium. He also re-imagines and constructs possible futures through the speculative design of virtual space, time and bodies. His realities span between fiction and non-fiction to reflect his practice-led research in VR. In addition to content production, he is active in running VR master classes and workshops.
Eslami has been teaching himself 3-D for architectural visualization since 2005, and he has further expanded his focus to other fields like creative coding, data visualization, 3-D art and programming. In 2016, his VR project Death Tolls Experience won the IDFA DocLab Award for Best Immersive Non-Fiction.
Luna Maurer co-founded the Amsterdam-based interaction and media design studio Moniker, together with Roel Wouters. They explore characteristics of technology, how people use it and how it influences people’s daily lives. Often, the audience is asked to take part in the development of their projects.
Moniker’s work straddles the worlds of digital media and graphic design and film through its innovative use of technology. You might know them from Do Not Touch, Painted Earth, Puff Up Club, Click Click Click and Tonite. Moniker has won several awards, including a British Music Video Award, two Dutch design awards and the Amsterdam Prize for the Arts. Maurer has taught media courses at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, the Sandberg Institute, the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, and at the Yale University School of Art, and has given workshops and lectures at universities, symposiums and art festivals around the world