DocLab Expo: Humanoid Cookbook

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    This year’s DocLab exhibition is designed as a restaurant for digital art. On the menu are more than 30 interactive documentaries, culinary performances and interactive experiments with human behavior and technology. The DocLab expo takes place in de Brakke Grond from 15 - 25 Novembe, admission is free. Opening hours: every day from 09.00 to 23.00, except for 25 November (09.00 - 18.00). Some installations have varying opening hours and on site reservation may be required. Read more.

    DocLab is made possible by the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands, CLICKNL, The Netherlands Film Fund, Google, ARTE, Diversion, Flemish Arts Centre De Brakke Grond, and Flanders Audiovisual Fund.

    DocLab research collaborations: MIT Open Doc Lab and The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision.

    Items in this selection

    1 the Road

    • Ross Goodwin
    • 2018

    “Automatic writing” will never mean the same thing again, now that artificial intelligence has written the book 1 the Road—using a car as its pen.

    10 Mississippi

    • Karina Popp
    • 2018

    This sometimes uncomfortably intimate game transforms the daily grind into a mission: morning exercises, office job, chow down, repeat, repeat, repeat.

    Accused no. 2: Walter Sisulu

    • Nicolas Champeaux, Gilles Porte
    • 2018

    Audio recordings of the notorious Rivonia Trial in South Africa in 1964 come to life in this black-and-white animated VR experience. On-site reservation required.


    • Wendy Gutman
    • 2018

    This richly cinematic VR piece presents an alternative history of human imagination, focused on our depiction of the horse from the beginning of time to a virtual future. On-site reservation required.

    Algorithmic Gardening

    • Shannon McMullen, Fabian Winkler
    • 2018

    This multimedia installation follows the hardy soybean on its journey from garden to dinner plate, escorted by robots.

    Algorithmic Perfumery

    • Frederik Duerinck
    • 2018

    Based on the visitor's personal data, an algorithm compiles a unique fragrance that is generated on site.


    • Lynette Wallworth
    • 2018

    Technology and transcendence merge in this VR experience transporting you to the Yawanawá in the Amazon. Your guide is the community’s first female shaman. On-site reservation required.

    The Collider: Chapter One

    • Anagram
    • 2018

    Enter The Collider. A machine built to decipher the mysteries of human relationships. On-site reservation required.

    Die with Me

    • Dries Depoorter
    • 2018

    A chat room app for smartphone users with less than 5% battery life on their phone, on their way to offline peace. 

    Earn a Living

    • Yuval Orr
    • 2018

    Seven documentaries about a universal basic income explore our relationship with work and money, from Kenya to the Netherlands and from North Carolina to Tokyo.

    East of the Rockies

    • 2018

    Through the diaries of 17-year-old Yuki, this experiment in augmented reality helps us experience the internment of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War.

    Eat | Tech | Kitchen

    • Klasien van de Zandschulp, Emilie Baltz
    • 2018

    A rudimentary chatbot breathes new life into La cucina futurista (Futurist Cooking) (1932) by translating dreams of the future into new recipes and table rituals. On-site reservation required.

    Eye of the Dream

    • David OReilly
    • 2018

    An immersive audiovisual experience that transports you through the entire development of the universe, in a play of geometric shapes combining chaos and order.

    False Mirror

    • Ali Eslami
    • 2018

    This ever-growing VR city is a laboratory in which its creator Ali Eslami explores our possible futures in completely virtual worlds. On-site reservation required.

    Flavours of Iraq

    • Leonard Cohen
    • 2018

    Twenty powerful animated films appeal to the senses in a rich portrayal of the country and familiy of an Iraqi-French journalist.

    Future History

    • Mikhail Zygar
    • 2018

    The revolutionary years 1917 and 1968 are brought to life in the here and now through social media posts from hundreds of the historical figures involved.

    Half Life VR

    • Robert Connor
    • 2018

    This immersive VR recording plunges us into a rhythmic “cyborg choreography” shown from 60 different angles. On-site reservation required.

    The Industry VR

    • Mirka Duijn
    • 2018

    As you explore their workspaces, marijuana growers and coke barons tell you about the kicks and the stress of their illegal work. On-site reservation required.

    I’ve Always Been Jealous of Other People’s Families

    • Shirin Anlen
    • 2018

    This machine learning installation questions the mental state of the intelligent machines we create. On-site reservation required.

    Leaked Recipes

    • Gabriela Ivens
    • 2018

    Recipes that have been crowdsourced from leaked emails are served up, along with the story of their origin and a discussion about internet privacy. On-site reservation required.

    Mirror Cookie

    • Sophia Al-Maria
    • 2018

    At a dressing table-cum-hall of mirrors, the Chinese-American actor Bai Ling recites her monologue packed with self-validating mantras.


    • Taj Hughes
    • 2018

    Play with your digital food to your heart's content in this intentionally purposeless game about culinary aesthetics—and no need to worry about clearing up afterwards.


    • Lauren Hutchinson
    • 2018

    This innovative augmented reality app lets us walk a while with pilgrims heading to Santiago de Compostela, each with their own story and experience. On-site reservation required.

    The Social Sorting Experiment

    • Steye Hallema, The Smartphone Orchestra
    • 2018

    Through mindless online swiping and scrolling, we’re all ranked, categorized and profiled. But what happens under the shiny hood of your phone? On-site reservation required.


    • Rahima Gambo
    • 2018

    A multimedia story encapsulating the experiences of Nigerian students who want to continue learning, despite the atrocities carried out by Boko Haram.


    • Samantha Gorman, Danny Cannizzaro
    • 2018

    This augmented reality game explores our relationship with technology and how it impacts other relationships through a virtual pet fish that eats our emotions to survive.

    This Room

    • Pejk Malinovski
    • 2018

    A powerful VR installation that lets us experience how traumatic it is to spend years living in a refugee center. On-site reservation required.


    • Sebastiano d'Ayala Valva
    • 2018

    Music and its source of inspiration converge in this mesmeric VR recording of Giacinto Scelsi’s notoriously difficult orchestral work about an ancient Mayan sacred place. On-site reservation required.

    Zikr: A Sufi Revival

    • 2018

    An interactive virtual reality journey into a world of ecstatic ritual and music. On-site reservation required.