IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling

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    The ten selected projects in the IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling illustrate all the different ways to create stories and what these stories tell us about our current reality. Together, the selection explores the liminal space between tangibility and tactility, documentary and speculation, and self and community. By drawing on technologies such as the Internet, the browser, the smartphone, and the computer game, the projects both appeal to the household devices around us and breakdown the established formats we know.

    Selected for the Digital Storytelling competition

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    • Victoria Mapplebeck
    • 2021

      A personal but utterly familiar audio experience about the effects of the global pandemic on family life. How did Victoria Mapplebeck and her teenage son get through the pandemic and lockdown, at home and outdoors?

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      Un(re)solved

      • Tamara Shogaolu
      • 2021

        An interactive documentary about the more than 150 cold case murders involving racist violence that have been reopened under the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act. The stories are drawn together into a forest of symbolism.

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        #AMiNORMAL

        • Mika Orr
        • 2021

          A lighthearted web series taking a humorous and compassionate look at our desire to be seen as “normal.” Online interviews with people around the world explore the boundary between normal and deviant behavior.

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          One-Fifth of the Earth’s Surface

          • Hakeem Adam, Maxwell Mutanda
          • 2021

            The Atlantic Ocean has affected countless lives. The makers of this online voyage of discovery take water as a dynamic source of inspiration to explore new ways of archiving, making maps, and sharing knowledge.

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            A Rest Guide for a Tired Nigerian Artist

            • Rahima Gambo
            • 2021

              What happens if we shift the focus from artwork to the people whose work is making art? In a series of illustrated guidebooks, Nigerian artists explain how they find peace in a troubled world.

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              Ravi and Emma

              • Kylie Boltin, Ella Rubeli, Ravi Vasavan, Emma Anderson
              • 2021

                A colorful and inventively designed interactive experience about the love between Ravi, who was born deaf, and Emma, who can hear. Experience sign language and use it to participate in this story in three short chapters.

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                Susan

                • Sue Roh
                • 2020

                  An interactive storytelling project about the personal world of our digital gurus Siri and Alexa. How do they experience their own existence? What does your ever-obliging virtual assistant know about you? Everything! But do you know anything about her?

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                  Surrogate

                  • Lauren Lee McCarthy
                  • 2021

                    How far should we go in engineering the reproductive process? A multimedia installation about reproduction and parenthood, centering on the complete control of a surrogate’s body and the child carried within.

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                    Brainstream

                    • Caroline Robert
                    • 2021

                      In this interactive animation, you give a stranger a virtual brain massage. This intimate act evokes a stream of emotions and memories, and offers an original glimpse into the workings of the brain.

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                      Gates of Aleppo

                      • Wolfswift, Georg Hobmeier, Joshua Hollendonner
                      • 2020

                        In this minimalist game, four arrows and an “Action” button is all you get to survive in Aleppo, a city under siege. Experience short snatches from everyday life transformed into a deadly game.

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