IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction

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    Ten experiential projects by some of the world’s top immersive and interactive artists are selected for the IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction. A testament to the power of exceptional non-fiction storytelling across media and technologies, the selected works reveal the full spectrum of immersive art—from stunning in-headset experiences that dive deep into an artist’s psyche to soft-robotics installations that tickle your tastebuds through to immersive films that challenge the boundaries of documentary cinema and VR cinema.

    Selected for the Immersive Non-Fiction competition

    Artificial Awakening

    • Jakob la Cour
    • 2021

      In this immersive VR performance, you are invited on a participatory tour into the virtual universe of a spiritually awakened artificial intelligence. An intimate ceremony, led by a virtually present performer, carries you to this mystical hyperspace.

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      The Choice

      • Joanne Popinska
      • 2021

        In this interactive VR experience, you talk to Kristen about her choice to have an abortion and the painful attempts by the health care system in her home state of Texas to deprive her of that choice.

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        The City Was Asleep and It Had a Dream

        • Mariam Natroshvili, Detu Jincharadze
        • 2021

          A virtual tour shows how the city of Tbilisi has changed since the end of the Soviet Union. The old communist architecture is being overrun by new neoliberal construction projects. The clash of two ideological systems is giving birth to a new city.

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          Diagnosia

          • Mengtai Zhang, Lemon Guo
          • 2021

            In China, internet gaming is described as “electronic heroin” and many parents of suspected internet addicts send them to re-education camps. One of them was the director of this VR experience that places you at the center of his haunting experiences.

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            Disarmed

            • Alexandra Barancová, Jae Perris, Luna Maurer, Roel Wouters
            • 2021

              An interactive and playful VR experience about the fascinating relationship between our body and games. The visitors’ own arms and hands become part of a virtual sculpture of limbs that’s constantly changing shape.

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              Messages to a Post Human Earth

              • May Abdalla
              • 2021

                An interactive, multi-sensory journey through a beautiful garden. You and your travel partner embark on an evocative audio journey featuring augmented reality (AR) to reimagine your relationship with the natural world. You can only buy a combi-ticket. One ticket is valid for two people.

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                Museum of Austerity

                • Sacha Wares, John Pring
                • 2021

                  Combining verbal testimony, original music, and volumetric capture, this mixed reality exhibition documents events from a decade of austerity measures in the UK, inviting audiences to explore what happens when state safety nets fail.

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                  [Posthuman Wombs]

                  • Anna Fries, Malu Peeters
                  • 2021

                    Why is the stereotypical image of pregnancy a glowingly blissful young woman? Take a trip into this interactive womb and you’ll see a world where the concept of pregnancy goes beyond the cliché, freed from the constraints of gender and age.

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                    Symbiosis

                    • Marcel van Brakel, Mark Meeuwenoord
                    • 2021

                      This VR experience for multiple users and multiple senses transports you to a post-human future in which Homo sapiens have been absorbed into a biotope teeming with mixed life-forms: human, animal, and technological hybrids. Not suitable for pregnant people.

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                      Water & Coltan

                      • Daniel Kötter
                      • 2021

                        This VR film contrasts the depleted coal mines of the Ruhr region in Germany, which are now filling with water, with active coltan mines in DR Congo, revealing humanity’s ruthless exploitation of both the Earth and itself.

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