DocLab: Exhibition

    • set 23 items

    How does technology shape our perception of reality? How does it affect our bodies or the places we inhabit? How does it change human behavior or the way we tell stories? As part of the theme program Domesticating Reality, this year’s DocLab Exhibition explores the nature of physical space in computational times. It runs from 22 Nov-1 Dec.

    Items in this selection


    • Hsin-Chien Huang
    • 2019

    This interactive fairy tale interweaves the Taiwanese dictatorship of 1949-1987, today’s surveillance society, and belief in spirits. Through the eyes of deceased political prisoners, we see citizens being reduced to pure data. On-site reservation required.

    Common Ground

    • Darren Emerson
    • 2019

    Once Europe’s largest housing project, the Aylesbury Estate in London is being demolished. This interactive portrait explores the consequences of gentrification and offers background facts, using 360-degree video and 3-D environments. On-site reservation required.


    • Ana Vîjdea, Cosmin Nicoara
    • 2019

    With snapshots of household dinners from across cultural backgrounds, economic circumstances and family arrangements, this VR documentary gives us an unseen “place at the table,” where so much of family life plays out. On show in DocLab: Exhibition (free on-site reservation required) and as part of the DocLab VR-Cinema (regular ticket sales).

    Destruction and Return in al-Araqib

    • 2018

    What better medium for documenting a land-grabbing conflict than a map? Forensic Architecture helped Bedouins to set up an interactive archive of their village, to chronicle its destruction by Israeli troops.

    In Event of Moon Disaster

    • Francesca Panetta, Halsey Burgund
    • 2019

    By inviting you into an alternative history about the moon landing, this immersive installation asks us all to consider how deepfake technologies can bend, redirect and obfuscate the truth around us.

    The Inhabited House

    • Diego Kompel
    • 2019

    A loving reflection on the flows of family life over generations, this short VR-film brings the house of the creator’s grandparents, once a site of boisterous family gatherings, momentarily back to life. On show in DocLab: Exhibition (free on-site reservation required) and as part of the DocLab VR-Cinema (regular ticket sales).

    It Still Hurts Exhibition

    This exhibition showcases three pieces by research agency Forensic Architecture as part of IDFA’s special focus program It Still Hurts. In anticipation of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, this program explores our post-war world. 

    Lagos at Large

    • Jumoke Sanwo
    • 2019

    A poetic tribute to Nigeria’s largest city, told in short segments as we plot a course through the imaginary and material space of Lagos, made pressing and real in VR. On show in DocLab: Exhibition (free on-site reservation required) and as part of the DocLab VR-Cinema (regular ticket sales).

    Mamelles Ancestrales

    • Tabita Rezaire
    • 2019

    Stone circles in The Gambia and Senegal are a reminder of cultures that existed here long before colonization. Science and spirituality combine in an attempt to interpret their meaning.

    Mengele’s Skull

    • Eyal Weizman, Thomas Keenan
    • 2012

    This research project follows the high-profile forensic investigation of a body reported to be that of Nazi physician Josef Mengele. It marked a shift towards a new forensic approach to war crimes and crimes against humanity.


    • Kylie Boltin, Matt Smith
    • 2019

    When an Australian girl was abducted in 1966, the police called on two Aboriginal trackers to find her in the densely covered hills. In this interactive true crime web documentary, the story is told from the perspective of the girl and one of the trackers.

    My Inner Wolf

    • Roel Wouters, Luna Maurer
    • 2019

    This playful animated website, for which all smartphone users act as art directors by adding their own photographs, takes you into the experience of an absence seizure.


    • Ali Eslami, Mamali Shafahi
    • 2019

    Through an archive of online media curated by the online persona nerd_funk, this VR experience in two chapters attempts to get a grip on our omnipresent digital culture and its influence on our physical lives. On-site reservation required.

    Only Expansion

    • 2019

    Using real-time audio software, this site-responsive audio tour prompts participants to consider, in timescales both fleeting and geologic, how our relation to the landscape we inhabit is being altered by rapid climate change.

    Recoding Art

    • Bruno Moreschi, Gabriel Pereira
    • 2019

    Art through the eyes of artificial intelligence: a contradictory, entertaining and thought-provoking project that takes art aficionados out of their comfort zone. What happens if we play the same game with human intelligence?


    • Piotr Winiewicz, Dawid Górny, RNDR
    • 2019

    This autonomous AI engine arranges and edits film in continuous real time, opening new doors to new and innovative ways of filmmaking.


    • Nienke Huitenga-Broeren, Lisa Weeda
    • 2019

    When flight MH17 was shot down over the Ukranian war zone in 2014, the remote village of Rozsypne briefly made international news. This poetic roomscale VR experience offers a fragmented window into daily life in this faraway reality. On-site reservation required.

    The Space Between Us

    • Benedicte Kurzen, Sanne De Wilde, Tong Wu, Barak Chamo
    • 2019

    An exploration of the often concealed spaces between human and machine, privacy and surveillance, the self and the other, the observer and the observed or our real bodies and digital representations, to be experienced as an interactive installation.

    Torture and Detention in Cameroon

    • 2017

    An investigation into abuses in two prisons run by counterterrorist units in Cameroon. The crime scenes and the human rights violations that took place there are reconstructed using public sources.

    A Symphony of Noise VR

    • Michaela Pnacekova
    • 2019

    In this VR experience, every sound is potential music, visualized as waves, shapes and colors. The user adds new sounds to the audio palette and becomes the co-author of an innovative symphony. On-site reservation required.

    Vast Body 22

    • Vincent Morisset
    • 2018

    This collaborative experiment on movement interprets your behavior and distills this continually changing input into a projection of a body that moves fluidly with yours, yet fluctuates continuously between different bodies and identities.

    The Waiting Room VR

    • Victoria Mapplebeck
    • 2019

    A poetic exploration of director Victoria Mapplebeck’s experience with breast cancer. Multilayered soundscapes, scientific imaging and her last radiation session captured in immersive 360-degree VR offer a calm yet futuristic confrontation with mortality. On show in DocLab: Exhibition (free on-site reservation required) and as part of the DocLab VR-Cinema (regular ticket sales).

    What They Destroy, We Will Build Again

    • Astrid Feringa
    • 2019

    The digital reconstruction of ruined cultural heritage: an idealistic act of defiance or neo-colonial appropriation? On either side of Palmyra’s Arch of Triumph, destroyed by IS and replicated by an European institute, you see the two sides to this story.