DocLab Live: Gaming Reality

    This year, the annual DocLab conference takes the shape of a series of live events with artist talks and performances around a specific theme. DocLab Live: Gaming Reality is created in collaboration with immersive media artists Anagram and explores the world of gaming, its seductive beauty and the twilight zones of reality it has brought us.  

    The evening includes a special performance of Anagram’s award-winning VR project Goliath: Playing with Reality, presented live from inside the digital reality of its protagonist. Goliath's creative coder Leon Denise will immortalise the online and offline audiences' own stories of gaming in a live digital generative artwork created throughout the evening. Other artists and projects from the DocLab program presented this evening include the indiegame Gates of Aleppo by the artist Wolfswift and Georg Hobmeier from the Austrian Game Studio Causa Creations and Diagnosia, a VR documentary in which artist Mengtai Zhang takes us inside Chinese internment camps where young people are treated for “internet addiction”. Finally, Alexandra Barancová and Moniker will present Disarmed, a delightfully playful artistic research project that aims to reimagine our human bodies inside virtual reality and video games.

    DocLab Live: Gaming Reality will take place IRL and on Twitch.


    Goliath: Playing with Reality

    • Barry Gene Murphy, May Abdalla
    • United Kingdom, France
    • 2021
    • 25 min
    • DocLab: Liminal Reality, IDFA Doclab Spotlight

      This VR depicts the disorienting experience of schizophrenia, and how Goliath finds his footing in the virtual world of online multiplayer gaming. The voiceover by Tilda Swinton reminds us that every reality is a mental construct. Read more

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      • Mengtai Zhang, Lemon Guo
      • United States
      • 2021
      • 30 min
      • DocLab: Liminal Reality, IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction

        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. Read more

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        • Alexandra Barancová, Jae Perris, Luna Maurer, Roel Wouters
        • Netherlands
        • 2021
        • 10 min
        • DocLab: Liminal Reality, IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction

          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. Read more

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          Gates of Aleppo

          • Wolfswift, Georg Hobmeier, Joshua Hollendonner
          • Austria, Syria
          • 2020
          • 8 min
          • DocLab: Liminal Reality, IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling

            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. Read more

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