DocLab Expo: Elastic Reality

Trigger your senses and experience 30 of the world’s best interactive documentaries, virtual reality experiences and physical installations in the 11-day DocLab: Elastic Reality exhibition. With a two-person audio walk about lost friendships (So You Still Sort of Have the Same Number), new work by Moniker ( and Marshmallow Laser Feast (Chameleon), 3-D-printed portraits based on DNA of imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning (Radical Love), disruptive data visualizations by Iranian media artist Ali Eslami (DeathTolls Experience) and a virtual journey into the lost intimacy of the answering machine (I Am Not Home Video).
November 17-26, 9:00-23:00
November 27, 9:00-18:00 | Brakke Grond
Free admission. Some installations have varying opening hours (11:00-21:00). Onsite reservation may be required.
100 Photographs: The Most Influential Images of All Time
Paul Moakley, Kira Pollack
A multimedia project by Time magazine on the hundred photos that have shaped our world. Short films, essays and stories from those who have made the news...
Bear 71 VR
A seminal piece in the history of interactive documentary, reimagined and re-released as a VR piece for the 10-year anniversary of IDFA DocLab. On-site reservation required
various directors
An immersive and sensory portrait of Mexico City, created by 12 Mexican artists from various disciplines together with the British collective Marshmallow Laser Feast....
Luna Maurer, Roel Wouters
In a likeable, playful clickbait experience, you are rewarded for exploring all the interactive possibilities of your mouse.
DeathTolls Experience
Ali Eslami
A virtual journey from the refugee crisis in Europe to the bloodbath in Syria, placing the dry “data reality” of the news in an emotional perspective. On-site reservation...
Mia Donovan
A meditative virtual walk through the mental worlds of a former member of the Unification Church, a skinhead and a jihadist. On-site reservation required.
The Dig
various directors
Modern relationships bring new dilemmas. This interactive web series present you with different couples and the choices they should make. What would you advise?
Everyday Projects
various directors
By uploading photos of everyday life, ordinary people from all over the world show the place they live from a different perspective.
Flint Is a Place
Zackary Canepari
A powerful, stylized portrayal of the pride, hope and pent-up anger felt by the people of Flint, Michigan, a symbol of all that can go wrong with the American Dream.
Lauren McCarthy
Follower is a service providing you for just a few hours with your own real-life follower – an invisible companion who watches over you attentively. On-site reservation...
The Great Animal Orchestra
Thomas Deyriès
Imagine you are the conductor of an animal orchestra in this interactive and incredibly detailed natural soundscape, compiled by artist and nature recordist Bernie...
Home: Aamir
Rufus Norris
Experience the inhumane conditions of the Calais Jungle and travel with Aamir from South Sudan via Libya and across the Mediterranean to his new “home.” On-site reservation...
I Am Not Home Video
Bert Hana
A virtual experience of forgotten answering machine messages and a very special videotape that director and found footage fanatic Bert Hana picked up in a second-hand store....
The Island of the Colorblind
Sanne De Wilde
Catch a glimpse of a world where flames light up in black and white, trees have turned pink and a rainbow holds a thousand shades of grey.
Meat Puppet Arcade
Joseph Mango, Matt Romein
The 3-D scanner as a portal to the virtual space. Play with true-to-life replicas of the artist’s body.
The Modular Body
Floris Kaayk
Marvel at this science fiction perspective. You can assemble this story about a biologist who clicks organs together by clicking on the different elements online.
News Globus
various directors
Travel the globe and let the world news help you discover surprising connections between places that are close together or far apart.
Notes on Blindness VR
various directors
What’s it like to be blind? Notes on Blindness is an enchanting, award-winning interactive VR experience, based on the audio diary of author and theologian John Hull....
Radical Love
Heather Dewey-Hagborg
On the basis of her DNA, artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg created two life-size 3-D portraits of jailed WikiLeaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning.
The Resistance of Honey
Peter Boyd Maclean
Bioni Samp’s bees don’t just make honey – they also make music. A fascinating, mind-expanding glimpse into the exceptional world inside the beehive. On-site reservation...
A 3-D reconstruction of the notorious Saydnaya prison in Syria, on the basis of testimony from former prisoners who were held there in fear and darkness.
Smell Dating
Tega Brain, Sam Lavigne
An online dating service matches subscribers on the basis of their scent. Use your molecular intuition to find out who you really find attractive.
So You Still Sort of Have the Same Number
various directors
In this intimate and comforting audio walk, strangers become friends and the people we once knew become strangers. On-site reservation required.
These Memories Won't Last
Stu Campbell
An interactive web animation in which a grandson relates in words and drawn images the eventful life of his grandfather, who is starting to suffer from dementia.
Tzina: Symphony of Longing
A poetic, interactive VR documentary in which the residents of the run-down Dizengoff Square in Tel Aviv muse on their lives, loves, longing and loneliness. On-site reservation required.
White Spots, a Journey to the Edge of the Internet
Bregtje van der Haak, Richard Vijgen
A surprising journey away from the connected world and into the lives of people living in “white spots” without Internet or cell phone reception all...
Wifi Whisperer
Kyle McDonald
An installation on the Wi-Fi Whisperer, who in a robot-like voice intones information from Wi-Fi networks, giving a scarily complete impression of us.
Zeki Müren Hotline
Beyza Boyacioglu, Jeff Soyk
Spoken messages to the popular Turkish artist Zeki Müren (1931-1996) speak of an underlying nostalgia for a Turkey of bygone days.
Call for Entry: IDFA Bertha Fund December 22, 2016 | The IDFA Bertha Fund is looking for new creative documentary projects from developing countries for both its classic program and the IBF Europe distribution scheme.
Ally Derks receives Pioneer Award December 12, 2016 | Last Saturday, Ally Derks received a prestigious Pioneer Award from the International Documentary Association.
Open Call: Short Web Documentaries November 26, 2016 | IDFA and Jos de Putter from Deep Focus Web Documentaries invite entries for project proposals from talented (young) filmmakers.


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