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A project development programme
for expanded documentaries
14—18 April 2018
Nyon, Switzerland

The sixth edition of this residential workshop will introduce participants to nonfiction digital storytelling and accompany them in the development of a first interactive documentary proof of concept.

1418 April 2018. Nyon, Switzerland

2018 programme sneak preview !


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Case studies • 2018

Elastic Time


Mixed reality interactive documentary about space-time narrated by astronomer Tony Stark (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics). A real-time hologram of your body is integrated into the observatory room. Using the controllers, you bend space and time to your will, creating black-holes, worm-holes and time portals.


Speakers: Mark Boulos, Javier Bello Ruiz, Robin Mange (IMVERSE, CH)

Moderator: Sandra Gaudenzi

When: Sunday, 15 April 2018, 14h30–16h00

Where: Colombière Grande Salle (Rue de la Colombière 18, Nyon)


www.imverse.ch/elastictime
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Trainers • 2018

Javier Bello Ruiz



Expert
Born in Spain, MSc in Computer Science Engineering by the University of Zaragoza (2010) with focus in HCI and business management, later lab manager at the Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (2013-2017). 
Previously managing VR projects for cognitive neuroscience research about brain mechanisms of body perception, body awareness and self- consciousness, he co-founded Imverse SA in 2017. 

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Trainers • 2018

John-Paul Marin



Development Lab mentor
John-Paul is a highly experienced digital executive who, over the past 15 years, has combined technology with story to produce dozens of interactive experiences across the web, VR and TV. His work has won numerous awards including a Webby, SXSW Interactive Innovation and Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism. He currently heads up the SBS Digital Creative Labs in Sydney.
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Trainers • 2018

Karim Ben Khelifa



Expert
Karim Ben Khelifa, 45, is an award winning photojournalist who has freelanced regularly for Time, Vanity Fair, Le Monde, Stern, The New York Times Magazine and dozens of others. He is the director of the breakthrough VR and AR journalism project “The Enemy” which premiered in Paris in 2017.
Karim is widely known for his coverage of the Middle East conflicts and troubles, especially the Iraq and Afghan wars, where he covered the insurgent sides. He has worked in more than 80 countries and territories and has had exhibition on four continents.
Ben Khelifa was in 2012 Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism where he has given talks and lectures in different schools of Harvard University. In 2013/2014 he has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Open Documentary Lab at MIT. In the academic years of 2015/2017, he was a visiting Artist at the Center for Art, Science and Technology as well as a fellow at the Imagination, Computation and Expression Lab, both at MIT in Cambridge.

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Trainers • 2018

Lina Srivastava



Development Lab mentor
Lina Srivastava is a social innovation strategist and the founder of CIEL | Creative Impact and Experience Lab, a cultural innovation strategy group. Lina has worked on engagement campaigns documentaries including Born into Brothels, The Devil Came on Horseback, Inocente, and Who Is Dayani Cristal? The former Executive Director of Kids with Cameras, and Association of Video and Filmmakers, Lina founded the Transformational Change Leadership project, and has worked with social impact organizations including UNICEF, UNESCO, the World Bank, and FilmAid. She is on faculty in the MFA Program in Design and Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts. Lina is a Fulbright Specialist candidate, on the US State Department’s American Film Showcase roster, Rockwood Institute/ JustFilms Fellow, recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation leadership grant, Civic Hall Labs Fellow, Boehm Media Fellow, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Lina is a graduate of New York University School of Law.
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Trainers • 2018

Mark Boulos



Expert
Mark Boulos is a filmmaker and artist working across documentary film, photography, video art, interactive installations, and virtual reality. 
He is Assistant Professor of Film at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCU Arts) in Richmond, Virginia, USA. 
His first artist monograph was published in 2017 Hatje Cantz, Germany. In 2015, he received the Rome Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. His solo shows include LAXART, Los Angeles; FACT, Liverpool; MoMA New York; Perez Miami Art Museum; and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. His group exhibitions include the Geneva Biennale of the Moving Image (2015), the Berlin Biennale (2010), and the Sydney Biennale (2008). 
He is represented by Galerie Stigter van Doesburg, Amsterdam. 

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Trainers • 2018

Michael Kaschner



Development Lab expert panel
Michael Kaschner, born in 1975, has been working as a freelance content creator, screenwriter and director in the field of factual entertainment for the public-law broadcasters (amongst other things for TerraX, TerraXpress, ZDF Info, ARTE, Andreas Kieling, and show teasers for Thomas Gottschalk). Since October 2013, he is the Senior Producer at ZDF Digital Medienproduktion GmbH where he initially manages the set-up of an editorial office for the series TerraXpress. By now, he has also been supervising a network consisting of more than 100 freelance authors for various formats. In parallel to his commitment in the field of interactive VR, Michael Kaschner is setting up a new fiction department at ZDF Digital, which develops new formats for the crime film genre and web series, as well as horizontal, episode-spanning series for streaming services and Pay TV. Michael Kaschner is a guest lecturer at the center for media competences, ZFM, at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen, as well as at the Film Academy in Ludwigsburg and for the study program Serial Storytelling at the International Film School in Cologne (IFS).
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Trainers • 2018

Robin Mange



Expert
Starting to code at the age of 11, Swiss computer graphics enthusiast and expert, Robin has more than 10 years’ experience in volumetric rendering and has been working on virtual and mixed reality for the past 5 years.
MSc in Communication Systems by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (2008). Previously at the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience at EPFL as a mixed reality engineer in 2013, just before co-founding Imverse SA in 2017. 

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Trainers • 2018

Sabine Bubeck-Paaz



Development Lab expert panel
Sabine Bubeck-Paaz is a commissioning editor at ZDF (German public broadcaster) for various documentary slots on ARTE, the European Culture Channel. The ZDF department “Thema”, where she is deputy head of, is dealing with One Offs, Season programming, Theme Evenings, the documentary series “ARTE Discovery” and Cross Media Projects. The investigative and creative documentary projects she is involved in are mostly international coproductions. The topics range from Culture, Science and History to Current Affairs, Human Interest and socio-political issues – always wishing to discover strong and surprising stories. Lately, she has been involved in the Oscar nominated coproductions “The Act of Killing”, “The Look of Silence”, “Claude Lanzmann – Spectres of the Shoah” and other award winning documentaries and cross media productions like “Drone”, “netwars”, “I am Ingrid Bergman”, “The Queen of Silence”, “Sugar Coated” etc. As a tutor, she has been participating in international pitching and training workshops. Since 2015, Sabine Bubeck-Paaz is also Head of Studies of ESoDoc - European Social Documentary (www.esodoc.eu).
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Trainers • 2018

Sandra Gaudenzi



Expert
Sandra Gaudenzi started her career as a television producer and then moved into interactive television, to finally specialize in the field of digital interactive narrative. She has taught interactive media theory at the London College of Communication (University of the Arts London) during thirteen years, completed a PhD about interactive documentary at Goldsmiths, and is now Visiting Research Fellow at the University of the West of England. She co-convenes the i-Docs conference and is Creative Director of its website. She also mentors projects, organises trainings, curates conferences such as WebDox, blogs, researches and runs a monthly meet-up in London about factual interactive narrative. Her latest adventure is !F Lab, a new training scheme opened to interactive storytellers, where their projects can be incubated during a period of six months. !F Lab is a Creative Europe initiative.
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Trainers • 2018

Sönke Kirchhof



Development Lab mentor
Sönke Kirchhof is CEO and executive producer of award-winning VR Full Service Studio INVR.SPACE GmbH. He studied political science in Hamburg and Film – and TV Production at Filmuniversität Babelsberg. He works in the fields of VR, stereoscopic filmmaking, VFX and CGI Postproduction as well as Research and Development in arts and technology since more than 15 years. He is also founder of reallifefilm international GmbH, working as Producer and Stereographer in all kind of projects. At INVR.SPACE he is in charge of all business- related operations as well as deciding on creative and technologic approaches. With INVR.SPACE and reallifefilm international he is involved in international projects with customers and partners such as Samsung, Unicef, BMW, Harman and Porsche, as well as Arte and ZDF.
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Trainers • 2018

Susanna Lotz



Development Lab mentor
After graduating in Art History, she continued her university research by integrating the Dance Lab in Paris 8, working on motion capture in contemporary dance choreographies. Susanna coedited two issues of “Anomalie”, a bilingual review exploring different themes in the fields of arts and digital technologies. Her work included Anomalie #2 “Digital Performance” and Anomalie #3 “Interfaces”. She also contributed to the CD-ROM “Le Centre Georges Pompidou: La collection” and “Yves Saint-Laurent: 40 ans de création”.
Since 2002 Susanna has worked for the Web Department of Arte, where she was recruited to create innovative content for the web. Her teamwork with the commissioning broadcast editors resulted in the project “Gaza-Sderot – Life in spite of everything”, or “Farewell Comrades!”. Today Susanna Lotz lives in Berlin, where she collaborates on international transmedia projects. Susanna Lotz coordinates the Development Lab of the interactive documentary workshop: a project development programme for expanded documentaries, promoted by the Laboratory of Visual Culture (SUPSI) and Visions du Réel.

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Case studies • 2018

The Enemy


The Enemy is always invisible. When he becomes visible, he ceases to be the Enemy. For the first time, in augmented-reality, a new documentary gives users the opportunity to meet soldiers from opposite sides of the same conflict. Each fighter offers personal perspectives on war, in their own words, discussing their motivations for fighting and what their future might look like.
One of the first apps to take full advantage of the new ARKit framework for iOS11, The Enemy takes you to a whole new level of AR experience—an unforgettably real encounter. Blending digital representation of real-life fighters in 3D from information with the environment around you, ARKit allows them to interact with the real world as never before. 

Speaker: Karim Ben Khelifa (CAN/FR)
Moderator: Sandra Gaudenzi
When: Sunday, 15 April 2018, 14h30–16h00
Where: Colombière Grande Salle (Rue de la Colombière 18, Nyon)

http://theenemyishere.org
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