LAB mentors 2019-2020

Annette Mees (NL)

Annette Mees is an award-winning artist and immersive theatre director. She is known for her experiential work across art forms mixing live and digital experiences. She is currently the Head of Audience Labs; a new department at the Royal Opera House dedicated to creating new immersive experiences using new technology.

Anrick Bregman (UK)

Anrick is an award winning cross-disciplinary new realities director, exploring immersive storytelling through VR, AR, film and games, and beyond. His work is research focused, and lies at the intersection of narrative and experiential technology.

Barnaby Steel (UK)

Barnaby Steel is an Artist and Creative Director of London based studio Marshmallow Laser Feast. This experiential art collective works in the liminal space between art, technology and the natural world. Barnaby’s art practice combines a wide range of disciplines including sculpture, installation, live performance, and mixed reality.

Dr Sandra Gaudenzi (IT)

Dr Sandra Gaudenzi is an internationally acknowledged authority in the field of interactive and immersive documentary practice. Coming from TV production, she has been consulting, mentoring, researching, lecturing, writing, speaking and blogging about interactive factual narratives for the last twenty years.  

She is Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster and course co-leader for the Digital and Interactive Storytelling LAB MA – a place to explore, experiment and excel in the storytelling forms of our digital culture.

Francesca Panetta (UK)

Francesca Panetta is a Creative Director in the MIT Centerfor Advanced Virtuality. As an immersive artist and journalist, she uses emerging technologies to innovate new forms of storytelling that have social impact. Previous to MIT, she worked at The Guardian as Executive Director of VirtualReality where she pioneered new forms of journalism.

Georg Tschurtschenthaler (IT)

Georg Tschurtschenthaler is an Emmy-nominated and Grimme-Prize awarded producer and showrunner forfilm and interactive projects at Gebrueder Beetz FilmProduction in Berlin. He has earned some 35 producer credits for his work. In addition he regularly teaches at the Zurich University of the Arts.

Jonathan May (UK)

Jonathan May is currently Acting Director for AbandonNormal Devices. As an arts producer and programmer he leads ambitious cross-disciplinary teams to create arts events from building-wide festivals in the favelas of Bogota; installations in Mexico nightclubs; to public artworks at Tate’s Turbine Hall.

Lucia Pietroiusti (IT)

Lucia Pietroiusti is Curator of General Ecology at Serpentine Galleries, London, as well as the curator of Sun & Sea (Marina), the Lithuanian Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale. Publications include More-than-Human (with Andrés Jaque and Marina Otero Verzier, upcoming).

Mark Atkin (UK)

Mark Atkin is the curator of the Interactive Exhibition and the Head of Studies of CPH:LAB. He has run interactive media labs on almost all continents and been a film programmer as well as a commissioner for documentary and interactive for TV channels in the UK and Australia. Mark has produced both linear and interactive works that have been presented at The Royal Academy of Arts, The Barbican in London and MoMA in New York, as well as festivals around the world.

Maude Thibodeau (CA)

Following studies in fashion and graphic design, Maude Thibodeau has been designing interactive anden gaging projects for over ten years in Montreal. She creates experiences using strong immersive narratives at Dpt., an award winning immersive experience studio at the intersection of film and gaming, art and code, design and research.

Phil Harper (UK)

Phil Harper is a BAFTA award winning VR director. Since helping to setup Alchemy VR in 2014 he has written and directed many VR documentaries, including one featuring Sir David Attenborough. His film ‘The Antarctica Experience’ is showing in specialist cinemas across Australia where it became one of the highest grossing documentaries of 2018.

Thomas Oberender (DE)

Since 2011 Thomas Oberender has been the Artistic and Managing Director of Berliner Festspiele / Gropiusbau. He was the founder of several new formats for performance, literature and cultural programmes, and created time based exhibitions. He is currently working as Artistic Director of the transmedial programme ‘Immersion’, which also opens planetariums as spaces for artists of the digital age.

Vassiliki Khonsari (GR)

Co-founder of iNK Stories, Vassiliki Khonsari is a producer and director across multiple screens, including film, games, installations, and virtual reality. Recent titles include HERO, multi sensory/location based VR; FIRE ESCAPE, interactive VR series made in partnership with Google; BLINDFOLD, interactive VR and 1979 REVOLUTION, a cinematic video game.