CPH:LAB announces this year’s participants for the 2020/2021 edition

Six new international immersive documentary projects have been selected for CPH:DOX’s well-renowned talent development and training programme, CPH:LAB. The result will be a collection of works exploring the subject of Protopia that will premiere at CPH:DOX 2021.

Since 2009, CPH:LAB has been seeking to advance new visions of what a documentary can be. With an expanded focus, the lab is now exploring the potential of interactive and immersive digital technologies, integrating alternative business strategies and cross-sector partnerships in a new approach to develop stories in the digital age.

In 2020/2021 as a response to the new global situation, CPH:LAB will interrogate storytelling, platforms, resonance, audience engagement strategies and remote production planning through an intensive series of online workshops. All selected projects will examine the subject of Protopia, a term coined by American Futurist Kevin Kelly, to deal with the idea that Utopia is unachievable but that civilisation change can be made incrementally.

From September 7-21, the 19 participants will meet online for the first part of CPH:LAB. Head of Studies, Mark Atkin, will lead the professional team of mentors, among whom are Georg Tschurtschenthaler (IT), Senior Producer of film and crossmedia at gebrueder beetz filmproduktion; Annette Mees (NL), Head of Royal Opera House Audience Lab and Vassiliki Khonsari (US) Director, Producer and Co-Founder of iNK Stories.

From mid-September to mid-January, the participants will follow a continuous programme with online mentoring, fireside chats, peer-to-peer meetings and sessions with dedicated mentors. Within this timeframe, the participants will develop and produce their work which will be exhibited digitally and, if permitted, physically as a collection at the Inter:Active exhibition at CPH:DOX 2021.

A great track record

Throughout the years, CPH:LAB has established itself as an acknowledged and ambitious, yet playful laboratory-style talent scheme showing great results. Among the projects that has travelled the world are Hush by Vibeke Bryld and Maria Kristensen selected for Venice Biennale 2020, Breathe by Diego Galafassi, Lisa Holmqvist and Jesper Kurlandsky selected for Sundance 2020 and Exploring Borders by Aude-Emilie Judaïque, Lucie Plançon, Chloé Jarry selected for Villa San Francisco 2021.

These and other prototypes developed within the lab have a.o. been supported by public funding bodies such as CNC, Art Council England, Swedish Arts Council, Creative XR as well as producers such as Novelab. 

The 6 projects and their teams, selected for CPH:LAB 2020/2021 are:

Connections - No Human Is an Island (DK)
By Suvi Andrea Helminen, Ulrik Gutkin, Kasper Bøttcher

An interactive documentary and cross-platform experience exploring the emotions that connect us across country borders, during the corona pandemic. What unites us? What separates us? And what will we learn from this? 

(DK, US, HU)
By Dane Christensen, Carol Dalrymple, Barna Szász

A multi-sensory augmented reality documentary inspired by Icelandic folklore redefining our relationship with nature in an era of climate change.

By Reid Hannaford, Danielle Sheli Levy, Arthur Choi 

MIMIC is a multimedia experience where you and a neural network build a story about humanity together.

Sonic Cellumonials (DK, UK)

By Baum & Leahy, Sofie Birch, Greg Orrom Swan 

A physical-digital cellular ceremony exploring how our bodies and minds are interwoven with the microbial life cycles moving within and around us, and how the ongoing pandemic can reveal new perspectives on the multiscalar reality we live in.

Symbiotica (CL)

By Natalia Cabrera, Juan Ferrer, Sebastián González 

Symbiotica is a VR multi-user game where the players become an organism from one of the Kingdoms of Life and interact with each other in order to thrive together, regenerating life after environmental catastrophes.

The Smallest of Worlds: A Social Landscape of Collected Privacy (AT, DE, ES)

By Uwe Brunner, Bettina Katja Lange, Joan Soler-Adillon 

An immersive archive and time capsule based on global participation with the aim of creating a collective memory composed of the most personal and intimate places and moments that have helped people to cope with the time of home quarantine and self-isolation.

Read more about the 6 selected projects here.

CPH:LAB is supported by Creative Europe Media and The Danish Film Institute.