CPH:LAB announces the participants for the 2021/2022 edition

Nine new international immersive documentary projects have now been selected for CPH:DOX’s well-renowned talent development and training programme, CPH:LAB.

Exploring the subject of Transformations the participants will go through an intense development phase and be ready to present their prototypes in March 2022 at the Inter:Active Symposium at CPH:DOX in Copenhagen.

The training programme for CPH:LAB will take place as a series of continuous online workshops, individual mentoring and peer-to-peer sessions starting in October 2021. The teams will be working with Head of Studies, Mark Atkin, and a team of internationally renowned mentors.


Selected projects for CPH:LAB 2021/2022

Anguilla Anguilla (UK, Germany, Denmark) by Joey Bania, Lion Bischof, Tine Mikkelsen
Anguilla Anguilla is an interactive online documentary using the four extraordinary metamorphoses of the European Eel as a lens through which to examine contemporary environmental crises, and to imagine ways that, eel-like, we might undergo our own rapid transformations in order to pull ourselves back from the brink of catastrophe.

Deep Truth (Sweden) by Jennifer Rainsford
Following our beating hearts the project uses an algorithm to extract and enhance the shifts in skin color from the pulsation of blood to create a new kind of documentary truth, visual effect and way of using shifts in the body to see a truth beyond our skin.

Local Binaries (Australia) by Lauren Moffatt
What if we saw our insides as landscapes and architectures, and saw our outer world as vital organs? This experimental documentary is written collectively and experienced as a journey that exists between the psychological and the physical.

Mono No Aware (Finland) by Timo Wright, Ada Johnsson
When the time stopped and life became a memory.
Mono No Aware, “Everything in Existence is Temporary ”, is a virtual reality documentary about memories and loss, in which the viewer can move around freely and meet the former residents of the abandoned towns of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident’s Exclusion Zone.

Non-Aligned Newsreels (Serbia) by Mila Turajlic, Maja Medic
A film and research project re-activating forgotten archives of 1960s liberation movements and newly-independent countries in Africa filmed by Yugoslav cameramen, by inviting local audiences to engage with them. The resulting exhibition on ciné-collaborations seeks to extend the gestures of solidarity by which the original films were created.

SWARM (Poland, Hungary, Germany) by Ula Sowa, Viktória Szabó, Fabian Driehorst
SWARM is a documentary animated sonic VR journey through a city swarmed by a group of protesting women together with a colony of bees.

The Pathogen of War (Lebanon, UK) by Yasmin Fedda,  Daniel Davies
Iraqi physician turned medical anthropologist Dr Omar Dewachi explores how decades of conflict are directly linked to the evolution and spread of a deadly bacteria to ask: if war is a key driver of disease, can we end all wars to save our health?

The Sacred Cave of Kamukuwaká (Brazil, UK, Spain) by Piratá Waura, Nathaniel Mann, Alejandro Romero Hernández
The brutal desecration of ancient amazonian rock-art In the Xingu, (Brazil) threatens the Wauja people’s living culture. A digital resurrection helps breathe new life into a vast cosmovisión of stories, mythical spirits, rites, and rituals that underpin this remote Indigenous community’s connection with life, death, and the natural world.

Unknown Territory (Denmark) by Laurits Flensted-Jensen, Sissel Dalsgaard Thomsen, Darshika Karanuhara, Anne Sofie Steen Sverdrup, Mads Damsbo
Unknown Territory is a project about love and desire. About borders and liberation. It is a simulation of an alternative reality that nudges the audience to face their partner in a new way. The goal is transformation and awareness and the means are cinematic virtual reality, documentary hyperrealism, performance design, and audience participation.

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