VR:LAB was an exploration of virtual reality (VR) as a medium and means of expression. It was a production workshop engaging filmmakers from all over the Nordic region to challenge the dogmas of filmmaking, to develop a voice within virtual reality and to experiment with new forms of storytelling. In short: An experimental exploration of authenticity in virtual realities.
20 carefully selected participants were invited in teams of two (filmmaker/artist and producer) to create a short VR experience during the lab. The finished works were presented to the public audience during CPH:DOX, and after the festival they will be available via a downloadable app, and went on tour to other festivals and cultural events.
VR:LAB was an initiative by CPH:DOX and Makropol and curated by Johan Knattrup Jensen and Mads Damsbo, who created international awareness with their hybrid between film and art, The Doghouse (Skammekrogen), where 5 audience members simultaneously experience the film from each of the five character’s subjective perspective.
VR:LAB was kindly supported by Nordisk Kulturfond and Bikubenfonden. The location sponsor was Space 10 and gear for the lab was sponsored by Google, Oculus and Samsung VR Gear.