In its third year DOK Neuland will not only show a new selection of interactive works, we will also present them at a new venue: the tent on Marktplatz is history – the future of DOK Neuland, which is dedicated to the future of storytelling on film, takes place at Messehof.
Empathy, with places and stories, is vital when you’re watching moving images: allowing yourself to be captured and forgetting the world around you. Interactive works and their non-linear narratives demand not only physical interaction but force us to make decisions: how do we want to perceive these stories, these other worlds, times, cultures and destinies?
We meet people here who fight against oppression, try to transform adverse into acceptable conditions – and sometimes fail. We encounter others who are not able to even try. We move in contemporary spheres full of contradictions, but also full of humanity.
These works formulate dystopias, develop visions of a future of optimised bodies and minds. They ask how we want to use human resources in the future and whether the future we are heading for is really the one we want. And they answer: a different future is not a utopia, but a massive effort.
The Leipzig artist Paula Gehrmann works with different media such as photography, installation and objects. Her exhibition design for DOK Neuland 2017 references her design of the previous year, merging the hybrid structure of walk-in presentation, sculpture and the diversity of the interactive works in a new landscape of dialogues – a display frame that creates points of access without being obtrusive.