DOK Exchange

DOK Exchange

Zwei Männder und eine Frau schauen gemeinsam in ein Programmheft zu DOK Exchange
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“There may be more beautiful times, but this one is ours.”

Jean-Paul Sartre
This year’s DOK Exchange will be a digital conference and online seminar – A digital space to talk about digital mediated spaces.

For our international guests who can’t visit the DOK Neuland exhibition, the DOK Exchange keynotes give you the opportunity to connect with cutting-edge storytellers, artists, and content creators.

Pre-pandemic life exposed an out-of-control acceleration and we seem to suffer from a collective burnout. The forced deceleration of the lockdowns took a toll and the way we encounter each other has been massively transformed.

Nevertheless, we will transfer the uplifting spirit of DOK Exchange into a collectively shared safe space from our homes. The one-day community-building event focuses once again on learning from each other, a space to explore the freshest views and ideas of XR storytelling. Apart from imaginary competition, we aim to put into perspective the huge and endless potential of new technology and explore our liability towards society, users and ourselves.

Closed works in progress sessions will also be accessible for registered guests.

When: Thursday 29 October 2020, 11:00 – 13:30
Language: English
Access: Prior registration required

Rob Eagle, Bristol
Brigid O’Shea, DOK Leipzig

Speakers (more to be confirmed):
Ágnes Karolina Bakk
Anna Mauersberger
DIVA Miyake-Mugler
Harry Silverlock
Niki Smit

DOK Industry

Anne Rethfeldt
Lars Rummel

interactive [at] dok-leipzig [dot] de
+49 (0) 341 30864-1085

Portrait of Rob Eagle looking at the camera, with short hair and a piercing in one ear
Moderation: Rob Eagle

As an interdisciplinary artist, Rob Eagle makes work in formats from film to audio and interactive installations. His recent augmented reality (AR) installation, Through the Wardrobe, was exhibited at film festivals and galleries 2019-20, including Sheffield Doc/Fest, HOME (Manchester), IDFA (Amsterdam) and the Barbican (London). He has recently been collaborating with National Dance Company Wales on the project Moving Layers, blending AR and contemporary dance. Based in Bristol, UK, he is currently writing up his PhD thesis on AR for interactive documentary storytelling at the University of the West of England.

Keynotes and Speaker

VR as a Tool for Soulful Education: Merging Technology with Embodied Practices and Ancient Ceremony Design

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Anna Mauersberger
Co-Founder of HeartWire

Anna Mauersberger is an Educational Artist, Experience Designer and Facilitator working at the intersection of arts, technology, education and social activism. She is a certified Ontological Coach and Mental Trainer and soon-to-be-certified Somatic Experience Practitioner and Wilderness Trainer. Before reclaiming her independence, she worked for the Berlin-based film production company UFA, where she started the award-winning educational initiative Mesh Collective, a pioneer project in the field of digital, extracurricular youth education. As Co-Founder of HeartWire, Laboratory for Soulful Civic Education, she seeks to combine the "best of all worlds" by weaving psychological insights, body based theories and indigenous wisdom into entertaining, accessible and yet challenging formats for all types of audiences.

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Niki Smit

Niki Smit is co-founder and Creative Director at Monobanda, where he explores and expands the boundaries of play and interaction. His work focuses heavily on researching and developing news forms of play. His passion lies in creating work that connects the human body, physical space and the virtual world in surprising ways, creating meaningful play that fills the space between art, science and education. 

Additionally, Niki co-founded ExploreDEEP, where he creates meditative, breath-controlled VR experiences, and loves teaching visual & interactive storytelling at art academies.  

Monobanda is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Magic in VR - Immersive storytelling and the science of magic

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Ágnes Karolina Bakk

Ágnes Karolina Bakk (1986), PhD-researcher (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Innovation Center), conference founder, producer and curator. She is the founder of the immersive storytelling conference entitled Zip-Scene, that will take place for the third time in March 2021. She is the cofounder of Random Error Studio, a lab that supports various VR productions and is currently the curator of Vektor VR section in the frame of the Verzio Film festival. She is teaching escape room design, immersive & VR-storytelling and speculative design at MOME. She presented her research on immersive theatre and VR at various conferences and platforms from Moscow (CILECT, 2019) to Montreal (SQUET, 2019).


Potential and challenges of immersive theatre

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Krzysztof Garbaczewski
Founder of the Dream Adoption Society

Krzysztof Garbaczewski (born 1983 in Białystok, Poland) is a director, set designer and author of adaptations of, among others, The Tibetan Book of the Dead, Gombrowicz, Dostoyevsky, Shakespeare, Reymont, Jelinek, Roussel, and the poets Leśmian, Białoszewski and Dante, which form the basis of his so-called "Meditations" combining performance, visual arts and music. The first Polish theatre director working in Virtual Reality technology. Founder of the Dream Adoption Society collective, which focuses on developing the language of digital arts - virtual and augmented reality in the space of theatre and performance art. In his practice he combines new technologies with performance art and installations. Dream Adoption Society uses such solutions as: scanning and implementation of actors into a virtual 3D live environment, applications enabling multiple viewers to experience virtual reality at the same time, creation of digital avatars and VR environments (Virtual Reality) combined with real scenery and props or use of holographic characters generated in real time in augmented reality.


Gimme One - Working with Communities as an Ally

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Harry Silverlock

Currently researching the integration between dance and technology as part of Bristol & Bath R&D Expanded Performance Fellowship. I am a queer XR producer seeking to better understand and shape how we can use creative technologies to tell OUR stories.

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Diva Miyake-Mugler

I am Diva Miyake-Mugler from The Iconic Legendary International House of Miyake-Mugler. I am known as the First Lady of The London Ballroom Scene and The Queen of Oldway Performance. I am Trans, I am a Teacher, I am a Leader, I am Diva.

DOK Industry Programme is co-funded and supported by the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme of the European Union.
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