DOK Exchange XR

DOK Exchange XR

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DOK Exchange is DOK Leipzig’s inspiring programme on interactive and immersive storytelling, which is an opportunity to connect with brilliant experts, consult XR works-in-progress and keep in touch with the international XR community.
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About

DOK Exchange XR will take place in hybrid form on the 20 October 2022.

This year our programme focuses on: 

  • the issue of agency and accessibility 
  • spatial imagination and the process of prototyping
  • healthy embodiment practices 
  • the future of safe social VR/AR
  • designing and curating emotional convergence of virtual and physical worlds
  • and finding alternative sources of financing for XR projects
DOK Exchange Coordinator

Weronika Lewandowska

exchange [at] dok-leipzig [dot] de

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DOK Exchange XR offers two events:
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Susann Jehnichen
XR Conference

DOK Exchange XR Conference is a hybrid event with speakers presenting an in-depth look at the various aspects of XR development. We will critically look at and analyze new directions for XR and storytelling to better understand and take sustainable decisions on design, production and distribution processes.

Language 
English

Access 
Guests with accreditations and day-pass are welcome (on-site and online). 
Pre-registration is required: exchange [at] dok-leipzig [dot] de

Keynote Speakers
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Portrait Viviana Hochstätter
Portrait Viviana Hochstätter
Viviana Hochstätter

“Alternative sources of financing immersion productions (NFTs, Metaverse)”

Viviana Hochstätter is a creative Producer for XR content. A graduate of traineeship in International Producing and the program Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris at the renowned Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. She works for Expanding Focus in Leipzig where she has been Creative Producer for several VR / AR and Games projects pursuing strong visual experiences and working across mediums and genres. Among others she has been working on Games such as  UTOPIA TOWER ENDGAME, KAIJU and several VR Experiences like LOST FORMS and the transmedia VR Experience CABINETS OF WONDER which has been running successfully in different festivals and world premiered at IDFA 2020.

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Portrait Monika Maslon
Portrait Monika Maslon
Monika Masłoń

“Designing and presenting an emotional convergence of virtual and physical worlds”

Dr. Monika Masłoń is a visual artist, an art educator and the author of the VR experience “CONTROL NEGATIVE”. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź and Ph.D. studies at the Film School in Łódź, where she completed her Ph.D. thesis entitled “Do zobaczenia” (See you), under the supervision of Prof. Józef Robakowski. She is a lecturer at the Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw and the University of Leipzig where she conducts classes with the students of the department of Arts education in fine arts. The scope of her art activities is manifested mainly through realizations based on audiovisual material. She participated in numerous exhibitions and shows.

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Portrait Michael Nebeling
Portrait Michael Nebeling
Michael Nebeling

“XR prototyping – shaping spatial imagination”

Dr. Michael Nebeling is an Associate Professor of Information at the University of Michigan, currently on sabbatical at Meta Reality Labs Research in Redmond. At U-M, he leads the Information Interaction Lab, a human-computer interaction research group focused on virtual, augmented, and mixed reality applications (XR). His work has contributed novel XR authoring tools that accelerate design via rapid prototyping techniques, sometimes borrowing and extending concepts and techniques from filmmaking. He is XR Faculty Innovator-in-Residence with the U-M wide XR Initiative and created the XR MOOC series, a three-course AR/VR specialization on Coursera. 

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Portrait Michaela Pnacekova
Portrait Michaela Pnacekova
Michaela Pňačeková

“Agency and accessibility – shaping ethical immersive experiences”

Born in former Czechoslovakia, Michaela Pňaček(ová) is an award-winning XR artist, creative technologist, a PhD candidate and ELIA scholar at York University, Toronto. Recipient of FIVARS Award for Excellence in Sound Design 2020, nominee for Best Entertainment at VRNow Awards 2021. Listed by Forbes Magazine among the best XR installations of 2019. Her focus lies in the ways emerging media impact the real through interaction with algorithmic processes and artificial intelligence. Director and producer of Symphony of Noise VR (2019) and co-producer of the VR piece Chomsky vs. Chomsky: First Encounter which premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2020.

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If you can’t make it to Leipzig, join the livestream that will be available here on 20 October.

Eine DOK-Mitarbeiterin (mit Mundschutz) nimmt von einem Neuland-Besucher ein Paar Kopfhörer entgegen.
Susann Jehnichen
XR Showcase

XR creators will present their cutting-edge projects in development in front of an online audience, followed by feedback by more than 20 experts from the fields of research, funding, distribution, art and technology. We focus on building openness and equality in the process of knowledge exchange. It will be a great opportunity to develop fresh ideas and build a bridge between the creators and the community of XR experts. 

Language 
English

Access
Invitation only (online)

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Moderator
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Brigid O’Shea
Berlin (Germany)
Consultant and Co-Director at DAE

Brigid O’Shea started at the Berlin International Film Festival, working for various departments including Berlinale Talents, Berlinale Co-Pro Market and the EFM. She went to DOK Leipzig in 2010 and was appointed head of DOK Industry in 2014. She left in 2021 to establish the Documentary Association of Europe. She freelances for many documentary institutions in Europe and production companies and tutors across the globe on international co-financing and pitching as well as festival strategies and cultural management. She moderates and curates programmes on non-fiction filmmaking as an internationally-respected consultant with a wide and diverse network. She serves on the advisory boards of B2B Doc, Dokufest and Circle: Women Doc Accelerator, and is a programmer at Docs Barcelona.

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Projects

The avatar of a man in a wheelchair in a digital environment. The man wears a VR headset.
Brecht into the Metaverse by Alternative Virtual Architect Alliance

Lenn Blaschke, Katharina Haverich 

YMUSIC 
Germany

A prison cell where the floor is covered with cans and black garbage bags.
Eco Resilients XR

Jonathan Álvarez 

Global Films Media Productions, Aluvión Zoo 
Panama, Argentina

 

A room in black-and-white where a person sits on a couch that is covered with a blanket.
Fresh Memories

Volodymyr Kolbasa, Ondřej Moravec 

Brainz Immersive
Czech Republic, Ukraine

 

An elongated room with white tiles on the walls and black floor, illuminated by pink points of light.
Liminal Spaces

Lui Avallos 

Mundivagante Studio 
Brazil, Portugal

 

A collage: in the background a postcard of a historic cruise ship in front of a big city skyline. In front below five playing cards with king, queen and three jacks.
Normandie

Sam Butin 

USA

 

A drawing with five figures: in front a woman with a flower in her hair, around her four men with straw hats. All of them carry a flame in their hands and look straight ahead.
Pueblo Santo: A Cumbia Trip

María Cecilia Reyes 

Producer: Laura Casadiego 
Colombia, Italy, Spain

 

Experts
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Portrait Agnes Karolina Bakk
Portrait Agnes Karolina Bakk
Ágnes Karolina Bakk

Ágnes Karolina Bakk is a narrative designer and researcher at the Innovation Center of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design. She is the founder of the Zip-Scene conference; co-founder of Random Error Studio; co-curator of Vektor VR. She is currently involved in several video game and VR projects.

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Portrait Zdenek Blaha
Portrait Zdenek Blaha
Zdeněk Blaha

Zdeněk Blaha is the Programme Director of Institute of Documentary Film and is managing the East Doc Platform, a key networking event focused on upcoming documentary films from the CEE region. As a freelance consultant Zdenek is working as script editor and UX consultant on various documentary and interactive/XR works, most recently Darkening (premiered at Venice Film Festival 2022).

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Portrait Jutta Brendemühl
Portrait Jutta Brendemühl
Jutta Brendemühl

Jutta Brendemühl is an international arts programmer & writer. Engagements: Goethe-Institut; EU Film Festival Toronto; Toronto Arab Film; North American Cultural Diplomacy Initiative; Toronto Cultural Leaders Lab. Juries & mentoring incl. Toronto Jewish Film Festival; DOK Leipzig; Kassel Documentary Festival; ArtworxTO.

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Portrait Ana Brzezinska
Portrait Ana Brzezinska
Ana Brzezińska

XR Curator and Producer currently responsible for Immersive programming at Tribeca Festival. In 2020-22 Head of Studio at Kaleidoscope. She collaborates with public funds (Creative Europe MEDIA), NGO, universities and business. Former Discovery Group Producer and Director, and Multimedia Lead at the Grand Theatre–National Opera in Warsaw. The author of awarded documentary and VR projects.

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Portrait Gabs Cihan
Portrait Gabs Cihan
Gabs Chihan

Gabriella (Gabs) is cofounder & CCO of the award-winning Austrian applied immersive entertainment studio vrisch, the founder of the XR community XRVienna, Austrian Ambassador of Women in Immersive Tech EU, and a South American momtrepreneur, as well as one of Forbes’s 2018 top 20 EU Women Founders.

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Portrait Agata Di Tommaso
Portrait Agata Di Tommaso
Agata Di Tommaso

Agata Di Tommaso is a festivals manager at the distribution department of Division cinema – a leader in distribution & diffusion of immersive productions. She holds the Bachelor's degree in Cinema of university in her hometown Turin, the Master's degree in Semiotics of University in Bologna (a thesis on the impact of new technologies on exhibitions, from its creation to the visitors’ experience) and the Master in Management of Cultural Goods.

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Portrait Rob Eagle
Portrait Rob Eagle
Rob Eagle
Selection Committee

Dr. Rob Eagle is an immersive media researcher-practitioner, based in Bristol, England. As a Research Fellow at the BFI (British Film Institute) and Associate Researcher in XR Stories at the University of York, Rob is currently investigating how young people in the UK engage with everyday applications of AR for entertainment. Rob is also an Associate Lecturer on the MA Virtual and Extended Realities programme at UWE Bristol.

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Portrait Uta Eberhardt
Portrait Uta Eberhardt
Uta Eberhardt

Uta Eberhardt, professional experience includes production and distribution of film, games and new technologies. Following a Master’s Degree in European Media Politics she started working for Creative Europe MEDIA in 2005. The Creative Europe MEDIA Programme programme supports AV-projects with European dimension and encourages the use of innovative business models and new technologies.

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Portrait Oliver Kadel
Portrait Oliver Kadel
Oliver Kadel

Oliver Kadel is an Emmy-nominated, multi-award-winning sound designer based in London. Since 2014 he’s worked on over 140 projects specialising in spatial and interactive audio for new generation immersive media for virtual training, 360 films, games and immersive location-based entertainment. Currently, Oliver is undertaking his PhD program at the AudioLab, University of York, doing research in Spatial Psychoacoustics focusing on assessing the impact of spatial and interactive audio on cognitive load and information retention in virtual training.

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Portrait Sönke Kirchhof
Portrait Sönke Kirchhof
Sönke Kirchhof

As the founder and CEO of INVR.SPACE GmbH and reallifefilm Sönke Kirchhof has been involved in more than 500 projects. Having worked in the field of documentary filmmaking and XR documentaries for more than a decade, Sönke has produced astonishing documentaries such as Kusunda, Ernst Grube, Blended Isolations and African Space Makers.

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Portrait Che Lin
Portrait Che Lin
Che Lin

Che Lin is a scholar and curator focusing on new media and multi-reality world exploration. She holds a Ph.D from Peking University, and teaches at Communication University of China. She has been the curator of Sandbox Immersive Festival (2018-2019) and of Beijing IFF for VR Section. She collaborated with galleries and art spaces such as Serpentine Gallery Summer Pavilion in Beijing, Goethe Institute in Beijing, to curate exhibitions and events featuring XR technology and content.

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Portrait Lina Mitschke
Portrait Lina Mitschke
Lina Mitschke
Selection Committee

Lina Mitschke (M.A.) is an art historian with a special interest in global art history and the decolonization of visual art. Currently her research focuses on contemporary African art. In the past she gave lectures at Kunsthochschule BURG Giebichenstein, TU Chemnitz and Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg about topics like postcolonial theory, modernism and contemporary art.

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Portrait Maxime Montagne
Portrait Maxime Montagne
Maxime Montagne

Having worked for 6 years in the international sales business, Maxime Montagne joined WIDE’s team in 2016 and he is now head of acquisitions and sales. Since then, he also manages the WIDE VR department which was created at the end of 2016 and is one of the leaders in the international distribution of VR Films. Maxime Montagne is also co-founder and producer at 21Juin Cinema where he produced three feature films (Paris Is Us, The World After Us, Roaring 20’s).

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Portrait Fabian Mrongowius
Portrait Fabian Mrongowius
Fabian Mrongowius
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Fabian Mrongowius is an independent producer for all things XR and new media. Through his career, Fabian has worked with many different formats such as VR, AR, volumetric video, metaverse and web3 experiences with diverse partners including content brands, creative agencies or cultural institutions.

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Portrait Piotr Nierobisz
Portrait Piotr Nierobisz
Piotr Nierobisz

Creative technologist, immersive consultant, generative designer, educator, curator, and audiovisual creator. He has 20+ years of experience with crafting interactive experiences – hosted on the web, various screen-based media, around physical space, in virtual immersive environments, and in between. He is based around London and in Meta-spaces, providing creative technology services for interactive agencies, game development companies, artists, film studios, theatres, retail, and public institutions.

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Portrait Michaela Pnacekova
Portrait Michaela Pnacekova
Michaela Pňačeková

Born in former Czechoslovakia, Michaela Pňaček is an award-winning XR artist, producer, and a researcher. She is a PhD candidate and ELIA scholar at Cinema and Media Arts at York University, Toronto. Her focus lies in the ways emerging media impact the real through interaction with algorithmic processes and artificial intelligence.

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Portrait Joanne Popinska
Portrait Joanne Popinska
Joanna Popinska

Dr. Joanne Popinska is a Polish-Canadian award-winning XR filmmaker, documentarian, and sociologist, with a Ph.D. in Film Directing (specialization: VR). Her debut film, The Choice, premiered to acclaim at International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and SXSW, where it won the Audience Award. Using the latest technology and various narrative techniques, she continually explores how to get audiences' attention and evoke empathy and interest from different perspectives.

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Portrait Sadah Espii Proctor
Portrait Sadah Espii Proctor
Sadah Espii Proctor

Sadah Espii Proctor (she/her/Espii) is a composer/sound artist and multimedia director working in theatre, dance, opera, installations, and extended reality. Her work centers around themes of memory and diaspora, social issues, and presence within physical/digital/virtual spaces. Credits include: Direction –  Girl Icon; Design –Finding Pandora X, Alliance XR Culture Gallery, Chronicle X, and Soul Tree Forest. Espii's work has been featured both nationally and internationally in numerous festivals. She is currently a Lecturer at Yale University's David Geffen School of Drama.

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Portrait Mandy Rose
Portrait Mandy Rose
Mandy Rose

Mandy Rose is Professor of Documentary & Digital Cultures at UWE Bristol. Her research examines evolving documentary aesthetics, ethics, and audiences. Mandy is Co-Investigator on the UKRI My World programme, she was Co-Investigator on the EPSRC Virtual Realities: Immersive Documentary Encounters project. She is Co-Convenor of i-Docs.

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Portrait Lars Rummel
Portrait Lars Rummel
Lars Rummel

Lars is a queer curator, networker, community builder for XR. Lars curates exhibitions, conferences, and workshops for several international festivals and institutions. He focuses on XR and playful new media as democratic tools and contributes to the ethics behind it. He explores how XR exhibitions can be seen as new forms of cultural techniques.

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Portrait Julia Scott Stevenson
Portrait Julia Scott Stevenson
Julia Scott Stevenson

Dr Julia Scott-Stevenson is a researcher, producer and curator of interactive and immersive media. At UTS, she is using practice-led research to explore how immersive media might address the climate crisis. Julia produced Privy To, an XR project showcased at CPH:DOX's Inter:Active Exhibition in 2021, and she has published a manifesto for virtual futures.

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Portrait Nim Shapira
Portrait Nim Shapira
Nim Shapira

Nim Shapira is a 2021/2022 fellow at the MIT Open Documentary Lab. He is a 2020 alumni of NEWINC and a graduate of the Biennale College for VR. As an XR filmmaker, Nim focuses on narratives that promote social impact. Nim’s most recent VR film, “Bystanding”, premiered at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival.

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Portrait Allegra Shorto
Portrait Allegra Shorto
Allegra Shorto

Allegra Shorto is Art Director of Khora Contemporary and is based between London and Copenhagen. Her work focuses on establishing Virtual Reality as a widely applied medium within the arts through collaborations with artists and institutions working with new digital technologies.

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Portrait Nataliya Velykanova
Portrait Nataliya Velykanova
Nataliya Velykanova

Nataliya Velykanova is the founder and art director of Gate22 – a Cyber-Museum of Digital Arts in virtual reality. An architect, designer and visual artist, she is a citizen of the world and dreamer too, working to foster imagination in our daily and innovating in the Art and Culture sectors. She is committed to the development of virtual reality and the popularisation of new art forms in France and abroad.

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Portrait Ludovico Vignaga
Portrait Ludovico Vignaga
Ludovico Vignaga

Ludovico Vignaga is an entrepreneur, engineer and designer. He is founder of INTORNO LABS, a company specialized in immersive sound technology and spatial audio tools. He is member of the Academic Board for SAE Institute and post-master Fellow at Berklee College of Music.

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DOK Industry is realised with the support of Creative Europe MEDIA Programme of the European Union, the Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM) and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media upon a Decision of the German Bundestag.
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