DOK Leipzig 29. Oktober – 4. November 2018
61. Internationales Leipziger Festival für Dokumentar- und Animationsfilm
DOK Leipzig 29 October – 4 November 2018
61st International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
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DOK Neuland

DOK Neuland

Demand the Impossible!

In his essay The Ultimate Display from 1965, Ivan Sutherland formulated the almost prophetic dream of a computer display of reality that creates a perfect illusion of materiality. Films like The Matrix interpreted this as a nightmare, generating a fundamental scepticism of mediated spaces. At the same time, in 2015, hopes were raised that VR was an “empathy machine” that would make us all better human beings. Immersing yourself in other worlds via a headset, however, does not necessarily produce empathy. Today artists are exploring new aspects of immersion and leaving more space for a more complex experience of absorption.


The festival motto Demand the Impossible! serves as the guiding principle of our exhibition of interactive and VR works, too. We are transported to worlds that expand, defamiliarise, distort or temporally bend our present environment. This is where places that exist only in our imagination or in individual perceptions can be made accessible. This year, DOK Neuland focuses on works that turn their users into explorers: not like Neo in the matrix, but like Alice in wonderland.


Exhibited Works

DOK Neuland invites from 30 October to 3 November to discover and experience 12 interactive and VR works. Read more about the DOK Neuland projects



Exhibition design: Paula Gehrmann

Demanding the impossible in an all-too “possible” space: the office. In the heart of Leipzig, our working world presents itself as a fictional dystopia, shaped by ideals of efficiency and maximisation while evoking social phenomena of loneliness and isolation. The works presented by DOK Neuland take a stance and open up a multilayered virtuality that turns out to be not fictional at all, but unequivocally real.



30.10. – 03.11.2018 

12:00 – 20:00



Nikolaistraße 23



Free entry (first come first serve)


New! Reservations

Reserve a time slot free of charge for one of our VR-Experiences (slots available between 12:00-14:00 and 19:00-20:00).

Reservations can be made during opening hours in the exhibition for the same and the following day.


DOK Neuland Coordinator

Lars Rummel

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DOK Neuland is supported by ARTE.


DOK Neuland is part of the DOK Nachwuchs programme and realised in cooperation with the SLM.