Storytelling is central to everything we do. Humans have been telling stories around campfires and kitchen tables from time immemorial.

Doc Edge Exhibition 2021 showcases 12 new forms of extended reality storytelling from around the world using mindblowing digital technology.

Our kaupapa is to present new immersive worlds where audiences can participate and experience storytelling.

The XR exhibition will be held at a physical venue as an extension alongside the film festival screenings at SkyCity Theatre,  The Civic in Auckland and The Roxy and Te Auaha in Wellington.  The exhibition will present three XR formats – Interactive, Installation, 180 & 360 VR, to a total of 12 projects as per schedule below

XR Interactive
SkyCity Theatre Foyer, Auckland | 10am–10pm until Sunday 6 June, 10am–7pm Monday 7 June
Te Auaha Gallery, Wellington | 12pm–6pm | Tuesday 22 – Saturday 26 June

XR Installation
The Civic, Elephant Room, Auckland | 10am–10pm | 10–13 June
Te Auaha Gallery, Wellington | 12pm–6pm | Tuesday 22 – Saturday 26 June

XR 180 & 360 VR
Sky City Theatre Foyer, Auckland | 10am–10pm until Sunday 6 June, 10am–7pm Monday 7 June
Te Auaha Gallery, Wellington | 12pm–6pm | Tuesday 22 – Saturday 26 June

XR Interactive

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African Space Makers

Director: Vincenzo Cavallo Faras and TheNrbBus Collective
Country: Kenya Year: 2020
Duration: 50 minutes
Award/Festival: Venice Film Festival 2020, Lumiere Awards Stereopsia 2020, XR MUST Award 2020
Language: English
Category: Interactive XR

“The only way to understand urban storytelling is by experiencing it”

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Camp Century

Director : Anrick Bregman
Producer : Ove Jensen
Writer : Nicole Paglia
Country : United Kingdom, Denmark, United States
Year : 2020
Duration: 15 min
Award/Festival: CPH:DOX 2021, IDFA DocLab 2020
Language: English
Category: Interactive XR

Nowhere is climate change more visible than in the arctic. And as the ice melts, part of Greenlands complex past is quite literally coming to the surface. Join us for scheduled hosted tours where the director takes you through the experience as a virtual live guide through Camp Century.

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Minimum Mass

Director: Raqi Syed, Areito Echevarria
Country: New Zealand, France, United States
Year: 2020
Duration: 20 minutes
Award/Festival: Tribeca 2020, Cannes XR Virtual 2020, Venice VR expanded, winner: Annecy Cristal for Best VR
Language: English
Category: Interactive XR

Love, loss, and black holes. Minimum Mass is the story of couple who experience a series of miscarriages and come to believe their children are being born in another dimension. Set in contemporary Rotorua, New Zealand and the speculative world of black holes.

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Secret Garden

Director: Stephanie Dinkins
Country: USA
Year: 2020
Duration: 20 minutes
Award/Festival: Sundance 2021, New Frontier 2021
Language: English
Category: Interactive XR

Step into a garden and encounter oral histories spanning generations of African Americans. Secret Garden reminds us that sharing and receiving stories is an act of resistance. 

For online event or information, you find the project here at https://secretgarden.stephaniedinkins.com

XR Installation

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CoVisions

Filmmakers: Ryan Ackland (UK), Nour Akiki (Lebanon), Josh Ben-Moshe (Australia), Laura Chatenay-Rivauday (Martinique), Siyi Chen (China), Lénie Cohen (France), Stephanie Crawford (USA), Rosa Gabbert (Germany), Pierre-Michel Jean (Haiti), Saleh Kashefi (Iran), Yanis Kheloufi (Algeria), James Janilio Mendy (Senegal), Vandana Menon and Debashish Nandi (India), Daniel Miranda (Chile), Yesica Prado (USA), Matthew Tan (Malaysia), Dylan Wang (China)

Curators/Producers: Hervé Cohen, Marcia Jarmel
Country: USA
Year : 2021
Duration: 4-8 minutes per installation x 10 screens
Award/Festival: tbc
Language: English
Category: Installation XR
Status: World Premiere

Young voices in the time of Corona. CoVISIONS is a collection of short films by young filmmakers across five continents curated as an interactive installation and immersive exhibition across 10 screens.

XR 180 & 360 VR

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Ecosphere Supercut

Director: Joseph Purdan, Trent Clews de Castella
Country: Australia
Year: 2021
Duration: 8 minutes
Award/Festival: Melbourne Design Awards 2020
Language: English
Category: VR180

Venture into the wildest places on earth, where indigenous and community-led efforts are creating space for humanity and wildlife to thrive together.

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Micro Monsters with David Attenborough Supercut

Director: Elliot Graves
Country: United Kingdom
Year: 2020
Duration: 8 min
Award/Festival: Real World XR Awards
Language: English
Category: VR180

David Attenborough uses the latest 3D technology to bring to life the extreme and deadly unseen world of bugs.

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Embodied

Director: Miriam Ross
Country: New Zealand
Year: 2021
Duration: 10 min
Award/Festival: Premiere
Language: English
Category: VR360

Embodied is an experimental VR documentary that provides glimpses of people whose daily work is intensely physical: circus artists, performers, musicians. It allows us into the spaces they inhabit, showing the immense bodily labour they endure in contrast to the seemingly effortless way they carry their bodies.

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Gimmie One

Director: Monty Fitzgerald
Country: United Kingdom
Year: 2020
Duration: 20 min
Award/Festival: DOK Leipzig 2020
Language: English
Category: VR360

GIMME ONE is a 360 virtual reality experience showcasing five UK ballroom artists as they explore ideas around cultural appropriation, empowerment and safe space. Their self-expression is seen through dance using digital volumetric and motion capture techniques, visualising the unique voices of this vibrant subculture.

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Haenyeo VR

Director: Jaehee Cho
Country: United States
Year: 2018
Duration: 6 min
Award/Festival: C4C Virtual Festival 2020
Language: English
Category: VR360

Experience the incredible world of the Jeju Haenyeo in VR. Take in the elements from the Haenyeo perspective, and dive with them as they harvest the sea. Listen to the youngest Haenyeo as she describes her work, community and identity as one of Korea’s amazing Sea Women, a culture battling to define its place in modern Korea.

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The Martha Street Experience

Director : Peter Collis
Country: United Kingdom
Year: 2020
Duration: 12 min
Award/Festival: Australasia Premiere, LFF Expanded 2020
Language: English
Category: VR360

The Martha Street Virtual Reality Experience explores the perspectives of local residents, parents and business-owners, as they express their fears, frustration and endearment with Martha Street, East London.

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TX reverse 360°

Director: Virgil Widrich, Martin Reinhart
Country: Austria, Germany
Year: 2019
Duration: 5 min
Award/Festival: Sundance 2020
Language: n/a
Category: VR360

What is behind the cinema screen? It is not surprising that cinema-in-the-cinema scenes are often used in horror films. For they irritate and unsettle by reminding us – the immobile viewers hidden in the cosy darkness – of our own questionable position.