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CPH:DOX 2021

CPH:DOX announces its Inter:Active exhibition line-up

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- The online, interactive exhibition features 13 pieces this year, which mix extended reality, film and digital art

CPH:DOX announces its Inter:Active exhibition line-up
Anthropocene in C Major by Jamie Perera, Katharine Round and Leah Borromeo will open this year's Inter:Active programme

The line-up of this year’s Inter:Active exhibition, running from 22 April-2 May during the upcoming CPH:DOX, has been announced. The interactive exhibition, which will be accessible globally, features 13 brand-new pieces that blend extended reality, film and digital art, and which push the boundaries of documentary. The pieces delve deep into the pressing contemporary themes of confinement, climate change, protopian visions and digital identities, and each work will be a live event providing a unique experience to be shared with other festival-goers.

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Tine Fischer, CEO of CPH:DOX, explains: “For CPH:DOX, it has always been important to not only present the best documentaries right now, but also to be curious about how the genre is developing. During the last five years, we have explored the interaction between documentary and new technology in the Inter:Active programme, which has had a special focus on artistic development within virtual reality. This year, Inter:Active will not be a physical exhibition; instead, we will explore how digital art, extended reality and documentary can merge into a brand-new interactive and digital live format. All of the works can be experienced online, and gather our international and national audiences together for unique, live experiences.”

Some of the highlights of the selection include the opening presentation of Anthropocene in C Major, which will be held on Earth Day (22 April), and which is a new form of live-performance documentary, re-imagining 12,000 years of human influence on the Earth as a 40-minute symphony of sound and image. Project Immerse looks into deepfakes, conspiracy theories and group dynamics, and is a collaborative, paranoia-driven thriller that takes the QAnon far-right conspiracy theory as its starting point and explores the nature of misinformation, radicalisation and deception while dragging the audience into a real true-crime experience.

Also, some works in the Inter:Active selection are made by artists who have participated in CPH:LAB, CPH:DOX’s talent development programme that encourages creative risk-taking and supports visionaries as they push the existing boundaries of documentary filmmaking. The pieces were made during lockdown and explore the theme of protopian visions: the hope for a better tomorrow.

Mark Atkin, Inter:Active curator and CPH:LAB head of studies, offers his insight: “I’m particularly thrilled with this year’s programme, where all works are examples of a rapidly developing new genre of live documentary. No two performances are the same. Living through lockdown, it is more crucial than ever to bring people together. By making each of our events live, we are dissolving the barriers between artists and audience, and allowing people to interact with each other while participating in the work.”

Here is CPH:DOX’s Inter:Active 2021 line-up, ordered by theme:

Climate Change
Anthropocene in C Major - Jamie Perera, Katharine Round, Leah Borromeo (UK)
Camp Century - Anrick Bregman (UK/Denmark)

Confinement
Exposed - Sharon Daniel (USA)
Those Left Waiting - Michael Beets, Christian Pazzaglia (Australia)

Digital Identities
In My Own Skin - Illlya Szilak, Cyril Tsiboulski, Loise Braganza, Tagger Yancey IV (USA/India)
Privy To - Michelle Leddon, Julia Scott-Stevenson, Liz Steininger, Jason J Snell (Australia/Germany/USA)
Project Immerse - Lance Weiler (USA)

Protopian Visions
Connections - No One Is an Island - Suvi Andrea Helminen, Ulrik Gutkin, Kasper Bøttcher (Denmark/Finland)
Kvöldvaka - Dane Christensen, Carol Dalrymple, Barna Szász (Denmark/Hungary/USA)
MIMIC - Reid Hannaford, Danielle Sheli Levy, Arthur Choi (Canada/South Korea/USA)
The Smallest of Worlds: A Social Landscape of Collected Privacy - Uwe Brunner, Bettina Katja Lange, Joan Soler-Adillon (Austria/Germany/Spain)
Sonic Cellumonials - Baum & Leahy, Sofie Birch, Greg Orrom Swan (Denmark/UK)
Symbiotica - Natalia Cabrera, Juan Ferrer, Sebastián González (Chile)

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