Evening program Thursday 21 May
In his opening Keynote, William Uricchio, professor at MIT and founder of MIT’s Open Documentary Lab, explored today’s visual media landscape through a short history of the future, revealing the turbulent patterns and forgotten lessons from when photography, film and VR were being born.
Marie Berthoumieu is an Interactive Commissioning Editor at Franco-German TV channel ARTE. Projects she has helped realize include Interactive Haiku with the National Film Board of Canada, linking the latest, hasty developments in today’s media to the peace and regularity of haiku poetry.
David Campbell is a writer, professor and producer who analyses visual storytelling and creates new visual stories. Campbell examines the disruption of the media economy and how this transforms the visual economy. As a research consultant to World Press Photo he directed the Multimedia Research Project and the project exploring The Integrity of the Image.
PANEL – DUTCH PUBLISHERS:
Wieland van Dijk heads the online division at NRC Media, with responsibility for their websites and apps. He developed NRCQ, NRC Media’s innovative business website, among others, and is also a member of the board of the NVJ (the Dutch journalists’ association).
Geert-Jan Bogaert is Head of Digital at the department of digital media of Dutch broadcaster VPRO. He also works as a lecturer and consultant. Earlier he worked for 20 years as a journalist and manager at daily newspaper De Volkskrant.
Laurens Verhagen has headed the digital department of daily Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant since 2012. Prior to this, he was editor-in-chief at De Persgroep and NU.nl, among others. De Volkskrant coproduced Refugee Republic, an interactive transmedia documentary by Jan Rothuizen, Dirk Jan Visser and Martijn van Tol.
The (originally Dutch) Photographer Pieter ten Hoopen talked about his development, from photographer to multimedia maker. Recently he completed his project Hungry Horse, a portrait of a remote village in the US with US producer MediaStorm.
Evening program Friday 22 May
Opening words by David Campbell and William Uricchio.
Bjarke Myrthu works at the intersection of technology, media and business. He is the founder and CEO of BLIND SPOT – a next-generation media platform connecting people and content. He also co-founded Magnum In Motion and Storyplanet.
Myrthu shared his experiences of the PhotoStories Masterclass on digital storytelling he gave. He highlighted some results from the participants.
Caspar Sonnen is Head of New Media at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and the founder of the festival’s IDFA DocLab, a pioneering platform for digital and interactive non-fiction, multimedia journalism and virtual reality.
Sonnen provided a showcase of the latest developments in the fields of Virtual Reality (VR) and documentaries online. Including a live skype connection with former war-photographer Karim Ben Khelifa who is making his first VR production called The Enemy.
PANEL- DUTCH PRODUCERS AND CREATORS:
Eefje Blankevoort (Prospektor) talked about the Asylum Machine and Love Radio. Eefje is a co-founder of the journalism production company Prospektor. She writes articles and books and makes (multimedia) documentaries, such as Love Radio and Hidden Wounds, an interactive music documentary.
Kadir van Lohuizen about Via PanAm and the storytelling strategy of agency Noor Images. Kadir is a documentary photographer probably best known for his long-term projects on the seven rivers of the world, the diamond industry and Via PanAm, his striking visual investigation of migration in the Americas, made between 2011 and 2012.
Yaniv Wolf discussed The Last Hijack and Refugee Republic. Yaniv is Publicity/Marketing Manager and Head of Distribution and sales at production company Submarine and Submarine Channel in Amsterdam. Since 2014, he has also been involved as a Creative Producer in interactive documentaries at Submarine Channel.
Robert Overweg is an artist and expert in the field of virtual worlds. He is ‘lead concept and innovation’ at Triple-IT. Robert can be seen as a technology innovator thanks to his extraordinary professional and personal interest in new technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR).
Peter DiCampo is an American documentary photographer whose goal is to contribute with his work to a dialogue on international development and perceptions of Africa. He began his career as a Peace Corps Volunteer and a traditional photojournalist – now, his work seeks to deconstruct that experience.
DiCampo discussed two of his projects: Everyday Africa, a group project that uses Instagram and Life Without Lights, an ongoing multimedia project on the social and economic impact of energy shortages in countries like Ghana, Nepal, Great Britain.
Monique van Dusseldorp moderated the evening programs. She is a freelance conference curator/moderator specialising in media/tech events.