The ones who joined #rpTEN remember the labore:tory. In 2017 we will have something special for you. Last year we have introduced this experimental space to focus on the intersection of culture, technology and society. While keeping this focus we expand the concept to incorporate VR, AR, games, video and art installations as well as workshops and a community corner, where social organisations will showcase their work and “Love Out Loud” for refugees, diversity and against hate speech, for example.

The labore:tory is the playground of re:publica, where attendees interact, play, and get inspired by innovators who are leading the way in using their creativity and current technologies to spread their love for causes they care about.

Over three days, the labore:tory will host four floors including two stages with talks, Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality exhibitions, art installations and workshops as well as some fun surprise actions that will make you fall in love with this space.

  • Love Out Loud
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    What are the benefits of using new technologies in our activism? How can virtual reality be used in campaigning and to which effect? Which techniques are more effective than others in advocating social causes? The presentation aims to answer those and similar questions, and to provide insights into the methodology of the work behind the organization Animal Equality.
  • sub:marine
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    The development of virtual ecosystems with agent-based modelling approaches allows to study their trajectories under different scenario settings. For coral reefs this facilitates analysing the impact of different management options or environmental change scenarios. Including these models into immersive virtual reality applications allows to change the system settings (e.g. environmental impacts) and to directly perceive any according changes on its functioning.
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    Motherboard lädt zum munteren Fake News-Raten: In unserer Spielshow kriegen unsere Kandidaten mehrere fast unglaubliche Geschichten in Form von Facebook-Posts vorgesetzt und müssen dann entscheiden, ob die Story eine Ente ist und welches Medium die Nachricht verbreitet hat. Zu Beginn des Spiels hat jeder Kandidat fünf Knetfigur-Leben. Nach jeder falschen Antwort verlieren die Teilnehmer eine Figur, die von unserer unerbittlichen Hydraulikpresse (Modell Lügenpresse™) zermalmt wird.
  • Love Out Loud
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    Cinema is voyeuristic in essence. Only when we watch movies it is ok to stare at a face, study all the details of a body and want to see all the details of lovemaking. In virtual reality, this goes a step further as your audience is put inside the action. This talk explores the reasons why we crave watching other people’s most intimate moments and how this can be translated into the immersive world of virtual reality using the erotic VR experience “Viens!” as an example.
  • Arts & Culture
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    Li Alin is an interdisciplinary artist presenting art works questioning evolution strategies and human reproduction. In this talk she presents her body of work Enter Me Tonight (EMT), which questions the patronizing of human reproduction by patriarchal societies.
  • Love Out Loud
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    How do we speed up the machine that makes our dreams come true? Much has been written about the power of focusing our enormous energy to affect a specific outcome. I have experienced this repeatedly in my life. And believe it's available to all of us. Join me as I share how I painted my wife, children and successful art career into existence. And take action to make YOUR desires real.
  • Arts & Culture
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    In this session filmmakers Micah Garen and Treasa O'Brien look at non-fiction storytelling in an age of ubiquitous digital device and platforms. The discussion will be moderated by Julia von Cube.
  • Arts & Culture
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    How can VR be used to combat censorship in oppressive regimes and what are the challenges of VR documentary storytelling in the future
  • Science Fiction
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    We are sensory beings, constantly taking in information to form our perception of the world around us. Yet our major forms of storytelling often only speak to our eyes and our ears. The Feelies creates multisensory VR content that speaks to all your senses, and is working on how this can be used for social cohesion and more empathetic, emotive storytelling.
  • Love Out Loud
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    „Representation matters!“ – für queere Webserien-Projekte von funk war das von Anfang an klar – in der Story, auf dem Screen und am Set. In unserem Panel teilen wir Erfahrungen und Erkenntnisse aus unserer Arbeit. Von der Konzeption der Storys, über das Casting bis zum Dreh. Über unerwartete Hürden, Verzweiflung und Hoffnung.
  • This year, the labore:tory will be re:publica’s playground where attendees interact, play, and get inspired by creative innovators. 

  • Science Fiction
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    Science Fiction-AutorInnen haben die meisten Technologien der letzten Jahrzehnte erfunden und vorhergesagt. Und sie sind diejenigen, die neue Ideen für das Zusammenleben in Gesellschaften entwickeln. Sie treibt die Lust am Spielen, Ausprobieren und der Aufbau neuer Welten. Inzwischen verpflichten Unternehmen wie Microsoft Science Fiction-AutorInnen, um ihre Produkte in sinnvolle gesellschaftliche Szenarios hinein zu entwickeln.