In this, the first in a short series of talks brought to you by StartSpace in collaboration with Frame Documentary, two leading professionals in immersive storytelling discuss their work and how technology is informing the stories we tell about our place in the world.

Guest speakers Karim Ben Khelifa (Berlin, Germany) and David Oppenheim (Toronto, Canada) will discuss their award winning immersive works with an audience Q & A to follow.

Can Technology Make Us Human?

  • Date: Monday 27 February
  • Time: 5.30pm-7.00pm
  • Venue: StartSpace Ground Floor, held within State Library Victoria
  • Free to attend, registration is essential.

Please note: Auslan interpretation is available on request for StartSpace events. Our staff require two weeks to plan and book this service. If you would like to request Auslan Interpretation, please let us know by Monday 13 February when you register for the event, or email the team to request it: [email protected]

Frame Documentary Talks are supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. David Oppenheim’s participation is supported by the Consulate General of Canada.

About David Oppenheim

David Oppenheim is a Creative Producer and Executive Producer of interactive experiences. At the National Film Board of Canada (2014-2022) his most recent credits included Draw Me Close, Agence, The Book of Distance, Otherly, The Space We Hold and To Kill a Tiger. His productions have won multiple Webby awards, Canadian Screen Awards and a Peabody-Facebook Futures of Media Award, and premiered at major festivals including Venice, Tribeca, Sundance and TIFF. David is a past resident at the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab. He is currently consulting and completing his Masters of Design at OCAD University in Toronto

About Karim Ben Khelifa

Karim Ben Khelifa is an award-winning Belgian-Tunisian trans-disciplinary artist and director, whose documentary storytelling is at the crossroads of art, science and technology. A proponent of cross-pollination that spans disciplines, he has anchored his practice in non-fiction narratives.

He started his career as a war correspondent and photojournalist, on assignment for publication such as Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, Le Monde, Stern, Time Magazine and has traveled to more than 90 countries. He then moved on to work with a variety of immersive media, such as VR and AR.

He is a former fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, an Artist-in-Residence at the OpenDocLab and a Visiting Artist at Center for Arts, Science & Technology, both at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Karim Ben Khelifa is also a lecturer in universities and academic institutions and has been a mentor at numerous conferences and festivals. He is currently an advisory board member of the Center for Advanced Virtuality at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of the Guild of Future Architects.

About Frame Documentary

Frame Documentary is Australia’s first and only organisation dedicated to supporting the next generation of creative minds to enhance documentary storytelling techniques through the use of emerging technologies. The organisation supports creatives across disciplines who are interested in the merger of non-fiction stories with creative technology.