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Can a documentary be shot and directed entirely by robots?

Cubie – the cutie documentary robot – plans to kickstart meaningful relationship with human beings and create the world’s first documentary shot entirely by a robot! But how personal can we get with Cubie?

The chances of running into a fleet of curious robots at a film festival usually range from slim to none. Not the case at IDFA DocLab, where experimental filmmaker Brent Hoff and artist Alexander Reben stood behind a table full of little robots, asking people to help with their experiment.

The goal is to get random people to spend time with Cubie, answering (very personal) questions to a sad, E.T-sounding robot. But even more than that, Reben shares that this experiment attempts to examine how people relate to robots.

"I'm curious to see how the interaction between people and robots will be, since there are more and more robots present in our daily lives. That's why I programmed all these personal questions into Cubie. I don't expect people to answer all the questions, but I am curious how far they will go and how they will respond to the questions. And how personal and intimate will they be?

CREDITS: Director: Katy Yudin, Camera: Pierre Rezus, Editor: Anneke de Lind van Wijngaarden, Sound: Pierre Rezus, A production by Submarine Channel 2012

Recorded at the IDFA DocLab Expanding Documentary exhibition at De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam


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