SPATIAL CREATION, IMMERSIVE STORYTELLNG, UX DESIGN – EUROPE’S EXCLUSIVE LABS ARE AN INSPIRING SANDBOX FOR CREATIVE MINDS AND VISIONARY ARTISTS TO EXPLORE THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT PREPARE THE SOIL FOR FUTURE NARRATIVES.
European Creators' Lab - Review 2022
THE EUCL IS TRAVELING ACROSS EUROPE!
Exchange ideas, collaborate with other participants from a global community, share knowledge, and learn from the leading storytellers, creative technologists, XR makers and producers how they create their magic.
Our labs are unique in their methodology, approach and implementation. We prepare an inspiring, protected and non-competitive space for creatives in the deep conviction that innovation thrives best in a multi-disciplinary environment.
We help to understand the new grammar, the paradigm shift in storytelling, catch up with the international level, and network closely within Europe. With the EUCL, we support talents, professionals, and the immersive media ecosystem.
Head of the European Creators’ Lab
Astrid works as consultant for digital and immersive storytelling. With a background as producer for international feature films and more than one decade of experience in training and talent coaching, her live revolves around storytelling and the future of narration. Astrid is a passionate networker and supporter of the European XR community. She started the European Creators’ Lab in 2017 and since then is its head.
In 2022, she founded her company IONDA GmbH, a consultancy for analogue, digital and immersive storytelling.
Head of Studies
Mads Damsbo is a creative producer focused on developing new narratives, utilizing new technology; provoking unexpected emotions and experiences in diverse audiences. Schooled as a Producer from the progressive filmschool Super16 and with a bachelor in Media Directing from the Danish School of Media and Journalism, Mads has since become an expert on the production of immersive media narratives, giving lectures, organizing workshops and teaching masterclasses all around the world.
Mads has always found himself at the creative bleeding-edge in the development of new media experiences. His experience in filmmaking and storytelling combined with a passion for new technology, art and design has spurred a variety of progressive projects that seek to challenge the way good stories come to life and allow audiences to explore the immersive storytelling world. As the founder of Makropol he has raised over 5 million € and started several new companies, including the app startup Recho that won the prestigious Venture Cup in 2015 and the deep learning Kaspar AI a company focused on using AI to co-create audiovisual storytelling.
Mads’ work includes The Doghouse (2014) – a first- person film installation screened at Festival Nouveau Cinema, NYFF, Cannes NEXT and The Future of Storytelling in New York; The Shared Individual (2016) – a collective VR experience premiering at Idfa DocLab; and Doom Room (2017) – a mixed reality VR performance that was highlighted at Sheffield Docfest and Rotterdam International Film Festival. Recently he produced The Shadow and End Of Night, that won for best Immersive Narrative in Venice.
Currently Mads is producing selected immersive projects including the worlds first feature film written by an AI, acting as Head of Studies at the European Creators Lab and working as CEO and creative producer at Kaspar AI.
Head of Communications
With more than 27+ years of experience in broadcast, communication, immersive content creation and with his former position, knowhow and network as Head of PiXii Festival and Head of Innovation at Sunny Side of the Doc, Stéphane Malagnac brings together storytelling, production and distribution knowledges in the fields of XR and Heritage.
Former chief editor in various French professional printed and online media, he’s collaborating now as free-lancer consultant about international events, with mentoring actions, communication strategies and conferences' organizations.
Julia works as an event and project manager based in Leipzig. Combining her two passions - film and culture - she specializes in the fields of art festivals and media labs as well as film production.
With her ambition and ability to create fruitful creative environments, she already partnered up with various festivals and production companies such as European Creators Lab, DOK Leipzig, Werkleitz e.V., In Good Company GmbH and Saxonia Media.
Visual Consulting and Design
Rose Pistola is a creative office based in Munich. It serves clients from different sectors, like publishing houses, cultural institutions and medium-sized companies. The team consisting of art directors offers a wide range of services: conception, creative and art direction, design, typography, illustration, film, animation and 3D. The office works in a very conceptual and content-driven manner. See more at www.rosepistola.de
The EUCL is organized by IONDA GmbH, in cooperation with Pôle PIXEL, and the Office for the Economic Development of the City of Leipzig, as well as the Games & XR Verband Mitteldeutschland e.V., co-funded by the Creative Europe Media Programme of the European Union.