If our urban social realities are oppressive, to what extent can fiction and fabrication provide us with alternative, empowering narratives about life? With their smartphones, students use documentary film production as a form of experimental critical fiction and speculative fiction that affectively changes in the era of coronavirus. Dok.urban is an initiative of the Institute for Theater, Film and Media Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt and the Department of Culture & Media of the Faculty of Social Work at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (FUAS), with support from the Hessian Film and Media Academy (hFMA).
Igor Karim is a filmmaker, anthropologist and teacher at the Institute for Theater, Film and Media Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt. His artistic research deals with the crossovers between fact and fiction, truth and fantasy in documentary film, and had his work screened in festivals and venues in Brazil, Germany, France, Austria, Greece and Romania. Raul Gschrey is an artist, curator and lecturer at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences. He investigates the phenomenon of visual surveillance as well as artistic subversions. He has done projects with museums, galleries and in public space, including the platform "Mautgalerie für zeitgenössische Kunst" in Frankfurt & Mainz.