The Industry

The Industry VR / Interactive / Podcast Series

The Netherlands is the number one drugs country in Europe. Weed is in our genes, coke enters the country through the harbours, and XTC is as Dutch as chocolate sprinkles. How is it possible that in a regulated country like the Netherlands drug can be produced and traded on such a large scale? The The Industry offers an insight into this billion euro industry.

In the The Industry we map  The Industry is a documentary project that exist out of a VR Experience,  interactive documentary, radio doc and podcast series in which the Dutch drug networks are mapped and weed growers, coke kingpins and drugs traffickers are introduced.

Read mere about the project here: www.vpro.nl/programmas/de-industrie.html
The broadcasts are also available as a podcast series via vpro.nl/deindustriepodcast.

Produced by Submarine Channel & the VPRO

Article

In 2017 Mirka published an article on the development in collaboration with Hartmut Koenitz: Beyond The Timeline a Data-Driven Interface For Interactive Documentary 

Abstract
In this paper, we present work on the data-driven interface for The Industry, an interactive documentary in development about the Dutch illicit drug industry. The motivation for the work was to provide a more complete overview of a highly complex matter using a form of interactive digital narratives (IDN). As it is with many complex issues, news reports on illegal drugs in the Netherlands are mostly fragmented and reactive, which makes it difficult for audiences to gain a good understanding of the topic. The approach starts by obtaining big-data sets from police and media. On this foundation, a narrative interface will be designed. This paper reports on the iterative design approach, and interface metaphors, on the lessons learned and the current state of affairs. Our intent with this paper is to fuel a discussion on narrative representations of complexity.