If you are going to the festival January 19-29, 2017, check out this work in the New Frontier section.
Slamdance Digital, Interactive & Gaming
Slamdance DIG is a new program from the Slamdance Film Festival dedicated to emerging independent artists working in new, hybrid and immersive forms of digital media art. If your work pushes, breaks, or defies the boundaries of storytelling through digital media in any way, we would like to see it. We are primarily interested in a diversity of form and content. If you think your work fits, it likely does.
Artists are encouraged to submit either works in progress or completed projects for consideration. From these submissions, judges will program a showcase that will open in Los Angeles, California in 2015. Selected final works will also have the opportunity to exhibit at the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
The 2016 edition of New Frontier at the Festival includes three feature films and a live performance, as well as 30 VR experiences and eleven installations in the more than 10,000-square-foot exhibition, taking place at multiple venues: Park City’s historic Claim Jumper, The Gateway, a large-scale installation on Swede Alley by Chris Milk and a performance by Gingger Shankar at Festival Base Camp Presented by Canada Goose. In addition to a physical exhibition at the Festival, audiences everywhere will be able to experience more than 20 virtual reality pieces on mobile VR headsets. This year’s Festival will also include a program of New Frontier short films to be announced at a later date.
Since its inception, the New Frontier program has showcased and advanced the work of artists and technologists working together to push the boundaries of storytelling, which have included Doug Aitken, Jennifer Steinkamp, Aaron Koblin, Pipilotti Rist, James Franco, Nonny de la Peña and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The 10 New Frontier exhibitions since 2007 chronicle new media growth and advancements, including the progression of story-based, virtual reality-enabled experiences, which are viewed by many as the next big thing in film and entertainment. The VR headset first showcased in New Frontier at the 2012 Festival with Nonny de la Peña’s Hunger in Los Angeles morphed months later into the Oculus Rift prototype.
Coming Summer 2016 to Pleasant Grove, Utah
We live in an age where endless entertainment options exist at our fingertips, yet we still have a real need to get out of the house and share new experiences with our friends and family. At THE VOID you will walk into new dimensions and experience worlds without limits. From fighting intergalactic wars on alien planets, to casting spells in the darkest of dungeons, THE VOID presents the Future of Entertainment. Only limited by imagination, our advanced Virtual-Reality technologies allow you to see, move, and feel our digital worlds in a completely immersive and realistic way. Our Virtual Entertainment Centers (VECs) are coming to major cities throughout North and South America, Asia, Europe and Australia. More than watching a movie or playing a game … in THE VOID you will live an adventure.
When you walk into a place called “The Leonardo” you can only expect to find art, in all its forms, covering every inch of the place. The Hylozoic Veil, the only piece in the museum you can see from every floor, even permeates the air.
This incredibly unique three-story piece is an immersive, responsive environment that combines physics, chemistry, sculpture, engineering, and even hints of artificial life (but not the spooky kind).
It was created by Phillip Beesley, who we consider to be a modern-day Leonardo da Vinci, so excuse us for a second while we contain our excitement!
(breathe) Ok, we’re good.
The Hylozoic Veil was created with the ability to react to its environment, and it’s movement is captivating—almost like it’s submerged in water. The arms move in reaction to temperature increases and decreases, while proximity sensors trigger circuits to cause parts of the installation to move if it senses that someone or something is too close. (Is that cool or what?) The Hylozoic Veil combines art, science, technology, and physics, making it the perfect addition to The Leonardo.
The Hylozoic Veil was created to help us understand the relationship between all living things here on earth. This amazing creation combines physics, chemistry, art, and engineering to mimic natural systems, and paves way for responsive architecture of the future!
Staff Tip: Watch the installation move from below, or head on up to the 2nd floor and get a little closer to one of the arms. See if it will react. Try softly blowing warm air on it. Does it coil?
When you first walk in to The Leonardo, you’re met with the Leo Lobby at you’re right, and a giant, suspended dinosaur-looking spiny thing to your left. That dinosaur spiny thing is called Dynamic Performance of Nature (DPON) and is one of the most interesting pieces within our four walls.
Made up of 172 “fins,” the DPON was created by Brian Brush and Yong Ju Lee of E/B Office. The fins are made from recycled HDPE plastic embedded with nearly 2,000 solar-powered LEDs capable of dispaying millions of different colors representing everything from climate monitoring to earth quake activity around the world.
While captivated by all the pretty colors, you wouldn’t even realize that you’re seeing representations of climate changes throughout the world. Environmental sensors from sources throughout The Leonardo itself, the city, and the entire planet, feed real-time information to the DPON.
Everything from temperature, wind, humidity, and even cloudiness is represented in the array of flashing lights. It even displays seismic activity from anywhere in the world on a distorted global map. Talk about dynamic.
The best part about the DPON is that it’s interactive. By tweeting to @LeoArtWall, you can give the DPON color commands or tweet the name of a city and then watch as the DPON gives you a Pink Floyd worthy display of the world around you. You can even follow exactly what tweets it’s responding to on the crowd-facing monitors below it.
Staff Tip: Tweet the name of your favorite city to @LeoArtWall and DPoN will display the weather from that location or just tweet a color and watch the display change to reflect your desire.
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New Frontier at Sundance Film Festival
With the goal of presenting truly original visions to audiences while pushing the boundaries of storytelling, New Frontier showcases media installations, multimedia performances, panel discussions, and more each year in an open social setting at Sundance Film Festival.
The New Frontier program is curated around the idea of expanding and illuminating the human story through the embrace, exhibition, and experience of storytelling at the crossroads of film, art and new media technologies. New Frontier brings bold innovative works from around the world to the film festival audiences in Park City, drawing together a diverse collection of creative figures – from film, art, design, performance, technology – under one roof to celebrate and provoke.
Visibility, Data, and the Monitoring Gaze
Panopticon meaning to observe (-opticon) all (pan-), is a metaphor encapsulating the numerous forms of surveillance used to watch and normalize social behavior. This exhibition investigates systems of observation utilized to record our daily lives through the deployment of both physical and invisible panoptic structures.
Shin Seung Back and Kim Yong Hun, Erik Brunvand, Mahwish Chishty, Paolo Cirio, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Willie Doherty, Constant Dullaart, Pablo Garcia, Adam Harvey, Leopold Kessler, Jonas Lund, Kate McQuillen, Trevor Paglen, Evan Roth, Addie Wagenknecht