The New Frontiers section of the Sundance 2022 Film Festival will be presented both in person – in a new venue in Park City – and remotely via a VR platform, the Sundance Institute announced today.
Sundance’s new indoor venue, The Craft, will have free access from the festival opening on January 20 to January 25, hosting a series of special public events and allowing artists to meet around the present and future of their practice. Returning to Virtual Space The Spaceship will be accessible worldwide via a laptop or virtual reality headset from January 20 to 28, allowing registered users around the world to engage in the official New Frontier series. It will include a gallery showcasing the full range of XR (Extended Reality) works, along with a Cinema House and a virtual social space called the Film Party, which will also host a planned Artist Spotlights series and movie premiere party, bringing cinematographers along with the internet public.
This year, Sundance and the creative studio Active Theory will unveil a series of upgrades to The Spaceship’s functionality and accessibility, which will allow those entering the space remotely to connect with those on the ground at the festival, through a human scale. Biodigital Bridge. This year the Spaceship is accessible to all holders of the festival’s Explorer pass.
The Egyptian Theater will also present some New Frontier performances (which take place simultaneously at The Spaceship) through live, hybrid events. Tickets are required, with packages available for purchase on December 17th and individual tickets will be available on January 5th.
“From the earliest stages of ’22 planning, we have focused on access and lessons learned from previous repetitions. “After the ’21 festival, we realized that presenting the work online took one of the hottest, most inaccessible experiences of previous festivals and made it instantly and globally accessible to anyone with the right technology,” said Shari Frilot. Senior Programmer and New Frontier Chief Curator. “” New Frontier this year prioritizes bio-digital design as a very adventurous endeavor and an effort that speaks to the priorities of its creators, artists and audience. “
Sundance’s New Frontier division was released in 2007 and is dedicated to promoting multimedia storytelling, art installations and bio-digital representations using emerging technologies such as virtual reality, tactile technology and artificial intelligence, among other tools. The program is supported by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Unity, Adobe, Dell Technologies, Rally, Metaplex Studios and Canon USA, Inc.
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