LAist @ Sundance 2011: New Frontier w/ Digital Bugs, Wilderness Downtown, Johnny Cash, Pandemic, Three's Company (The Drama)
New Frontier at Sundance is a three-building campus of multimedia narratives curated by festival senior programmer, Shari Frilot, as an experimental answer to an evolving storytelling landscape. Some of those interpretations come in the shape of Three's Company as a drama, digital bugs that seek low ground in a sandbox, steam holograms, Star Trek-like Pandemic mapping, and Google-powered music videos that allow you write your younger self a message on a post card embedded with seeds that if planted, will sprout a birch tree.
Located at the historic and haunted Miners Hospital, New Frontier isn't so much "art at Sundance," rather, a three-dimensional opportunity to interact with, and in some cases, influence, the story itself. "The Liberated Pixel," serves as as theme for the installation of installations, and also as a way to understand how our collective modern experiences of electronic gadgetry affect lifestyle and behavior.
Notes Frilot in her curatorial statement, "The fundamental building block of the modern cinematic image -- the pixel -- was originally designed as an illuminated point of light that works in tandem with thousands of others to create a reflective medium for image and narrative on a proscenium screen. Today the pixel has been liberated from this fixed broadcasting format to assume three-dimensional realities in time and space."