Every year, the New Frontiers exhibition and program at the Sundance Film Festival highlights the best in new storytelling technologies, from interactive experiences, immersive installations and performances to a whole new generation of films.
For the third time in a row, Swiss projects have been selected for the program.
Benjamin Muzzin, Full Turn
Full Turn explores the notion of the third dimension in a novel approach to breaking the frame of a typical flat screen. The solution on display is a machine that rotates two screens, placed back to back, creating a three-dimensional animated sequence viewable at 360 degrees, unlike any other type of screen. Due to the persistence of vision, the shapes appear on the screen as kinetic light sculptures. Animated figures seem to float in the air, like one single intangible bright stream evolving through time. Artist Benjamin Muzzin’s work mainly consisted in exploring and experimenting with different devices for displaying images, trying to give to animations volume in space. Since graduating in 2013 from the ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne in Switzerland, he has exhibited work worldwide in places such as Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Lyon, and Miami. His work focuses on leaving the usual frame of the flat screen.
A Normal Working Day
The choreographers and dancers Delgado Fuchs (Marco Delgado and Nadine Fuchs) and the installation artist Zimoun make up the collective A Normal Working Day. Formed from the bodies of the performers, these splendidly hypnotic single-channel projections are visual rabbit holes that shimmer with a presence larger than the sum of their parts. The two performers’ bodies are the main component in their creations, whether they are physically present and/or reproduced by elements and systems. A huge database is created, containing hundreds of digital characters, which are then used to transform space and objects. Their work offers a wide range of associations and connections to the world around us, with its share of human absurdity, cultures and illusions.
Photos courtesy of the artists.