As the intersection of art and technology grows more crowded, the Sundance Institute showcases a curated collection of cutting-edge independent experimental media works from creators pushing the artistic development of new mediums such as VR, AR, mixed reality (MR), and AI.
Two Swiss projects, Elastic Time by Imverse SA and Mark Boulos, and VR_I from Cie Gilles Jobin and Artanim, will be presented alongside an international selection of groundbreaking VR and Mixed-Reality projects at the festival. Elastic Time and VR_I are presented with support from Pro Helvetia and swissnex San Francisco with matchmaking by DART 17 and Engagement Migros.
A mixed-reality interactive documentary about space-time narrated by astronomer Tony Stark (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), Elastic Time includes a real-time hologram of your body integrated into the observatory room. Using controllers, you bend space and time to your will, creating black holes, wormholes, and time portals. The project was created and produced by Imverse (Robin Mange and Javier Bello Ruiz) and was written and directed by Mark Boulos. This interactive documentary has been created using state-of-the-art technology developed at Imverse SA, a spin-off from EPFL, developing software and providing services for photorealistic Mixed Reality content creation. Imverse is currently in the DART 17 testing lab hosted at swissnex SF.
VR_I is a 100% virtual dance piece in which five spectators are immersed, in real time, within a virtual space. Immersive and contemplative, the performance invites viewers (or rather their avatars) to follow their own point of view. This unique installation addresses our perception of reality and our ability to adapt instantly to possible worlds—worlds that we accept as long as they meet certain criteria of our reality. VR_I is a Swiss-made performance from Cie Gilles Jobin and Artanim. Both non-profit organisations operate in the Canton of Geneva. A pioneer in its field, Artanim has created a unique, spectacular and innovative system which ranks as a leader in virtual reality technology, while Cie Gilles Jobin has been producing original artistic content recognised across the world for 20 years.
Video: Elastic Time
Screen Image from VR_I courtesy of Cie Gilles Jobin and Artanim.