Slamdance Announces 2016 Lineup for DIG Festival

The eight immersive submissions for the December festival have been revealed.

Several months ago VRFocus reported on Slamdance Film Festival expanding its virtual reality (VR) section as part of the event’s Digital, Interactive, & Gaming (DIG) program. Now the organisers have announced the lineup featuring cutting edge work from eight emerging artists.

These projects include a virtual reality (VR) music sandbox, reality blurring installation-based videogames, and an interactive dance experience that rewards movement and dancing with real-time animations.

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“DIG’s purpose is to explore the landscape of storytelling and our program this year shows how a group of emerging artists are shaping its future,” said Peter Baxter, President and co-founder of Slamdance. “Our curation is coming from the core of what Slamdance is about: an open, DIY aesthetic involving alumni—artists themselves—who are committed to talent development on a local and international level.”

Being showcased at DIG are:

  • 3VR (THREE² x 3P2:VR) by FLOAT (Kate Parsons and Ben Vance) – an interactive virtual journey heightened by optical illusions and atmospheric audio, spherical hybrids act as portals as the viewer navigates through simulated aural space to an original score by Kid606.
  • Bad News by Expressive Intelligence Studio Design (James Ryan, Ben Samuel, Adam Summerville) – an installation-based game that combines procedural generation, deep simulation, and live performance.
  • Infinit-O, a video game by Corazon Del Sol – a conceptual portrait on the life & influence of three generations of women artists, Eugenia Butler, Eugenia P. Butler and Corazon Del Sol.
  • Manifold Garden by William Chyr – a first-person exploration game where the player rediscovers gravity and explores an Escher-esque world of impossible architecture to solve physics-defying puzzles.
  • Natural History by Lilian Mehrel and Serena Parr with original Music by Eric Beam – a wonder at the natural world through 360-degree video.
  • Soundstage by Logan Olson – a VR music sandbox built specifically for room-scale VR.
  • The Magic Dance Mirror by Kyle Ruddick – an interactive visual music and dance experience that creates stylized mirror image of those using it with dynamic animated visuals based on a user’s movement, audio, and social interactions.
  • You Must be 18 or Older to Enter by Seemingly Pointless – this recreates the feeling of being a prepubescent kid looking at porn for the first time through interactive fiction elements combined with ASCII styled art.

“DIG is one island in a sea of ‘digital content’, an opportunity for artists to showcase expressive art in forms and technologies that are built to be impersonal by default,” shares Slamdance Special Projects Manager, Deron Williams. “This year’s DIG Showcase underlines the essential role artists have as creative voices in a crowded mass media landscape.”

The Slamdance DIG showcase, hosted by Big Pictures Los Angeles, opens free to the public on 2nd December, 2016 through 10th December, 2016. It’ll then feature at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City from 20th – 26th January, 2017.

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Update: You Must be 18 or Older to Enter was initially mistakenly referred to as You Must be 19 or Older to Enter. VRFocus apologies for this error.

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