Magazine article Screen International

Sundance Unveils New Frontier

Magazine article Screen International

Sundance Unveils New Frontier

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Sundance Institute executives announced on December 5 that the festival will feature new work from artist Doug Aitken as well as Klip Collective's external projections on the Egyptian Theatre.

An expanded New Frontier will showcase installations, performance, transmedia and panel discussion section. Most of the installations will be housed at a new, 5,000-square-foot location at the Gateway in Park City adjacent to Main Street.

Doug Aitken's The Source (Evolving) will occur at a nearby location along Main Street.

"As human and machine, biological and media experiences blur and hybridise, the distinctions between them are also becoming irrelevant," said curator of the exhibition and Sundance Film Festival senior programmer Shari Frilot.

"The digital and the organic integrally constitute a new primordial pool. What does creativity and storytelling look like if we revel in this new way of being?"

"This year's expanded New Frontier allows artists to continue pushing the boundaries in telling their stories," said Sundance Institute president and founder Robert Redford. "In addition, this expanded work helps us mark the 30th anniversary of the Sundance Film Festival."

Premieres and Documentary Premieres will be announced on December 9 and the Sundance shorts will be unveiled on December 10.

The festival takes place January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

All synopses provided by Sundance.

The Source (Evolving), US premiereDirector: Doug AitkenThe Source (Evolving) is a series of filmed conversations about creativity in the 21st Century in which Aitken conducts short candid conversations with groundbreaking pioneers in different artistic disciplines.

The piece creates a fast and rhythmic kaleidoscope of dialogues with the creative individuals who are shaping modern culture. The conversations are grounded by two questions: where does the creative idea start, and what is the journey to the finished creation?

The Source (Evolving) is filmed on location in unique and diverse destinations throughout the world and premiered at the Tate Liverpool last year.

The Source (Evolving) will be housed in the Pavilion, a new 2,000-square-feet, stand-alone, circular structure to be custom-built by the festival in a location adjacent to Park City's Main Street.

The architecture was created in collaboration with David Adjaye. Six-channel video projections of The Source (Evolving) span the entire width of the structure's interior and are also visible from the outside, wrapping the structure's exterior.

For the festival, Aitken will develop an accompanying interactive website for The Source (Evolving). The website will connect audiences not attending the festival with the work and serve as a living archive that Aitken will continue to populate with interviews in the years to come. Currently, the interviewees include William Eggleston, Ryan Trecartin, Thomas Demand, Richard Phillips, Lucky Dragons, Paolo Soleri, Jack Pierson, James Murphy, Stephen Shore, Jacques Herzog, Philippe Parreno, Liz Diller, Jack White, Mike Kelley, Devendra Banhart, Beck, David Adjaye, Tilda Swinton, Alice Waters, Aaron Koblin, Liz Glynn, Theaster Gates, and James Turrell.

"The Source (Evolving) examines the entire process of creation, not just the finished result, and speaking directly with the creators whose work has the ability to steer culture in a significant way, The Source (Evolving) takes viewers on a fast-moving road trip through the modern landscape of creativity," said Aitken.

Aitken's work was last featured at the Sundance Film Festival in the 2008 edition of New Frontier, where he presented a special single-channel version of Sleepwalkers, his MoMA installation that transformed an entire block of Manhattan into an expansive cinematic experience as he covered the museum's exteriors walls with projections.

The US premiere of The Source (Evolving) at the Festival is made possible by a contribution from The Maurice Marciano Family Foundation. …

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