Don’t know if you’ll make it to Utah for the Slamdance Film Festival? Good news, Slamdance is giving LA a preview this weekend of their trippy new DIG exhibit (Digital, Interactive, and Gaming) for the upcoming festival for 2016.
The new showcase, which I got to check out last night, features artists who create diverse forms of digital media art, whether it be a virtual reality short film, a surreal ipad app that takes you inside a character’s head, or a game where you enter a fragmented-frozen data stream. Even though the exhibit is only a taste of what will be at the festival, these ten different digital art pieces will twist you six ways from Sunday for sure. The exhibit, which is being curated by space owner Doug Crocco, and Slamdance’s Deron Williams and Peter Baxter, will be held all this weekend at Crocco’s Big Pictures LA event space, @ 2424 West Washington Blvd. 90018. Here are the top-five interactive pieces to make sure and see at this great event –
The Visitor (VR Short Film)
directed by James Kaelen, cinematogrpahy by Eve Cohen
Set in a mystic house in the Joshua Tree desert, my first time doing VR could not be a better one to get lost in, than this clever and scary-suspenseful short film, directed the talented James Kaelen with stellar, absorbing cinematography by Eve Cohen. The story simply revolves around a conversation between a man and a woman, that hints at the woman’s incoming fear that she must confront. No spoilers, but just be prepared for the unbearable and masterful tension that the filmmakers create. And since there are literally thousands of opportunities of how to look at 360 degree virtual world around you, see it a few times to double your fun.
Pry (Immersive-Story App)
created by Danny Cannizzaro
This app, available for three bucks for ipad users, takes you inside and outside the head of a Gulf War veteran, where you cross between the two by using your fingers to open and shut the character’s eyes. Told through chapters, glorious live images, infinite-seeming sentences, and even brail to unfold the bug-fuck story, creator Danny Cannizzaro creates dark magic with this enthralling, open-ending puzzle.
Memory of a Broken Dimension (VG)
created by Ezra Hanson White
The most trippy installation in the LA showcase, this video game takes you into what appears at first to be space, but then becomes possibly the fragmented world of the data stream. You can keep moving through the ever changing, black and white-pixilated landscape, or you can stand still, and watch images of structures form around you, such as staircases and corridors to take you further in. Prepare to get lost in the void, my friends.
Sleighting (VR Performance Art)
created by Rachel Ho
Unfortunately, the LA preview only offers a video preview of this. But man, how groovy this would be to see live. Using three screens, this performance art piece is directed live by a dancer, using real time motion capture to make the on-screen virtual character move, dance, and even fight, as a DJ directs the music and the ever-holy-shit-what-was-that images that come up on screen. If you make it to Slamdance in January, you don’t want to miss this one if it’s shown live.
TL;DR[the shape of the internet(Orgy)]
created by Theo Triantafyllidis
The most physical installation at the exhibit, you are basically confronted with a forty-foot red noodle, where viewers can control the colorful, distorted-balloon organisms moving on the projected screen in front of you. Best doing it with a second person, you can touch, poke, squish, hug, toss, or push the noodle around. The more you do, the more insane the squishy images become, ultimately paying off with a surprise if you make the right moves.
For more info about this event please go to –
bigpictures.la – held at Big Pictures Los Angeles.
Event is free and open to public –