The Sundance Film Festival makes a giant leap into VR

The Sundance Film Festival makes a giant leap into VR

Over at the New Frontier Gallery, every VR/AR/mixed media exhibition was on display like a work of art. Stepping up to an individual piece brings up an explanation as well as the requirements for viewing them. Some experiences, like 4 Feet High VR, which explores the high school sexual awakening of a wheelchair user, are only accessible with headsets. But plenty of others, like the meditative 7 Sounds, can be accessed with a pair of headphones. 

If you’re visiting the New Frontier Gallery in VR, you can also peer over its walls to see the Earth rotating beneath you. And as an Easter Egg, you can hop over to the International Space Station in the distance. There you can view Space Explorers: The ISS Experience, which was developed by the VR studio Felix & Paul.

Overall, Sundance has 14 New Frontier exhibitions this year. That’s less than half that appeared last year, a sign that some creators aren’t ready to embrace a virtual festival. For viewers, though, the VR platform goes a long way towards making Sundance more accessible.

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