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Sundance New Frontier: The Volcano

• Kartina Richardson in Park City

"Eyjafjallalokull" is a stunning and moving video art installation that played at Sundance in the "New Frontier" art exhibition space. I visited the piece several times. Nicolas Boritch, director of the AntiVJ visual label and producer of "Eyjafjallalokull" ("The Volcano" for short) wants to put viewers in a space where "they just forget where they are and they forget about understanding anything because we want to leave a lot of space for the audience to create their own story or to find whatever they want to find."

Inspired by the icelandic volcano, which wreaked travel havoc across Europe earlier this year, Joanie Lemercier presents the latest incarnation of its audiovisual mapping project. Painted directly onto a large wall, a wireframed scenery is slowly revealed by gentle light effects. The audience's sense are progressively challenged as optical illusions question their perception of space.

Here are shots of the piece and my interview with Nicolas.

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