The Society for arts and technology presents
Winning films program 2022
Since its first edition in 2012, SAT Fest has become a must-attend event for immersive cinema, offering plenty of room for experimentation and artistic creativity. With its eclectic selections of short films specifically designed for the domes, SAT Fest has highlighted the world and creative vision of more than 100 local and international visual and sound artists.
Presented to a sold-out audience in early March, the SAT’s iconic immersive film festival featured 48 short films from an international call for entries. SAT Fest returns in May, with a presentation of this year’s 7 winning films, which were selected by a jury of artists and immersion specialists as well as a public vote.
LABYRINTH – Sergey Prokofyev (Germany) – Excellence Award
The Orchid and the Bee – Frances Adair McKenzie (Canada) – Innovation Award
SWARM – Maarten Isaäk de Heer (Germany) – Originality Award
Grandma’s house David Gardener (Canada) – Narrative Work Award
ASTRO – Weidi Zhang – Weilu Ge (USA) – Soundtrack Award
Jacinthe.XYZ – Sébastien Labrunie (France) – Audience Award
Introduction à l’économétrie – Lydia Yakonowsky (Canada) – Campus SAT Special mention – local film
In the Satosphere
June 7 → July 2nd, 2022
Tuesday → Saturday
Shows: 6:30PM – 8PM – 9:30PM
LABYRINTH est un espace qui incite les spectateurs et spectatrices à un mouvement constant. Vu d’en haut, le public a l’idée objectivement distinguable d’une ligne, d’un motif ou d’un ornement.
Dans LABYRINTH, on tombe sous l’impact visuel d’une configuration particulière de l’espace, dont il est impossible de sortir, étant pris dans l’effet de désorientation. On passe à une perception subjective de la vie. Comme nous nous déplaçons continuellement, la perception de l’espace du labyrinthe change à chaque seconde. Les places, les rues, les passages, les couloirs, les pièces forment une structure dynamique du labyrinthe urbain. Le film tente de combiner la fantaisie architecturale d’un labyrinthe et l’expérience visuelle d’une marche dans le temps.
Nature is wondrous and clever. As Darwin taught us, those who improvise most effectively prevail. There are species who under threat revert to earlier forms, others who cultivate parasitic relationships with neighbouring beings, while the most inventive ones transform their bodies to mimic and seduce unsuspecting companions. The Orchid and the Bee is an expressionistic VR ode to life’s struggle for existence, explored through a chain of genetic love affairs.
Swarming is a behavioral phenomenon to survive, but more than often, it is a prelude for extinction. Fly with the flock as they travel from Germany, over the Alps, to the Mediterranean Sea. Small birds migrating over exhausted and exploited landscapes.
Robins, tits and sparrows do not usually migrate this far, but in a near future, they might.
Swarm offers a bird’s eye’s view over landscapes of three dimensional photo collages that show a part of Europe after climate change.
A story of memory and dementia. Recalled memories of time spent at grandmas house become ever more confused, as the film spirals into the depths of dementia. The memories become muddled and confused as the film progresses, matched with the ever increasing strangeness of the animated scenes depicting the memories.
When was the last time you took a moment to really look at one small ordinary thing? We are exposed to massive amounts of pictures and signals every day, and we’re trained to swipe and process large quantities of content. This piece is about taking a break from the continuous data flow. It’s about slowing down and contemplating the tiny ordinary beautiful things that we usually swipe away.
JACINTHE.XYZ explores the full color palette of one single 3D photogrammetric scan of a group of. Like a classic still life, but in space and time. Using real-time modulations and distortions, the visual characteristics of the subject derive into different pictorial rhythms, creating an abstract narrative that takes advantage of the whole immersive canvas. The soundtrack comes from a recording of a live clarinet/looper improvisation session by the talented french musician Clément Putegnat. The spatialization of music through the dome expands the dreamlike feel of the visuals with an added layer of acoustic poetry.
Introduction à l’économétrie is an exploratory animation of generative visuals, representing the creative visualization of different elements of economic modeling.
In this film, like a crazy book of econometrics, the curves are freed from theory to move in a living and complex universe of data, in a vast choreography of autocorrelation; the graphical grid surfaces evolve to create new spaces, huge walls, starry ceilings.