ITP Alums at Sundance New Frontier Story Lab

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Three ITP Alumni have been selected by the Sundance Institute with VR and Emerging Media Storytelling Projects For New Frontier Story Lab.

ITP Alumna Heather Dewey-Hagborg

ITP Alumnus Toshiaki Ozawa

ITP Alumna Amelia Winger-Bearskin

Los Angeles, CA — Sundance Institute announced today the six projects selected for the annual New Frontier Story Lab, which supports independent artists working at the cutting-edge convergence of film, art, media, live performance and technology.

Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Toshiaki Ozawa

T3511 is a post-genomic true love story of a biohacker’s growing relationship to an anonymous donor. Told through an immersive living sculptural installation, T3511 draws the viewer into an emerging world of ubiquitous genomic sequencing, biobanking, and commodification of human biological materials.

Heather Dewey-Hagborg is a transdisciplinary artist and educator who is interested in art as research and critical practice. She has shown work internationally at events and venues including the World Economic Forum, Shenzhen Urbanism and Architecture Bienniale, the New Museum, and PS1 MOMA. Her work has been widely discussed in the media, from the New York Times and the BBC to TED and Wired. She is an Assistant Professor of Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a 2016 Creative Capital award grantee in the area of Emerging Fields.

Toshiaki Ozawa’s history at Sundance includes lighting and cinematography for films Angela (1995), I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)Buffalo 66 (1998), America Psycho (2000), Closer (2001), On_Line (2002), Personal Velocity (2002), Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man (2006), Patti Smith: Dream of Life (2008). A 2004 effort with Vincent Gallo and Chloe Sevigny, The Brown Bunny, simultaneously made Cahiers du Cinema’s yearly top 10 and was named worst film in Cannes’s history by Roger Ebert. Ozawa’s 2015 collaboration with Laurie Anderson, Heart of a Dog, was shortlisted for the Academy Awards. Past artist and photographer collaborators include: Matthew Barney, Mike and Doug Starn, Richard Avedon, Albert Watson, Bruce Weber, Mario Testino, Leandro Katz, Isaac Julien, Mario Sorrenti, Terry Richardson, Enrique Badulescu, Anthony Cotsifas, Rankin, Santiago & Mauricio, Barnaby Roper, Toni Dove, Luke DuBois, and Marina Zurkow.

POW (working title)
Callum Cooper and Amelia Winger-Bearskin

POW (working title) is short animated VR documentary that explores the experiences of ex-serviceman Don Webb who, in 1953 at age 19, unwittingly found himself in a bizarre, mind-altering military trial that would dramatically change the course of his life.

Callum Cooper is an artist whose work covers a spectrum of the moving image from traditional, linear filmmaking to interactive technology driven artworks. Cooper’s works are participatory in either their process, content or viewing experience. His linear films have screened internationally including Sundance (2011 and 2013) and his non-linear work has been extensively exhibited including the Barbican Centre London (2011), Toronto International Film Festival (2010 and 2012) and HOME Manchester Arts Centre (2017-18). He is presently a fellow at the MIT's Open Documentary Lab.

Amelia Winger-Bearskin is an artist, creative director, and organizer who develops cultural communities at the intersection of art, technology and advocacy. She is currently the director of Interactive Digital Environments Alliance (IDEA), and was the founder and director of the DBRS Innovation Labs, a FinTech research lab that specialized in developing artistic uses of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies; as well as co-founder of She was a 2016 fellow at Facebook’s Oculus Launchpad, is the co-founder of the now-worldwide Stupid Hackathon, and performs with her band Lullabies For AI.