Sundance Film Festival 2018: New Frontier Immersive Works

VR, AR and more developments in the future of storytelling

With more than two dozen virtual and augmented reality projects, as well as exhibitions and more traditionally formatted filmic work, New Frontier commenced last week at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. In its 12th annual iteration, New Frontier and its cutting-edge roster of programming continue to be a declaration of advancements in many future-forward storytelling platforms. Much of what we have observed through New Frontier …

Drake Powderworks’ New Permanent Phantom Wax

A one-time base glide treatment for snowboards and skis that's better for the environment

Utah-based company Drake Powderworks Skis (DPS) is planning to make a big change to the industry with their new product, the Phantom. The brand’s new Kickstarter is funding their one-time application base-coat for skis and snowboards. Its patent-pending polymer technology means this treatment is permanent. Working with material scientists, the DPS team was able to “attack the problem via a novel free-radical polymerization.” Unlike traditional …

Interview: Snowshoe Artist Simon Beck

A mastermind of ephemeral works on imagination, planning and creation

With snow-covered terrain as the canvas, artist Simon Beck snowshoes mind-boggling geometric art into the surface. Beck is a master of ephemeral murals, and his process is one of calculation and patience with each step as a stroke in the bigger picture. It’s almost impossible to convey the magnificence—though photographs hint at it. These are artworks worth seeking out in person. This past March, Beck …