Much of the Hollywood film industry moves North to Park City, Utah, for both the Sundance (Jan. 17-27) and Slamdance (Jan. 18-24) film festivals this week, with 16 CalArtian filmmakers screening works over the next 10 days.
One School of Art graduate, Yung Jake, aka Jake Patterson (Art BFA 12), is getting notice even before the screenings begin. An LA Weekly headline yesterday (Jan. 15) posited, "Yung Jake, a Recent CalArts Grad, Could Be the Breakout Art Star of Sundance."
The festival's New Frontier program, which showcases media installations, multimedia performances, transmedia experiences and panel discussions, is focusing on several of Yung Jake's works—mashups of video art, rap and Internet meme culture. He often collaborates with cinematographer Temra Pavlovich (Film/Video BFA 12) and programmer Vince McKelvie (Film/Video BFA 09).
From the LA Weekly:
[New Frontiers curator Shari] Frilot describes this year's event space as less of a gallery and more of "a social lounge," featuring multimedia pieces including large scale projection mapping, lay-down theaters, and Yung Jake's new augmented reality piece, Augmented Real. More conventional theater spaces at The Yard will also show Yung Jake's 2011 work, Datamosh, which plays on the fuzzy images created when you want to put yourself in front of a background image on iChat or PhotoBooth but don't move out of the shot.
"E.m-bed.de/d" will pop up on laptops stationed in a central room filled with couches and club chairs as well as on private electronic devices brought into the space....
You don't even need to head out to The Yard, though, to see Yung Jake at work. Download the "Yung Jake" app and aim your phone at the Yung Jake rock, which can be found in the Sundance Insider magazine given to festival attendees or on certain people's shirts, and he'll pop right up.
Only time will tell if Yung Jake can make the move from an Internet sensation to an IRL art star; Sundance and Slamdance crowds will have a chance to decide for themselves when he performs on Jan. 22 and 24 in Park City.
Yung Jake Performances at Sundance
Jan. 22 and 24 at 7:30 pm
New Frontier Microcinema
Park City, Utah