Institute History

  • 2022 Sundance Film Festival


In May 2019, a climate emergency was declared in the Daintree, the world’s oldest tropical rainforest, as a predicted slow decline from climate change mutated into unprecedented rapid and catastrophic changes. Gondwana is a groundbreaking durational immersive simulation, powered by climate data, that allows audiences to experience and influence the Daintree’s possible futures.

Participants are invited to roam the living, breathing forest and shore for an extended period to witness climate change in action over the course of each generative, 24-hour exhibition. The longer you are immersed, the more you will find, from hidden caves to mangrove forests, and butterfly swarms to crocodile encounters. You may also come across other participants in the environment, represented as luminous fireflies.

Every 14 minutes, the rainforest jumps forward in time by one year. With every time-jump, the rainforest degrades, bringing to life climate data projections. There is a salve, however; the more people take part, the more dynamic and resilient the forest becomes.

Meet the artists behind all films and projects at the Festival on the Spaceship. Click here to learn more: https://www.sundance.org/blogs/heres-your-opportunity-to-meet-the-filmmakers-at-the-sundance-film-festival/

Screening Details


As you use our Online Archives, please understand that the information presented from Festivals, Labs, and other activities is taken directly from official publications from each year. While this information is limited and doesn't necessarily represent the full list of participants (e.g. actors and crew), it is the list given to us by the main film/play/project contact at the time, based on the space restrictions of our publications. Each entry in the Online Archives is meant as a historical record of a particular film, play, or project at the time of its involvement with Sundance Institute. For this reason, we can only amend an entry if a name is misspelled, or if the entry does not correctly reflect the original publication. If you have questions or comments, please email [email protected]