Ethan Bach
Since 2009
Works in Santa Fe, New Mexico United States of America

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BIO
Ethan Bach is a consultant, project manager and art producer. Bach is the owner and operator of Bach Multimedia. Bach received an MFA in Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2008 and BA in Media Production from The Evergreen State College in 1996. Ethan’s expertise in immersive video art and project management builds from almost 20 years of experience.

Bach served as Principal Investigator for a DoD grant developing interactivity for fulldome and a research associate for a National Science Foundation grant developing tools and content for fulldome environments in his former position as the Digital Dome Manager at the Institute of American Indian Arts. In just two and a half years he developed five dome courses, an artist in residence program , curated several art shows and created vDome with Charles Veasey. vDome is the world’s first software for the digital dome that runs off a single computer and allows for easy plug and play, VJing, interactive art, and gaming. vDome is currently in open source release.

Bach is internationally known for his media art which is primarily in immersive and interactive media. Bach’s artistic expertise in experimental media won him awards from the Santa Fe Arts Commission, New Mexico Film Visions, and New Mexico Art in Public Spaces. Solo Exhibitions include the interactive, real-time international storytelling installation, “Retrieving Humanity” (2010) at the Santa Fe Complex, as well as “Translations” (2010) at the NW Film Forum in Seattle. His recent work interactive video installation “The Royal Road Project” has shown at Aqua Art as part of Art Basel Miami (2012) and will show in Currents 2013. He has been invited to show at international experimental media and film exhibitions from Bangalore to Madrid.
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EVENT

MORPHOS Immersive Video Dome Art • Los Angeles


Dates:
Fri Jun 27, 2014 18:50 - Fri Jun 27, 2014

Location:
Los Angeles, California
United States of America

MORPHOS, a one night immersive video experience featuring the world premiere of new experimental immersive and interactive video art in the Vortex LA Dome. MORPHOS will take the audience on unique immersive audio visual journeys, ranging from cultural amalgams of human past, present and future to interactive performance and poetic underwater expressions of dolphins and whales. The event will take place on the L.A. Center Studios campus on Friday, June 27, 2014. Doors open at 6:30pm.

GET TICKETS: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/morphos-fulldome-art-event-tickets-11683237879?aff=eorg#

MORPHOS Media Page http://artandemergingtechnology.wordpress.com/morphos-media-page/

MORPHOS will highlight the work of five artist-in-residence in addition to a reel of international fulldome artwork curated by Ethan Bach. MORPHOS is a collaboration between Vortex Immersion Media, Bach Multimedia, and c3 as a way to expand visual arts into the immersive dome. Vortex is one of the first domes in the world to house software allowing artists to expand on the immersive experience through easy playback, interactivity, and audience generative art.

Artists in Residence include; Ganesh Rao, duo Marina Masic and Jakob LeBaron, Lawrence Curtis and Torie Zalben. Each artist will work in the dome for the month of June to create their work. Ganesh Rao’s (http://ganeshnrao.com/) work is a collective narrative through an interactive audio visual performance using a generative system and has themed his work from mythological narratives and scriptures of eastern and oriental cultures. Marina Masic and Jakob LeBaron’s (http://jakobdwight.com/) work is a multi sensory environment to cultivate media installations to be used in conjunctive therapy sessions to address deficits and traumas. Lawrence Curtis’ (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Curtis-Films-inc-Aqua-Media-Lab/126593534075252) work is live action footage exposing a unique experience of how whales and dolphins live in an acoustic, aquatic world. Torie Zalben (http://toriezalben.com/) creates worlds exploring a dreamer ‘s various conscious states.

Artists whose work will be shown as part of the reel include: Martin Kusch, “Inner Voices”; Russosky, “Maelström”, Claudia Cumbie-Jones and Lance Ford Jones , “Gulfstream”; Alban Low, “Ping Pong Paranoia”; David Foel, “Nimitta”; Chiara Passa, “Tales from Space” ;and David Colagiovianni, “Charting a Course”.

MORPHOS will transport the audience from underwater swimming with dolphins, to abstract visuals and interactive performance. Then dome may never be the same. MORPHOS will take place at The Vortex LA Dome on the LA Center Studios campus on Friday, June 27 , doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets are on sale for MORPHOS at Eventbrite. Price $25.
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/morphos-fulldome-art-event-tickets-11683237879?aff=eorg#

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The Vortex Dome LA is a state of the art facility located at the heart of LA Center Studios in downtown Los Angeles. The dome is 50 feet in diameter with a multi projector system displaying a 3k seamless image. Vortex’s custom built software allows for on the fly slicing for drag and drop playing of dome masters, real time video mixing, multi image display, and external sensor integration for interactive works. Vortex Immersion Media specializes in the production and design of immersive, interactive, experiential themed entertainment and immersive fulldome content creation and installations. www.vorteximmersion.com

The c3: Center for Conscious Creativity is a 501c3 arts and education organization whose mission is to “Create a better future through arts and media. The c3 supports artists creating projects in traditional and emerging media formats with themes related to their mission. http://www.consciouscreativity.org/

Ethan Bach, Curator of MORPHOS and Creative Director at Vortex Immersion Media. Bach fuses art and digital domes through creating opportunities and assists artists in understanding the medium. For several years, Bach has run artist-in-residence programs in Santa Fe and curated shows for domes in Santa Fe, Los Angeles, and Denver. His shows have participated at International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), the New Media Caucus and Currents Santa Fe International New Media Festival. www.ethanbach.com


OPPORTUNITY

Call for Fulldome Art - MORPHOS at Vortex Immersion Media Los Angeles


Deadline:
Fri May 09, 2014 23:59

Location:
Los Angeles, California
United States of America

Vortex Immersion Media is pleased to announce our call for work for MORPHOS, a fulldome arts event at Vortex Dome LA. This event is the premier showcase of contemporary artwork by promising international fulldome artists. With an open-ended theme, we seek work that makes use of the dome for its artistic potential rather than as a museum presentation or traditional fulldome show. All thematic concepts will be considered.

MORPHOS seeks experiments, abstractions, and aural immersions. This event is part of a larger effort to support fine arts in the dome and allow artists access to this medium. Vortex’s exhibition submission is entry-fee free. The exhibition is open to any artists in the world. The artworks will become part of a larger show of presentations by our first International Artist in Residence program held June 2014.

Vortex Dome LA is a state of the art facility located at the heart of L.A. Center Studios in downtown Los Angeles. The dome is 50 feet in diameter with a multi projector system displaying a 2.8k seamless image. The Vortex Dome Server allows on-the-fly slicing for drag and drop playing of dome masters, real time video mixing, multi image display, and external sensor integration for interactive works. Vortex Immersion Media specializes in production and design for effects, gaming, interactive, experiential themed entertainment and immersive dome installation. www.vorteximmersion.com

Submission Deadline: May 9, 2014 / Submission is Free
Event: Friday, June 27, 2014

Initial Submissions:
• Submission Form by clicking here (you may need to copy/paste url into web browser) https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Bow2NglKibI79cKniIEi-SUt8SnayPzhCZll0ycFC-8/viewform?usp=send_form

If your work is chosen for the program, you must provide dome masters, three still images and release for promotional use.

Dome Master (only needed if selected) specification can be found here http://thevortexdome.com/media-delivery-specification/
Please no titles, credits, watermarks or logos within viewable area.

Participating artists agree to allow the host to use their fulldome assets (including pictures and sound) for promotional use in domes, on the internet, in print and other media.

If you have any questions, contact our Creative Director, Ethan Bach at ethan.bach@vorteximmersion.com


OPPORTUNITY

Vortex Immersion Media Fulldome Artist in Residence Call for Applications


Deadline:
Fri Mar 14, 2014 23:59

Location:
Los Angeles, California
United States of America

Vortex Immersion Media is now accepting applications for its first international artist in residence program located in Los Angeles, California. The program is for artists interested in experimenting and exploring fulldome technology and immersive experience. Artists will receive hands on training provided by our Creative Director, access to the dome to work on projects and test concepts, one on one consultation and a public presentation of their experience at the end of the residency. The Vortex Immersion Media fulldome artist in residence will run June 1 - 30, 2014.

Vortex Dome LA is a state of the art facility located at the heart of L.A. Center Studios in downtown Los Angeles. The dome is 50 feet in diameter with a four projector system displaying a 2k seamless image. Vortex’s custom built software allows for on the fly slicing for drag and drop playing of dome masters, real time video mixing, multi image display, and external sensor integration for interactive works. Vortex Immersion Media specializes in production and design for effects, gaming, interactive, experiential themed entertainment and immersive dome installation. www.vorteximmersion.com

Ethan Bach, Creative Director, is internationally known for his media art which is primarily in immersive and interactive media. He received his MFA in Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Bach was the Digital Dome Director at the Institute of American Indian Arts where he served as Principal Investigator for a DoD grant developing interactivity for fulldome and as research associate for a National Science Foundation grant developing tools and content for fulldome environments. Bach has run AIR programs for domes as well as curated shows for such events as the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), the New Media Caucus and Currents International New Media Festival. www.ethanbach.com

Ethan Bach and Vortex Immersive Media came together to find a solution for the growing need of artists to work in fulldome facilities. There is an equal need within the dome community for new content and expressions in this fast changing medium. Recent innovations in dome technology allow for a variety of visual and aural expressions that turn the dome into an artist’s playground. “Please come join us as we explore this technology.”

To information on how to apply to the Vortex Immersion Media fulldome artist in residence program, go to http://opps.residencyunlimited.org/2014/vortex/fulldome-artist-in-residence/. The application deadline is March 14, 2014 11:59pm PST.


EVENT

The Royal Road Project - Opening Friday, July 20


Dates:
Fri Jul 20, 2012 17:00 - Tue Jul 31, 2012

The Royal Road Project, an interactive multimedia installation featuring the world premiere of new work by artists Charles Veasey, J. Craig Tompkins, and Ethan Bach with guest artist Sinte´ Jackson Torrez. The Royal Road Project calls the audience to investigate the ever-changing landscape of the El Camino Real, one of the most influential roadways in North American history.

The opening reception will take place at the Centennial Project Space on Friday July 20, 5pm to 7pm. The Royal Road Project shows at the Centennial Project Space July 20 through August 31, 2012.

The Royal Road Project is an installation that journeys through one of the most significant trails in North American history, the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Trail. This work creates visceral temporal shifts as one travels the length of the trail though landscapes comprised of panoramic images, video, and audio. A layer of text and images intersects the photos that presents diverse contemplation of historical colonial encounters, ideas of territory, and the experiences of Native Americans.

Artists Veasey, Tompkins, and Bach have focused their artistic efforts on this project for the past year by conducting research and exploring the area. In January 2012, they traveled the trail from El Paso, Texas to Taos, New Mexico stopping at least every 15 miles to experience the trail first hand. The artist followed the trail through arroyos, across the "Journey of the Dead Man", and over mountains.They traveled the trail over 10 days, working from before sunrise to after sundown, exploring the details of each location.

Artists choose to work with El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (Spanish for The Royal Road of the Interior Land) because of its significance in the cultural landscape of where they live. The trail was originally used for trade among Native tribes from the Aztec cities to Taos Pueblo. Decades before the pilgrims landed on Plymouth rock, Cortez invaded the Aztec civilization through the port city now known as Veracruz, Mexico. The Spanish made their way up the trail where they colonized Indigenous people along the way. This eventually led to the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. Hundreds of years later, the area is still seasoned by the significance of these historical events.

This project was supported by The New Mexico Arts, a Department of Cultural Affairs, and it’s unique Art in Public Places program at Centennial Project Space in Santa Fe, NM

The Centennial Project Space is located at 54 1/2 East San Francisco Street, Suite 2.

New Mexico Arts Centennial Project Space seeks to expand the reach of the state’s public art program through collaboration with a diverse range of New Mexico artists. In 2011 and 2012 they will celebrate New Mexico’s centennial with unique visions of the state's history and the legacy of its people from a contemporary perspective.


EVENT

DOME2012: Video Art in the Digital Dome


Dates:
Fri Apr 13, 2012 10:35 - Sat Apr 14, 2012

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and the Santa Fe Complex invite you to DOME2012, a two-day immersive video experience featuring the world premier of new experimental video art in the Digital Dome @ IAIA. The opening reception will take place at IAIA on Friday, April 13, 5pm to 8pm. The show continues on Saturday, April 14, 5pm to 8pm. The event is free and open to the public.

DOME2012 is the first artist-in-residence show at the Digital Dome @ IAIA and is curated by Ethan Bach, Digital Dome Manager at IAIA and Orlando Leibovitz, Art Director at the Santa Fe Complex. This collaboration between the Institute of American Indian Arts and the Santa Fe Complex features video art created for the Dome by local and national artists.

New Mexico artists include Mariannah Amster, Suzanna Carlisle, Bruce Hamilton, Craig Tompkins, Charles Veasey, Ethan Bach and Robert Drummond. Featured national artists are Andrew Elijah Edwards, Meghan Tomeo, and Surabhi Saraf. Each artist video is approximately three minutes long. Viewing time for the entire show is twenty-seven minutes

The Digital Dome @ IAIA is the world’s first fully movable dome. This unique venue creates a physical and emotional response by immersing the viewer in high resolution spherical imagery and surround sound creating a physical and emotional response. It engulfs the viewer in the full range of human vision and sound producing a unique immersive experience. The Digital Dome @ IAIA brings new life to the historic, planetarium model of the medium by providing artists an endless amount of opportunities for creation.

The Digital Dome @ IAIA is located at 83 Avan Nu Po Road. From Santa Fe take I-25 South. Then take exit 278A and merge onto NM-14 S towards Madrid. Turn left of Rancho Viejo Blvd. At the top of the hill, turn right onto Avenida Del Sur. Turn left onto Avan Nu Po Road and take the third left into the main entrance of the campus. The Digital Dome @ IAIA is housed in the Science and Technology building, which is straight ahead. Parking is available to the left. Please enter the Science and Technology building from the West.

The mission of The Institute of American Indian Arts is to empower creativity and leadership in Native arts and cultures through higher education, lifelong learning and outreach. IAIA is the only four-year fine arts degree institution in the nation devoted to contemporary Native American and Alaska Native arts. It is devoted to the study of contemporary arts, as well as the art of education. IAIA also operates two centers, the Center for Lifelong Education and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts.

The mission of the Complex is to create a collaborative workspace that fosters applied complexity science through interdisciplinary education, outreach, and development of innovative technologies to address real-world problems, enable social cooperation, and create economic opportunities. The Santa Fe Complex encourages collaboration among artists, scientists, and technologists, allowing new ways of thinking and creating to emerge.
This event is partially funded by a grant from the Santa Fe Arts Commission

http://www.myiaiaonline.com/digitaldome/
http://sfcomplex.org/

Photo: "Occularium" by Andrew Elijah Edwards