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

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BIO
Ethan Bach is the CEO of BETA LLC, an artist, curator, and producer. He created MORPHOS Artist in Residence program to assist artists in understanding and exploring the medium of immersive digital interactive spaces. Bach served as Principal Investigator for a DoD grant developing interactivity for fulldome (which resulted in the open source dome server software, vDome) and as research associate for an NSF grant developing tools and content for fulldome environments. He also writes and maintains the Art & Emerging Technology blog. Bach is also internationally known for his digital 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. http://www.ethanbach.com

BETA is an emerging technology arts company that specializes in immersive digital arts production, distribution, events production, installation, and training. We provide integrous service in areas of projection mapping, fulldome, interactive video and audio for performance or installations, storytelling, and virtual reality.

We see business as an opportunity to build community and support ethical companies, artists, nonprofits and educational institutions by providing quality service in emerging technology.
BETA annually produces MORPHOS, an immersive arts / fulldome international artist in residence program and art show. In 2015, MORPHOS will be held in Fort Collins and Denver, Colorado. http://www.beta-arts.com
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OPPORTUNITY

MORPHOS Fulldome Artist in Residence 2015 Denver


Deadline:
Fri Feb 13, 2015 23:59

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
MORPHOS Immersive Artist in Residence -
2015 Denver

This program is for artists interested in experimenting and exploring 360° immersive digital art through digital dome (aka fulldome). Artists will receive hands on training in fulldome and VR, weekly dome time, individual consultation, production support, and two public presentations of their experience at the end of the residency. The MORPHOS International Artist in Residence will run June 1 – 30, 2015 and be held in Fort Collins and Denver, Colorado.

Recent advances in technology are rapidly changing the way in which we view digital media. Immersive media allows the audience to a multisensory experience. Fulldome offers a unique group immersive experience with it’s immersive half sphere screen, high resolution digital projections systems, and surround sound. With recent innovations that allow for easy drag and drag playback, live VJing, interactivity, and gaming, the virtually untapped possibilities in the digital dome are endless. Artists will also receive training in Virtual Reality, which is entering the consumer market with high refresh rates that allow for individual full spherical 360° immersive experiences. VR also offers online distribution for easy self dissemination.

Join us on the forefront of this Immersive digital media revolution with this one of a kind fulldome experience. This residency takes place in state of the art facilities with the latest in fulldome technology. The multi projector system displaying a seamless 360-degree image and surround sound. The MORPHOS support team are industry leaders who specialize in immersive art, interactive installation design, 360° immersive production tools on a budget, dome installation, and show production.

Artists will receive:
3 days fulldome workshop,
2 days VR workshop,
3 hours per week one-on-one consulting with individual dome time to test concepts,
Local dome artist group meetings and support
Group outings
Artist Production Kit - VR headset and dome pre-visualization software
Two public presentations – Fort Collins' Digital Dome and Denver's Gates Planetarium
End of residency dinner celebration
http://vimeo.com/110886640

LOCATION:
Denver is a beautiful city with a booming creative tech industry, growing millennial population, active contemporary art scene, and creative entrepreneurship. Denver is a vibrant and energetic place to spend the month of June while embarking on the new and exciting medium of the immersive digital media art. Artists will enjoy everything Denver has to offer with active arts and culture, a booming nightlife, and outdoor sports offerings.
Fort Collins Museum of Discovery is just North of Denver and will serve as our major sponsors and host for the training and one public event. Fort Collins is an active college town with plenty of brew pubs, access to nature, an old town district, botanic gardens and shopping.

TECHNOLOGY:
Artists' work will be created using the latest technology in immersive design. Each artist will receive an Artist Production Kit which includes a VR headset and a pre-visualization application to view work on your own computer. We will use the latest in dome server technology with an easy to use high resolution art server which allows for interactive design (VJing, sensor input, gaming display, etc). Each artists will bring their own workstation and have their own software and equipment for creating their work. Artists will be creating 4k x 4k image files and rendering computer will be available for use.

SUPPORT STAFF:
Ethan Bach, Producer.
Ethan Bach is the CEO of BETA LLC, an artist, curator, and producer. He created MORPHOS Artist in Residence program to assist artists in understanding and exploring the medium of immersive digital interactive spaces. Bach served as Principal Investigator for a DoD grant developing interactivity for fulldome (which resulted in the open source dome server software, vDome) and as research associate for an NSF grant developing tools and content for fulldome environments. He writes and maintains the Art & Emerging Technology blog. Bach holds an MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Electronic Arts and is internationally recognized for his digital 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.

Timmy Edens, Production Assistant.
Timmy Edens is CEO of Domemasters and holds a BFA in Digital Design from UCD. Domemasters provides production services, installation, and a foundation for artists to take their vision and expressions from a normally flat surface into an immersive dome experience. Timmy has worked on projects such as BellaGaia and Audi dome in Denver Airport. Timmy also works providing visuals and VJing for events.

COST:
All artists must provide their own transportation and housing for Denver. The artist in residence is a $22,500 value for each artist. Due to the high cost of this high specialized tech artist in residence program, each artist is expected to help support the cost. Past artists were able to raise funds via online crowd source funding.

Individual Artist: $3,500 (includes one production kit).

Groups Applicants: $3,500 first artist and $1,500 each additional Artists. (This includes one production kit for the group).

Deadline for application is February 13, 2015 (notification by February 28).


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.