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In February, our Digital Dome Director, Ethan Bach accompanied by two New Media Arts students, Joseph “Seph” Turnipseed and Fernando Charley will present as part of the New Media Caucus events being held during the College Arts Association conference in Los Angeles, California. The presentation will include examples of student and artist-in-resident work produced for the Digital Dome @ IAIA. This event will take place on Thursday, February 23 at 8pm at the Glendale Community College Planetarium.

Fernando Charley's still photo "Santa Fe Railyard"

Historically geodesic theaters have been used for exploring the stars in the planetarium. It is not until recent years that these theaters have become capable of presenting digital media. This innovation brings new life to the medium providing artists an endless amount of opportunities for creation. Still the fulldome medium has yet to define itself within the field of fine arts. With over 600 digital domes around the world, the content being produced and shown is primarily science based and primarily intended for a fourth-grade audience. There is now more than every a great opportunity for the new media artist to creative interactive immersive experiences in the dome environment. The Institute of American Indian Arts has quickly become a leader in opening up the spherical theater for artistic exploration.

About New Media Caucus
The New Media Caucus is a non-profit, international membership organization that advances the conceptual and artistic use of digital media. The NMC represents artists whose media are expanding with developments in digital technology, artists working in emerging media such as robotics, virtual reality, interactive and installation environments as well as artists working in established digital areas of video, sound and graphics. By providing forum for the critical review of new media practice, the caucus increases the visibility and presence of new media practitioners.

About College Arts Association
Mission Statement
The College Art Association (CAA) promotes the visual arts and their understanding through committed practice and intellectual engagement.
Vision Statement
The College Art Association advances the highest standards of instruction, knowledge and practice in the visual arts to stimulate intellectual curiosity and advance skills that enrich the individual and society.
To realize this vision College Art Association will:
1. Represent, promote and advocate for the visual arts nationally and internationally;
2. Create new opportunities for dialogue among members;
3. Explore new forms of communication using innovative and improved technology;
4. Address career development and workforce issues to assist professional growth;
5. Strengthen organizational leadership, membership and financial support

In February, our Digital Dome Director, Ethan Bach will present a workshop at IMERSA Summit in Denver, Colorado. The session is entitled, “Fulldome 101” and will focus on examples and methods for creating in the spherical fulldome theater. Ethan will be joined by UNM ARTS Lab’s Hue Walker and others who bring years of experience and various methods to explore for the digital dome.

The 2012 IMERSA Summit is set to take place 3-5 February 2012 at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS). “Learning from our past, Visualizing our future – Winning solutions for the digital dome” is the theme. The two-and-a-half-day Summit is organized by IMERSA (Immersive Media, Entertainment, Research, Science & Arts) – a nonprofit trade group formed in 2008 to boost the adoption and creative application of the digital dome and other immersive media formats.

In the visitor attractions business, digital dome, aka “fulldome,” is getting attention from museums, science centers and theme parks as they transition from film-based systems to digital projection and seek to provide ever-more immersive experiences. Fulldome cinema already boasts a network of more than 1200 permanent and portable domes around the world with the potential for many more. This inherently immersive, medium is being widely adopted in Europe and Asia as well as the US to create great story- based guest experiences, and to leverage trans-media opportunities for entertainment and education in 2D, 3D and 4D.

Within the planetarium community and educational institutions, it is anticipated that virtually all dome theaters will eventually upgrade to digital dome technology. The tendency is either to integrate a fulldome system together with an opto-mechanical starball projector, or to replace the starball altogether. Depending on the size of the theater, the number of projectors in a fulldome system can range from a single fisheye unit to a series of 6, 8 or more, linked and edge-blended.

Digital dome theaters are central to prominent visitor attractions around the world such as City of Dreams in Macau (“Dragons Treasure”); the Adler Planetarium in Chicago (“Deep Space Adventure”); the American Museum of Natural History (Rose Planetarium), Madame Tussauds London (“Marvel Superheroes 3D), Futuroscope in Poitiers, France (“Arthur”) and Universal Studios (“The Simpsons Ride” and “Harry Potter: The Forbidden Journey”) and Griffith Observatory (Centered in the Universe) in Los Angeles to name a few examples. The growing library of fulldome shows includes original custom productions from exhibitors and system providers as well as independent producers. Major special venue distributors such as nWave Pictures, SK Films and National Geographic are also getting into the act and starting to make titles available for digital dome exhibition.

“Because of digital technology, multiple industry sectors are converging, and we have a lot to talk about on the creative side, technology side and the business side,” says IMERSA co-founder Dan Neafus, who is director of the Gates Planetarium. “We’re working to develop standards and specifications and deal with what is called ‘pixel envy.’ Fulldome is pretty far along in terms of animation content, but mainstream filmmakers are eager to see better options for live action photography. When it comes to image acquisition, there are tricks for capturing material in a way that not only optimizes the special projection environment in the dome, but that can maximize the opportunities for cross-platform distribution. Everyone wants to see more viable business models for production, distribution and exhibition and not repeat previous mistakes.

Here at the Institute of American Indian Arts, our students work on Macintosh work stations to create their art. When creating the Digital Dome Production course we ran into a major obstacle, how to run PC based software on a Mac. In the dome we run Sky-Skan’s DigitalSky 2 software, but Sky-Skan does not offer support for running the software on a Macintosh.

We had our trusty student intern, Joseph “Seph” Turnipseed at the helm of this task. After several attempts, Seph was able to successfully install Windows 95 using Bootcamp and install DigitalSky 2. A couple of tweaks later and now our students can preview their files before going into the dome to test. It’s a great way to get to know the software and learn scripting.

To access the how to document click here.

Stay tuned for more blog entries outlining specifics on how we access the Mac partition and Mac formatted drives from Window and techniques we use to create for the dome.

Deadline:November 15, 2011
Apply here

Type of opportunity: Digital Artwork for Dome by Indigenous artists and/or about Indigenous people

Organization name: Digital Dome at Institute of American Indian Arts: College of Contemporary Arts (IAIA)
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Description of opportunity:
The Institute of American Indian Arts: College of Contemporary Native Arts is pleased to announce a call for digital artwork for their new Digital Dome. The Digital Dome @ IAIA seeks digital works by Indigenous artists or about Indigenous people. The work will be selected by Ethan Bach, Digital Dome Director and Ryan Rice, Museum for Contemporary Native Arts Curator and will be programmed to coincide with ISEA2012.
Entries are sought that utilize the immersive environment. Fulldome work or other digital work will be considered including video (with or without audio), digital still images, animation, 3D objects and panorama photography. A residency/workshop on producing artwork for the Digital Dome will be considered, dependent on funding.

Project resources:
Digital Dome technology and staff will be available to selected artists.

Description of site/venue:
The Digital Dome @ IAIA offers a unique combination of black box, planetarium, fulldome, and the world’s only full range articulating dome. The dome structure weighs 8,000 pounds, hangs from the ceiling, and can rotate 0° to 90° or can be place near the ceiling or the floor. This immersive, high-resolution environment is created by a 24-foot wide spherical screen, six projectors, and a 6.1 surround sound system. The Digital Dome @ IAIA is involved in groundbreaking research funded by the National Science Foundation for the fulldome, including the ability to display interactive content in collaboration with UNM ARTSLab and the Santa Fe Complex.

Application requirements:
Initial Submissions:

Video: Link to Vimeo or Youtube file or an .mov file on
DVD Stills: Email stills to digitaldome@iaia.edu or provide link.
If work is chosen for the show, the artist must provide a dome master (IAIA can provide support in creating a dome master when necessary):
Dome Master:
NTFS or HFS+(OS X) formatted hard drive, “DomeMaster” format required (circular image within square frame — example available upon request), 30 frame per second image sequence, image sequence of frames, must be at least 2048 x 2048 (2k) in PNG file format, use 5 digit numbering sequence. For example: firstname_lastname2011_00000.png. Submit sound as 6-channel mono wav files, 48khz, 16-bit (even if using a stereo or mono mix).
Need help creating a dome master? See ARTS Lab Tutorials: Hue’s Beginner’s Guide to Fulldome Production

Description of sponsoring organization:
IAIA is a four-year institution of higher education, which helps foster the spirit and vision of Native American and Alaska Native people. Founded in 1962, the Institute of American Indian Arts offers academic excellence to both Native and non-Native populations. Their goal is to advance and support contemporary native art and artists.

The Institute of American Indian Arts is accepting submissions for digital dome projects to be exhibited during currents 2012: The Santa Fe International New Media Festival – June 22 thru July 8, 2012 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. The selected work will be screened at the Digital Dome @ IAIA housed in the new Science and Technology building at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Currents / Digital Dome @ IAIA 2011

We are looking for work that makes use of the dome for its artistic potential rather than as a museum presentation or fulldome show. All thematic concepts will be considered.

Submission Deadline: March 2, 2012 / Submission is Free.

Initial Submissions:

Please complete the online Submission Form by clicking here

Video for dome projection:
Email link to Vimeo or Youtube file or mail .mov on DVD

Stills for dome projection:
Email stills or provide link.

Provide brief artist bio and statement

Email contact: digitaldome@iaia.edu

Mailing Address:
IAIA
Ethan Bach
SCITECH 109
83 Avan Nu Po Road
Santa Fe, NM 87508, USA

If your work is chosen for the currents 2012 Festival, you must provide a dome master:

Dome Master:
* NTFS or HFS+(OS X) formatted hard drive (Please include cables and necessary hardware)
* “DomeMaster” format required (circular image within square frame — example available upon request)
* 30 Frame per second image sequence
* Image sequence of frames, must be at least 2048 x 2048 or preferably 4096 x 4096
* Use 5 digit numbering sequence, eg. firstname_lastname2011_00000.png
* Submit sound as 6-channel mono wav files, 48khz, 16-bit (even if using a stereo or mono mix)
* No titles, credits, watermarks or logos within viewable area.

Need help creating a dome master, click here.

Information on the Digital Dome at the Institute of American Indian Arts

If you have any questions, contact Ethan Bach at digitaldome@iaia.edu

In November, our Digital Dome Director, Ethan Bach will participate on a panel at the Nation Congress of American Indians annual conference in Portland, Oregon. The session is entitled, “Advancing Tribal Communities through Participation in the Digital Age”. The session will focus on broadband broadcasting and new technologies for disseminating information. The session will be November 1, 2011 from 1:30 to 4:00 pm at the Oregon Convention Center.

Advancing Tribes Through Participation in the Digital Age
The country overall has begun its transition from analog to digital media and communications services. In order for Indian Country to be competitive and productive participants in the national and global economies, tribes must actively expand, create, and retain access to broadband services. This session will focus on various forms of funding criteria available to tribes for the establishment of tribally owned and operated telecommunications, and also highlight benefits to healthcare, education, and tribal governance through utilization of broadband services.

Our shared journey toward tribal prosperity
With every step and every action we take as Native people and sovereign nations our footsteps carry us toward a new era of tribal prosperity. The ever-increasing depth of our cultures, strength of our traditions, and diversity of our Native resources serve as a guide on the path to reaching the new meaning of tribal prosperity; defined by the health of our people, the strength of our sovereignty, and the vibrancy of our nations. At NCAI’s 68th Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon we celebrate together, the journey our ancestors embarked on generations before us. As we step forward together on this path we fulfill our promise to the generations to come.

I regret to inform you all that DomeFest 2011 has been canceled due to pressing research that is taking place. Please stay tuned for more information for the planning of DomeFest 2012.

Handmade "unfolded" pano of the Pecos Mission Ruins. photo by ARTS Lab

In July, ARTS Lab and IAIA got together with Greg Downing and Eric Hanson of xRez.

Day 1, we went over Panoramic shooting using Nodal Ninja, Gigapixel shooting using robotic rigs such as the Gigapan Pro, HDR Lighting Capture, Shooting for Photogramatry and Use of Motion-Control Time Lapse rings.

Day 2, we looked at various software including Adobe Bridge, PT GUI, Autopano, PhotoFly, Bundler, and Meshlab.

Day 3, we looked at integrating various works into Maya and manipulating Maya for the dome. xRez gave a great demonstration of how the created their fulldome production, Crossing Worlds..

Below are links that xRez provided to fortify the workshop:
Software:
Maya, Mental Ray, PTgui, Nuke, Photoshop,
Bridge 3DEM (free, Windows)
MacDEM (free, OSX)
HDRshop (free, Windows)
PullSTDS (free, Windows)
Global Mapper, ($350, Windows)

DEM Source:
http://seamless.usgs.gov
http://www.geocomm.com
http://www.viewfinderpanoramas.org/dem3.html
http://www.cherba.com/3D/dem_sources.htm http://vterrain.org/Elevation/SRTM/
http://www1.gsi.go.jp/geowww/globalmap-gsi/gtopo30/gtopo30.html
http://dds.cr.usgs.gov/srtm/version2_1/SRTM3/

Topo Source:
http://www.usgsquads.com/mapfinder.html
http://sar.lanl.gov/maps_by_name.html

Earth Imagery:
http://www.unearthedoutdoors.net/global_data/true_marble/ http://www.truearth.com/
http://www.spaceimaging.com

Educational:
http://www.terrainmap.com

We will continue to add information about this experience and share as we build our own knowledge on the techniques we are learning.

To view images from the workshop, please see ARTS Lab’s Flickr page.

We are preparing for the much anticipated three day fulldome production workshop with xRez. xRez are the creators of the spectacular dome show, Crossing Worlds
This workshop is a collaborative effort between xRez, IAIA, and UNM ARTSLab.

Using high resolution panoramic imagery integrated into 3D software allowed them to take advantage of it’s powerful flexibility while presenting real-world imagery. They developed a method utilizing a stitched panoramic HD capture, where they can far exceed even the highest resolution of emerging digital cinema solutions. Their first dome film format film, “Crossing Worlds” won a coveted “Domie” for Best Design in a Dome at DomeFest 09 in Albuquerque, NM and was later shown in the world’s highest resolution dome theater at Dome Day Asia. A visual tone poem designed for the emerging fulldome planetarium format, “Crossing Worlds” utilizes spherical photography from the American desert west to immerse the viewer in a transcendent spectrum of austere landscapes.

This hands-on workshop will cover basic approaches to capture and integration of real- world locations and CGI elements for fulldome production. The initial focus will be on photographic techniques, such as spherical panoramic background photography, HDRI capture, and photogrammetry for set reconstruction. Site survey techniques will be demonstrated as well as a brand new technique for 3d point cloud data capture based on Microsoft Photosynth software. Later classroom study will include formatting the content shot and integrating in Autodesk Maya for fulldome production.

We will have 2 components to the workshop, first a one-day field session to capture a nearby location (Pecos National Monument) covering spherical panoramic shooting, HDRI capture, gigapixel capture, and shooting for photogrammetry. The participants will perform most of the techniques illustrated w/ shooting rigs. The second phase will be a 2-day classroom session that will consist of software demonstrations in Photoshop, PTGui, Autopano, HDRShop, Maya, and Nuke to illustrate post-production workflow methodology. Integration of CGI elements within an image-based panoramic digital set will be the goal, and several completed works will be shown.

In preparation for this workshop to include purchasing new equipment to create four dome production kits and working on our shooting skills. Our kits include: Gigipan Epic Pro, Canon 600D, Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8 IS lens, Sunex SuperFisheye lens, and supportive gear.

Digital Dome @ IAIA fulldome kit

We will use these new skills to teach students at the Institute of American Indian Arts digital dome production courses. More to come on this workshop.

We are in the process of getting a Dome Advisory Council put together in order to implement a mandate, policy and procedures for the Digital Dome at IAIA.
Currently on our council is Ethan Bach- Director of the Digital Dome, Anne Filemyr- Academic Dean of IAIA, Ryan Rice – Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts,
Laurie Logan Brayshaw – Director of Sponsored Programs and Institutional Research, and Leena Minifie – New Media Arts Student, IAIA. We are coming together bi-weekly to organize
and discuss the future of the dome, how we can engage community involvement, organizations and artists both inside and outside the institution. We are trying to answer the big questions-
such as: what will are artist-in-residency program look like, what our IAIA’s goals for curriculum for the Dome and what are the requirements to scheduling dome demonstrations for the public?
Our next meeting is July 14th, 2011.