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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.

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 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.

Digital Dome @ IAIA has recently had the pleasure of meeting Klaus Dufke who is teaching Motion Graphics at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam in the Design Department. Our Dome Director, Ethan Bach, discovered this program through the call for work for the Currents @ the Digital Dome 2011 show, which took place on June 11. Two students projects were submitted from the University of Applied Sciences (UAS) and both projects were accepted into the show. Impressed by the work, Ethan contacted the professor, Klaus Dufke, who was more than willing to share his information. Turns out that UAS not only turns out interesting student work, but they have created a virtual dome testing software rightly named, DomeTester.

The DomeTester is a previsualization tool that takes flat images and places them on a three dimensional dome object that can navigate various perspectives of the virtual dome. This tool is amazing and will be a great help in creating work, teaching about the dome, and working with artists who do not have direct access to a dome. Before even looking at the software, Ethan was warned to “handle with care” as the DomeTester is still in development and has a hard time handling the computer memory.

This tool is easy to use, extremely helpful and accurate, and will become a staple in teaching courses here at the Digital Dome @ IAIA. As we were warned, the application is a bit RAM intensive. Our computer’s fan ran high while the software was running. I would recommend using this software for short intervals until the processing issue is handled. This should by no means keep anyone from using this tool to its full extent.

DomeTester is a freeware for Mac, Windows, and Linux. More information on DomeTester can be found on this translated link.

Attendees watching Digital Dome Works

We thank all the participants  and attendees for our Event at Currents 2011.Overall it was a major success with over 100 people in attendance for the 3 hour event.

This is the first time that IAIA Digital Dome has hosted a public new media event displaying international and national artists. With it’s success at our backs we are already in the the planning stages for more public events where people from all over the world can submit their works. We will be posting these calls for work and artist in residence as they develop. 

Our Digital Dome at the Institute of American Indian Arts offers a variety of innovative space ideal for research, video production, full-dome production, special events, fund-raising events, and events that support our mission of combining science, art, and technology.

List of Artists That Particpated Below:

DIGITAL DOME WORKS
Ethan Bach, Charles Veasey (USA) www.ethanbach.com www.charlesveasey.com
David Colagiovanni (USA) www.colagiovanni.net
Bonnie Lane (Australia) www.bonnielane.net
Jonathan Strawn, Allison Hagerman (USA)http://finearts.unm.edu/artslab.htm
University of Applied Sciences – Potsdam http://design.fh-potsdam.de/
Daniel Wiek, Moritz Degan (Germany)
Lea Weber-Schafer, Julia Weisner (Germany)
UNM Students http://finearts.unm.edu/artslab.htm
DataMiner, Mitchell Marti (USA)
Mind Glitch, Ruben Olguin (USA)
IAIA Students – www.iaia.edu
Sydney Davis (USA)
Bryan Akipa (USA)
IAIA STUDENTS & STAFF -DOME STILLS
Louva Hartwell  (Navajo)
Ethan Bach
Jamelyn Ebelecker (Santa Clara)
Daniel Grignon (Menominee Nation)
Aaron Natewa (Zuni)
SINGLE CHANNEL ARTISTS
Orlando Leibovitz, Andrew Elijah Edwards, and James Brody (USA) www.orlandoleibovitz.com
Javier Felipe Gonzales Echeverri (Columbia)
Florian-Ayala Fauna (USA)
Leena Minifie (Canada) IAIA Student (Tsimshian, Gitxaala) http://www.storiesfirst.ca/

We are getting geared up to show some terrific dome work next Saturday, June 11 from 1pm to 4pm at the Digital Dome @ IAIA as part of the Currents 2011: New Media Arts Festival. Our two student interns are doing a terrific job of making dome masters – thanks Leena Minifie and Seph Turniseed.

Several local and international artists will be showing work. Check out the list of work to be shown in the press release below.

No.217 by Lea Weber-Schafer and Julia Wiesner

Currents 2011: Digital Dome @ IAIA

Santa Fe, New Mexico – June 1, 2011 – Currents 2011 and Digital Dome @ IAIA presents video art from around the world including Australia, Germany, Columbia and the United States at the Digital Dome. Become part of the immersive environment of this one-of-a-kind digital dome through this dynamic space of multidimensional imaging and sound.

The Digital Dome @ IAIA will be inaugurated as a fine art space for the larger Santa Fe community with Currents 2011. As Currents moves into its second year, many more venues are available in Santa Fe. The Digital Dome @ IAIA opened in November 2010 where hundreds of people turned out to witness the unveiling of this unique fulldome theater. The digital dome is the only dome in the world that is fully articulating – it can move up or down and can rotate from 0° to 90°.

Currents 2011: Digital Dome @ IAIA will not only showcase work on the dome, but will also showcase single channel video and interactive design in the lobby.

Artist work includes James Brody, Orlando Leibovitz, and Andrew Elijah Edward’s Big Bang, Ethan Bach and Charles Veasey’s Collaborate, David Colagiovanni’s Charting Course for the Unknown, Bonnie Lane’s An Ordinary Grind, Daniel Weik and Moritz Degen’s 3910, Lea Weber-Schafer and Julia Wiesner’s No.217, Jonathan Strawn and Allison Hagerman’s Cathedral, Javier Felipe’s GrandPaw’s Song, Florian-Ayala Fauna’s Falling into a Dream, Mitchell Marti’s DataMiner, Ruben Olguin’s Mind Glitch, Louva Hartwell’s Mandala, Sydney Davis’ xyz, Leena Minifie’s Interconnectivity, and Bryan Akipa’s Ta-Hok-Mu.

Charting Course for the Unknown by David Colagiovanni

This event will take place on Saturday June 11, 2011 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The Digital Dome @ IAIA is located just past the Santa Fe Community College at the Science and Technology building at the Institute of American Indian Arts at 83 Avan Nu Po Road. From SFCC, turn right onto Avenida Del Sur. At the three-way stop, turn left onto Avan Nu Po Road. Take your third left into the IAIA campus. The Science and Technology building is straight ahead.

Please visit our online presence on Facebook www.facebook.com/DigitalDomeIAIA or our blog www.DigitalDomeIAIA.wordpress.com.

Contact: Kirsten Jasna,  505-424-2309, kjasna@iaia.edu or Ethan Bach, 505-424-2349, ebach@iaia.edu for more information.

Parallel Studios is accepting submissions for Digital Dome projects to be exhibited during currents 2011: The Santa Fe International New Media Festival – June 10 – 19, 2011 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. The selected work will be screened at the digital dome housed in the new Science and Technology building at the Institute of American Indian Arts.
We are looking for work that makes use of the dome for its artistic potential rather than as a museum presentation or dome demonstration. All thematic concepts will be considered.

Deadline May 10, 2011

for submission info:    http://www.currents2011.com/digitaldomesubmission.html for info on currents 2011: http://www.currents2011.com

Eric Hanson and Greg Downing from xRez will be in New Mexico in July 2011 to share their first of its kind techniques for  gigapixel 360° panoramas in the fulldome environment.

xRez specializes in “creative imaging and visual effects practice which explores the intersection of high-end computer graphics and advances in digital photography.” During this workshop, Eric and Greg will show us how to create similar effects as in their fulldome show, Crossing Worlds (as seen below). The techniques includes “new technologies arising in computational photography such as multi-spectral imaging, photogrammetry, terrain modeling, photo-clouds, [and] polynomial texture mapping.”

From the Digital Dome @ IAIA, Ethan Bach and Carlos Peinado along with students will participate in this dynamic hands on three day training. From UNM ARTSLab, David Beining, Hugh Walker, and John Strawn will be in attendance. Each will be trained as trainers in this technique in order to pass the skills along to students, fulldome producers, computer scientists, animators, and artists.