I’m excited to see the launch of a fulldome artist residency to help open up the medium to artists. I’m particularly interested that dome production training is a major part of the training. With so few offered workshops and college classes in the world, it’s difficult to break into the medium on top of all the technical hurdles and getting dome access. The fulldome world is a narrow but growing market and so this is an important resource for allowing artists to experiment on an actual dome. More info below.
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.
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.
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.”
Support: Artists receive 16 hours of training in dome production, up to 3 hours per week of dome time for testing concepts, one hour week consultation with Creative Director, public presentation accompanied by curated dome art show, and opportunity for licensing agreement for distribution of their work.
Costs & Support: $3,000 individual and $1500 each additional artist group member (up to three in each group). For example; two artists in a group would cost $4,500 and three in a group would cost $6,000.
Location: Los Angeles, California
Duration: June 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014
Submission Deadline: March 14, 2014 11:59pm PST