Death created time to grow the things that it would kill.
Morphos 2014 event at the Vortex Dome.
This was an excellent opportunity to meet a lot of really interesting artists and experiment with the new dome format. An artist in residence hosted by Vortex with creative direction by Ethan Bach, included the talents of such artists as Lawrence Curtis, Torie Zalben, Jakob LeBaron, and Marina Masic. I was lucky enough to be a collaborator on a few of these pieces including that of my artist and friend, Ganesh Rao’s piece, Being.
Many of the pieces explored the idea of creating an immersive space meant to incite the experience of shared consciousness. The initial concepts for Being heavily centered around creating an iterative and evolving flow of information between dancer, computer, and the audience. The above piece is a prototype of this idea which we hope to continue to build on and show at other domes across the United States. This piece showcases Ganeh’s continued interest in experimenting with new forms of perception as well as creating new forms of mythology.
The dome is a 360 degree experience meant to immerse by encouraging a much more participatory response from the audience as they are invited to engage by craning their necks upward to look around them in order to fully experience the piece. The beauty of each piece in the dome format is that each person experiences a show from their own unique perspective. This flies in the face of traditional film where the experience is designed to be a uniform experience viewed on a flat surface and thusly many of the traditional methods of telling a story become obsolete or change drastically.
For me as a storyteller, I am intrigued by the possibility of creating a meaningful and interesting narrative in this format. The kind of stories that can be told and how they are told is unknown at this point, but that is half the fun of working in this format as we are literally creating the lexicon and workflow as we go. For me especially, I like this format in that it can introduce new perspectives in hopes to allow the audience a glimpse into that of another person’s or even object’s viewpoint. Immersion and losing oneself into a story is great importance to me and I think this format adds a new dimension to that. If anything working in the dome format is a good step towards the ultimate goal, which is to create a short film for 360 degree VR to be utilized by headsets like the Oculus Rift.
Ganesh and I both hope to continue working in this format to see what we can do with it. I thank the Vortex Dome and Ethan Bach for allowing me to help on these projects and to hopefully become an official member of the dome creative community. This an exciting time to be a storyteller in the digital world.
Photography by Lee Bacak Jr. To see more photos please visit his website here at http://www.leebacak.com/morphos-2014
Swaying and sleepy as I sailed home on the bus, melting with sorrow and loveliness, a starry ache that lifted me above the windswept city like a kite: my head in the rainclouds, my heart in the sky.
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
Here’s a trailer for an upcoming feature film which I was lead cinematographer for. This is my first feature film to be lead cinematographer for and it was a great learning experience. We were able to successfully fund it through Kickstarter, so now it’ll go through post-production and coloring to be released sometime next year. Here’s to seeing you at the premiere!
After getting laid off from his 9-5 corporate job, a regimented young man joins his best friend’s startup and is forced to rediscover who he is through the personal and professional turmoil of being an entrepreneur. To learn more: areyoufunemployed.com
Fight Club minus Tyler Durden
Unfortunately, my interest in Alan Watts has only begun and I guess I wish it could have been sooner. Since my introduction to Watts with Spike Jonze’s her, I have been intrigued by his voice with it’s seemingly immense amount of wisdom, packed into such simple messages. I hope to learn how to become more like prickly goo.