Denver Arts + Technology Advancement and Fort Collins Museum of Discovery invites you to MORPHOS, a 360° immersive virtual experience featuring the world premiere of experimental immersive video art in Fort Collins and Denver. MORPHOS will take the audience on a unique virtual journey from a moving digital diorama to exploring a balance between nature and technology. MORPHOS will have two shows; Friday, October 7, 2015 at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery’s OtterBox Digital Dome Theater and Monday, October 10, 2016 at Denver Museum of Nature and Science’s Gates Planetarium. Doors open 6:30pm, show starts at 7pm and runs until 9:30pm.
MORPHOS art show will highlight immersive digital artwork from around the world beginning with an international reel of dome art followed by the MORPHOS artist-in-residence showcase. In it’s third year, MORPHOS will highlight five international artists in residence’s new work as a culmination of their month long residence. In Fort Collins, please enjoy the cash bar and special guests Alt Ethos providing live visuals and DJ mix.
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The International Artists in Residence include, the ever so talented; Liam Somerville (Australia), Drake Arnold (Colorado), Jodi Stuart (Colorado/New Zealand), Jonathan Womack (Washington), and Sam Stevens (Colorado). Each artist arrived in Denver and began their digital dome artist-in-residence on September 11. Artists receive training, access to equipment, and individual support in transforming their concepts and artwork into an amazing 360° immersive experience. We are excited to introduce this year’s MORPHOS Dome Artists in Residence projects:
Liam Somerville (Australia)
Liam Somerville is a South Australia based film-maker with strong DIY tendencies and wholly embraces the fuzzy, analogue visuals. Liam started Capital Waste Pictures in early 2012 after graduating from a UniSA Bachelor of Digital Media that same year. Liam has directed, produced, shot and edited many strange advertisements, immersive dome films, wild music film clips, nonsense webisode series’, arts and culture web videos, moving documentaries and other moving visual stimuli. His proposed work for MORPHOS is to create a fully immersive technicolor, tropical wonderland as a ‘fly-through’ of a fantasy, analog, tropical heaven. There will be sunny seascapes, friendly beach goers, sunbathing skeletons, fishing boats, umbrellas, wild animals and plenty of palm trees. The digital assets will be created through sampling old VHS tapes and creating textures using vintage, circuit-bent AV gear.
Drake Arnold (Colorado)
Drake Arnold is an artist working primarily in acrylic paint and digital media. He makes work that falls loosely between many genres, such as; psychedelic, fantasy, visionary, & surreal. Drake studied music composition at College of Central Florida in Ocala, Florida, where he was also born and raised. He later went on to get his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Tampa in Digital Art. Upon graduation, he worked as a graphics and motion designer creating corporate training animation videos for fortune 500 companies. His proposed work for MORPHOS is to create a short film for fulldome and VR as an abstracted narrative telling an ambiguous story through the imagery of his paintings and visual artwork. Some of the central themes of the film would involve “finding a balance between nature vs technology”, “integrating the past with our future”, and “creating a better vision of tomorrow”.
Jodi Stuart (Colorado/ New Zealand)
Jodi Stuart was born in 1971 and grew up in a small town on the East Coast of New Zealand. She attained a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland in 1999, and an MFA from Auckland University in 2001. Jodi moved to the United States with her family in 2010 and currently lives in Denver where she recently completed a two year artist-in-residence at RedLine Contemporary Art Center. Her work explores aspects of virtuality/physicality, place and presence through the view finders of new technologies. Her proposed work for MORPHOS is to bring an intense visceral/tactile viewer experience into this virtual medium. She will be inserting the body visually, through the use of appropriated imagery, as well as, experientially, through referencing the abject. By using Blender 3D she seeks to create an incoherent virtual landscape that is full of glitches and is baffling and disorienting.
Jonathan Womack (Washington)
Jonathan Womack a video artist living in Seattle, WA, working in a variety of formats and themes. His focus the last 4 years has been on generative and interactive video installation, while maintaining his love for analog systems and feedback patterns. He has shown work at Interstitial Gallery, CoCA and Cairo galleries, and have worked for Decibel Festival as a VJ and producer for the past 5 years. His proposed project for MORPHOS is an exploration of this new world of continuous surveillance, through our own selfies, security cameras, and the newly arriving gestural, interactive systems. He would like to help keep the conversation going about what this does to our sense of identity, and whether we can use this new technology to move art into new public arenas they could not exist in before, rather than solely becoming tools for marketing and advertising. Fulldome visuals allow a fully immersive environment to explore, test and build such ideas.
Sam Stevens (Colorado)
Sam Stevens is an artist whose goal and dream is to share inspiration, healing, peace and love. His focus is on creating spherical panoramic photography with the hope to bring back the viewer’s nostalgic memories and “Dreams Lost In Time”. His artwork is made to reflect both the dream world and different perspectives of reality. Sam’s art recreates the most precious dreams and experiences of his life in hopes of bringing the audience to recall their own experiences. His proposed project for MORPHOS is a nature-based virtual media and meditative entertainment to reconnect the audience with high definition, immersive nature based environments for inspiration, healing and relaxation.
The MORPHOS Artist in Residence was developed to help provide artists with the rare opportunity to have access to a digital dome while being trained and supported to create their work. It is our goal to diversify creative content for a growing audience while allowing artists to help spearhead this new technology as we move into a next level of the digital age.
Denver Arts + Technology Advancement (DATA) is a nonprofit organization who mission is Empowerment Through Creative Technology. Inspired by his work with MORPHOS, founder Ethan Bach created DATA in order to expand programming in 2017 to include k – 12 education, an immersive startup lab, and and 360° art distribution. The long-term goal for Denver Arts + Technology Advancement is to create a vanguard community center that cultivates and strengthens local community by putting research, education, creation and exhibition together under the same roof.
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About the Theaters:
The OtterBox Digital Dome Theater is located at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. The Digital Dome Theater displays breathtaking presentations on its immersive 35-foot diameter dome screen with surround sound. They offer daily planetarium shows during museum hours, DomeClub featuring evening shows of dome art and alternative content bimonthly, and biweekly DomeLab meetings where artists can learn production skills in the dome and develop their own dome art.
Gates Planetarium presents a view of the universe, using technology to tell science stories and help visitors experience the universe. The 125-seat planetarium features unidirectional, semi-reclining stadium seating, 16.4 surround-sound system featuring Ambisonic—a 3-D spatial sound system, and a perforated metal dome, 56 feet in diameter and tilted 25 degrees. Gates just upgraded their projector system for a 8 projector system at just under 5k projection. With this recent upgrade, that just went online September 20, 2016, Alt Ethos is going to do their best in order to get the planetarium hookup with with their dome art server for the event. This will allow for live interactive dome art like VJing, gaming, and gestural control.
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