4331Re: [fulldome] Re: mind-blowing immersive visual music experiences - experience of
- Dec 17, 2013I think there's another issue at play too - even in places where the facility staff and administration are solidly in favor of this kind of artistic programing, (speaking from personal experience on a project that fell through) access to enough time on the right hardware and software to prepare and test the content, and enough time to set up in the dome....and so forth....They are often exposed to exhibits and education while waiting for the show or to a short sky tour at the beginning of the otherwise entertainment program, which may draw out an interest in someone they don't know (or remember) that they had...Often, I think it comes down to what feels right to one or 2 decision makers - and much of this can be argued in many ways - for instance:I agree with Mario,I think that often institutions can have a very narrow view of what it is appropriate for them to do, or what fits their mission in various ways. Obviously and fortunately this is not the case everywhere, but it seems to be the case in too many places I've been.
I would suggest that if someone comes to the planetarium for an music or art event and enjoys it, they are more likely to engage with the institution in lots of other possible ways at other events....
I've wanted to do a dome version of The Planets (the Holst Suite) performed live (the composer did a 4 hands/1paino arrangement of it) but, to do that in a way that I would be remotely comfortable inviting concert pianists to do it would mean getting a grand piano in the dome. That in it's self isn't hard in a dome with some removable seating or flexible space, but they'd have to be willing to give up that space for 2-3 days so the piano can acclimate to the temp/humidity and be tuned properly. That was a nonstarter in the conversation I had about doing this - which I totally understand.
But even if that got solved, getting enough time on a workstation to program and then in the dome to test the content would also be a problem (at least in this situation). Even if the manufacturer was supportive and allowed me a time limited license of the software so I could have a setup to work with at home to do the programing, I don't own hardware that's powerful enough to be the render machine - even just for previewing...
and as is so often the case in the arts - there's not much in the way of $ available.
And yes - I understand that there are lots of ways to produce content for the dome, and that some of them I do have the compute power available for... this is an unusual case because the visuals would be so heavily astronomical - but at the same time, it also has a particular tie in to the "typical" role of a planetarium because of that.
Before I finish rambling here, I do want to mention that I've done a projection design for The Planets (on a single, flat screen) twice in the last few years with live orchestras (most recently with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in Dublin, Ireland a few weeks ago) and what I did would not have been possible without incredible support from SkySkan in allowing me to use DigitalSky2 for some major sequences.
So I think this is a difficult thing all the way around, but I also think we need to keep asking and keep finding ways to collaborate to make art in the dome. It's hard to be hopeful about that working sometimes, but then again, sometimes it works perfectly...
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