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Re: "meaningful media"

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  • Hue Walker Bumgarner-Kirby
    My Goodness Ed!!! I didn t know you could write like that!! heartfelt I am sure!!! yes... the FD within IPS does indeed remind me of a SIG... a good model...
    Message 1 of 59 , Sep 30, 2006
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      My Goodness Ed!!! I didn't know you could write like that!! heartfelt I am
      sure!!!

      yes... the FD within IPS does indeed remind me of a SIG... a good model...

      and Siggraph is a great place for this community to meet... maybe not to be
      housed... but certainly to meet...

      and I also think we need to educate as to the value of "entertainment"... of
      course most of the money chasing tripe that comes out of Hollywood is really
      not welcome in our domes... but our audiences need "educated" about passion,
      and beauty, and glory, and caring, and and and at least as much as they need
      educated about the cosmos... and I'd hate to see art for the dome labeled
      "merely entertainment"...

      Art Museums are full of material that uplifts as much as any NH&S Museums...
      and it ALL belongs in our domes! I spend everyday as an "artist among
      scientists" and we have all learned to appreciate the "meaningfulness"
      inherent in everything we do on both sides of that increasingly meaningless
      divide between "art" and "science"... the only division which really seems
      to resonate for us, which seems at all valid in trying to differentiate art
      and science is the "why" or "how" leaning.... but we are all simply
      expending energy trying to understand ourselves and our place...

      but then... I know I'm "preaching to the choir" on this list.... been really
      enjoying the postings lately!!!

      --
      Hue Walker Bumgarner-Kirby
      Multi Media Development Specialist
      ARTS Lab
      University of New Mexico
    • Mike Murray
      My own feeling is that the evolution of fulldome production and funding models can (and should) help to advance the professionalism and diversity of what IPS
      Message 59 of 59 , Oct 4, 2006
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        My own feeling is that the evolution of fulldome production and funding
        models can (and should) help to advance the professionalism and diversity of
        what IPS does. Securing larger budgets and establishing effective
        collaborations are a part of the picture, but they are also a matter of
        perspective. Museum and planetarium staffs have a long history of finding
        ingenious and resourceful ways of producing content - you don't need a
        million+ dollars to do a good show. It's about finding good talent and
        developing an efficient way to do it right, which leads me to a thought I
        want to share about content creation...

        When the infusion of slide and special effects projectors exploded into
        planetariums in the 60's and 70's, suddenly everyone wanted to be a "show
        producer." Unfortunately, most staff at the time (me included) had academic
        or technical backgrounds but that didn't stop us from thinking we could
        produce great programs. In many cases, we were wrong. Scientific training
        did little to teach us good communication skills or the basics of visual and
        aural literacy. I only learned because my father was a stage actor/radio
        personality and my mother was an artist! And even then I produced a lot of
        crap before getting reasonably effective at it.

        My point is this: We can learn a lot by opening our doors (and minds) to
        other professional organizations and companies that produce similar kinds of
        media. I'm not talking about emulating the inefficient Hollywood model, but
        pulling some of the fundamental elements of cinematic writing and
        visualizing and reshaping them for the dome environment. The planetarium
        business needs to be less like a closed door incestuous industry and more
        "connected" with the larger media world. IPS has already made some great
        strides in that direction by developing closer relationships with NASA, ASP,
        AAS and others thanks to the forward-minded efforts of Martin Ratcliffe, Jon
        Elvert, and Jim Manning. The leaders of fulldome can do a lot to pull IPS
        along in other crucial areas, including those that are not purely
        "educational." I believe it can and should be a symbiotic relationship.

        For what it's worth,
        Mike.

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        Mike Murray
        Programs Manager
        Clark Planetarium
        110 South 400 West
        Salt Lake City, UT 84101
        (801) 456-4949
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