Artist in Residency Zack Settel at the IAIA Digital Dome 2014

Zack Settel at the IAIA Digital Dome ~ March 31st – April 11th 2014 

 Zack Settel studied at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts, Valencia, USA) and received a BFA in music composition. He has composed music for film, video, television, concert pieces, musical theater, studio works, opera and dance. Settel was interested in how music was used and the technical side of music production and performance. He moved to Paris with a Fulbright scholarship at IRCAM (the Institute for Research and the Coordination of Acoustics and Music) to further his music and composition skills. Settel’s music uses live interactive electro-acoustic systems.

In recent years Settel has collaboration with students and other artists helping them to develop a set of 3D model bone-like components for the construction of a mobile made of bones and 3D models for background. The display is shown in an enclosed dome for audio-visual projection space. Audio is generated by models that simulate sounds of acoustic strings, skins, metals or wood. Musical interaction via this movement results in sonic recombination. This creates a record of the users interaction, in which the presence of each contributing visitor is reflected visually and sonically. Incorporating physical models for sound synthesis, 3D audio-visual, whose elements make sound when they collide.

Zack Settel founded and directed the research group sound immersion of the Society for Arts and Technology in Montreal (SAT), where he is still active as an artist in residence and consultant.

Artist Residency Interactive Display

The work, “Bone Jam” will be developed in the context of an artistic residency in through ~ March 31st – April 11th 2014, at the INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN INDIAN ARTS Digital Dome, and subsequently completed at the SAT in May. It will then be presented at the Currents Festival in Santa Fe, NM, in June 2014. IAIA students will be invited to a lecture and demonstration of interactivity in the Digital Dome.

Here is some links to Zack Settels work:

~ Music in Motion

~ The Making of le road opéra Alexandra par Zack Settel et Yan Muckle

~ Sound Wall

A study of live musical interaction using a 3D audiovisual scene graph framework.

~ 4dMix3

A short documentation on an installation piece, where, visitor movement in the real space extends, and is is projected into, a surrounding audiovisual 3D space, where musical interaction occurs.

~ Ball Train: Music of structured movement

An explanation of the artist’s basic concept for spatial music

Institute of American Indian Arts upcoming Virtual Museum

The Institute of American Indian Arts is working on a Virtual Museum for the Digital Dome to showcase student’s artwork within the museums archives. Once the art is finished it will be able to be shown as 3D models of; painting, sculptures, pottery and other works. Delfino Castillo is an IAIA student, who has taken the CINE 392 A Interactivity for the Dome in Fall of 2013.


When asked what was he currently working on?

Delfino : I’m working with a 3D program called Maya, creating a virtual museum in order to make the dome more interactive. When done, you’ll be able to use game controllers within the dome to move around in the building.

What are you making the virtual museum for?

Delfino: We are making the dome more interactive and designing our own virtual museum for IAIA student artwork. The building is our own design that we put 3D models of all the work we have stored in the IAIA student archives. We will also put the 360 Panorama spheres and fisheye projects from the current Intro to Dome Production class in the virtual museum. So far I have designed the building, stairs, benches, a fire pit pillars and floor textures. The building resembles a Zia symbol. I’d also like to include spaces for sculptures, water, and plants to make the space more alive.

How long does the modeling 3D process take?

Delfino : I just began 3D modeling starting at the beginning of the semester when the class started. It’s a time consuming process but once you get a hold of it, it’s a lot faster. There are a lot of things you can copy and paste, or mirror images, so there are a lot of short cuts you can take. 

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Fall 2013 Digital Dome Student Interviews

The Institute of American Indian Arts offers an Introduction to Dome Production class.
We’ve asked three students currently taking the course to share some insight.

Denise Lynch
What are you learning in the Digital Dome class here at IAIA?

I’m learning how to look at things holographically and think holistically. Also learning how to apply that with state of the art equipment and being in a dome environment. It’s changing how I see things, when I have an impulse to an image, what that image says to me or what I like about it and helping me expand aesthetic of what would fit in the dome.

What is interesting about the dome?

I’m learning what the dome likes. Animals and landscape is predominantly what I do within my artwork. Able to take some of my own intimate artistic views with fisheye and how they interface with the dome, how artistically they would be presented in a dramatic way.
The dome is a very dramatic tool and dramatic space.
I start with sound and then go deeper with image, which the dome is very inviting for that territory.
The dome is kind of like being in utero; it is a space with a lot of sound and feeling.

What is challenging?

The challenge is how to get depth of field in the dome. Trying to gently allure people into the dome, which is conducive to planets and stars. The space can be intimate or too loud, so in between is where I’m trying to find my voice. It’s going to take a while; it’s such a leap of technology. It’s not outer space. It’s inner space.

Jennifer Benson
What are you learning in the Digital Dome class here at IAIA?

Learning to use DLSR cameras, the Gigapan, the Nodal Ninja and the programs that process these panoramas such as PTGUI, Photoshop and Maya.

What is interesting about the dome?

I like to learn new technology. I like to work in the dome, which I want to learn more about how to use.

What is challenging?

The most challenging is learning new programs at a fast rate but it works out in the end. It’s hard at first and then it gets easier, it makes sense when you finish.

Brian Bolman
What are you learning in the Digital Dome class here at IAIA?

In the Digital Dome we’re learning how to work with multiple panoramas. A panoramic image is mimicking the way that we can see everything, from the left periphery to the right periphery. Cameras see squares, so we are piecing all these squares together like a puzzle.

What is interesting about the dome?

You look at things differently. It’s fun to look at still images that we’re ultimately going to animate. We are learning these little bits along the way that we will then build off of those to do more things in the dome.

What is challenging?

The challenge is making the time to sit down, troubleshoot and work with different images. One needs to get comfortable with the software, such as figuring out any shortcuts, because these are the tools that we are going to make our art with. You want to know how to use them.

Interviews by Angel Mills



Dome Production I students and instructors

Left to right: Brian, Craig, Delfino, Julia, Denise, Dusty, Alicia, Jennifer, Angel, Alfred, Mats


The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), the Southwestern Association for Indian Affairs (SWAIA) and IAIA presented Coral: Rekindling Venus, a full-dome installation exploring coral reef ecosystems and the effects of environmental stresses, at noon and 1 p.m. August 16 in IAIA’s Digital Dome as part of SWAIA’s 2013 Native Cinema Showcase. The screening was a total success with all seats filled in the Dome for the two screenings.

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New Media Arts internship in Dome Production in June/July 2013


Dome internship at ARTS Lab at the University of New Mexico and the Digital Dome at The Institute of American Indian Arts. A six week fulltime 9 am – 6 pm paid internship program with four students from IAIA and four from UNM. Students will learn to create immersive media for the fulldome multi-projection and surround sound environment. This summer’s internship will be focused on learning advanced production techniques and creating a unique environmental public service announcement (PSA) for the fulldome industry. Areas of study: Photography (spherical, panoramic and HDR); cinematography; editing; 3D modeling and animation (camera mapping and virtual set development); compositing and color grading; image manipulation; surround sound and motion graphics.

Students worked on two PSA’s about Water Conservation. We divided students into two teams with two IAIA and two UNM ArtsLab students in each team. Each team went from project idea, brainstorming, idea development, storyboarding to production with; spherical and panoramic photo in HDR (students went to different locations in New Mexico fitting for their project); filming HD footage in the green screen space at ArtsLab (including setup of desert scene with actors and props and a Native American dance scene) ; 3D animation in Maya; 2D animation and compositing with Fulldome plugin in After Effects; recording voice over at IAIA sound studio adding sound effects and music to projects and mix in surround sound) finally editing together high rez 4k film renders from After Effects in Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere for fulldome distribution. Instructors are very impressed with the students ambition level, commitment to finishing project and skills sets for different part of the productions. Fulldome films will be uploaded to IMERSA and the Fulldome database.

Students at work


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Still from one of the fished dome projects

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Institute of American Indian Arts Digital Dome Hosts Currents 2013 Santa Fe International New Media Festival

Each year, thousands of people come to Santa Fe to take part in Currents which hosts work from emerging new media artists from around the world. The IAIA Digital Dome became a partnering venue in 2011 and has provided an interactive space for multimedia installations. The festival dates this year were June 14-30th with a successful turnout of over 5,000 people in attendance. The Digital Dome hosted screenings for four screening dates and seating for each show was full to capacity. Mats Reiniusson, the Digital Dome & Productions Manager, arranged a successful, free continuous shuttle from El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe located in the Railyard District to the IAIA campus.

Exhibition times at the IAIA Digital Dome:

2-5 p.m June 15

2-5 p.m June 16

2-5 p.m June 22

2-5 p.m June 29

Opening reception for artists was at 3 p.m June 15th.

Artists whose work was shown at the IAIA Digital Dome:

Audri PhillipsMigrations

Axel StraschnoyKilpisjärvellä

Bart Woodstrup and Curtis BahnUnder Saraswarti River

Claudi Cumbie-Jones and Lance Ford JonesInformation

Lance Ford JonesChromasatya

Rose GenerazioPressure

Sarah Choo JingThe Hidden Dimension

Staffing Changes at the Digital Dome @ IAIA

Mats Reiniusson has been appointed as the Digital Dome & Production Resources Manager. He has extensive experience in

  • experimental animated film production
  • sound for film television
  • surround sound for art installations
  • music for film and media arts
  • interactive and digital arts production

Mats has worked with IAIA’s New Media Arts department, Academic Technology and the Digital Dome since 2010 collaborating with former New Media Arts department chair Carlos Peinado and former dome manager Ethan Bach.