David McConville (US)


Sunday May 25 - 9:00
Espace SAT
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David McConville (US)


A conference by David McConville (Buckminster Fuller Institute) on the theme "Valorization & Sharing", Saturday, May 24 from 9 am to 12 am along side panelists Ethan Bach (US), Luc Courchesne (CA), Patrick Dubé (CA), Phil Mayor (UK), Ryan Wyatt (US) and Thomas Dunke (DE).

Continue de discussion at : platoreso.sat.qc.ca


David McConville is a media artist who designed immersive visualization experiences to provide new perspectives on humanity’s home in the cosmos. He is President of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, a non-profit organization facilitating convergences across design, art, science, and technology to identify and cultivate whole systems strategies for addressing complex global challenges.

He is also co-founder of The Elumenati, a full service design and engineering firm specializing in the development and deployment of immersive projection environments for clients ranging from art festivals to space agencies, and creative director of the Worldviews Network, a collaboration of artists, scientists, and educators using storytelling and visualization to facilitate dialogues about community resilience in science centers across the United States.



Ethan Bach (US)


Ethan Bach, Creative Director, is internationally known for his media art which is primarily in immersive and interactive media. He received his MFA in Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Bach was the Digital Dome Director at the Institute of American Indian Arts where he served as Principal Investigator for a DoD grant developing interactivity for fulldome and as research associate for a National Science Foundation grant developing tools and content for fulldome environments.

Bach has run AIR programs for domes as well as curated shows for such events as the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), the New Media Caucus and Currents International New Media Festival.


Luc Courchesne (CA)


Luc Courchesne is a founding member of the Society for Arts and Technology [SAT], and has been professor of industrial design at the Université de Montréal since 1989, where he introduces students to media literacy and the various issues of experiential design. His work focuses primarily on interactive portraits - a great artistic tradition looking for new ways of expression.

He has more recently focused his attention on landscapes, another important genre. Using a device of his own that creates a sense of visual immersion, his installations and “panoscopic” images transform the spectator into an “acting visitor” who even come to "inhabit" his experiential devices.


Patrick Dubé (CA)


Following a Masters in Anthropology of Uses and PhD studies in Geomatics, Patrick Dubé started a career in the field of numeric medical applications. Since 2006, he guides organizations in their creative and innovative practice development. Since September 2013, he co-directs research and open innovation projects at the Society for Arts and Technology [SAT].

He’s also active in the international community of design and development of models, strategies and co-creative methodologies, and in the creation of projects for intelligent cities. He is now president of the Montréal Living Labs coordinating group.


Phil Mayer (UK)


Philip Mayer (UK) is a digital artist, a structural engineer and Fulldome fanatic. From a background in 3D animation for broadcast television, he began his career as a performing artist in the early 1990s, as a VJ during the emergence of the Jungle / DnB music scene in England. Together with Ben Stern, he is a co-founder of GaiaNova Ltd, an organisation specialising in the creation and realisation of large-scale moving image artworks for live events. In 2005, he founded Gaiaspace Structures, a design and engineering company that produces geodesic domes for the touring events market.

Combining his passion for pixels and his passion for domes, in 2010 he co-founded Fulldome UK (FDUK), a not-for-profit organisation that aims to celebrate and promote the emerging field of Fulldome art. FDUK holds an annual Fulldome festival, which has been hosted at a number of planetariums across the UK, and in 2013 they took the festival on tour to Kaluga, Russia. As Fulldome artists, Phil and Ben are also participants in the European Mobile Dome Lab (EMDL) project.


Thomas Dumke (DE)
Ryan Wyatt (US)


Ryan Wyatt assumed his role as Director of Morrison Planetarium and Science Visualization at the California Academy of Sciences in April 2007. Ryan wrote and directed the Academy’s three award-winning fulldome features, Fragile Planet (2008), Life: A Cosmic Story (2010), and Earthquake: Evidence of a Restless Planet (2012). Prior to arriving in San Francisco, Ryan worked for six years as Science Visualizer at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, contributing to the fulldome productions The Search for Life (2002) and Cosmic Collisions (2006).

Ryan’s hand-drawn fulldome short, “Dome Sketch,” received the experimentation award at the 2005 DomeFest. Ryan has worked to develop standards and “best practices” in the planetarium community, and he is one of the Founding Directors of IMERSA (Immersive Media Entertainment, Research, Science & Arts), which celebrates and promotes immersive digital experiences for education and entertainment in planetariums, schools, museums, and attractions.