State of the Arts 2013

Artists & Participants

This year’s STATE OF THE ARTS: The Future of Fulldome features a variety of artists and musicians, many involved in the creation of 360 immersive experiences.

In order of appearance:

Ken Scott, 360 Visual Artist

Ken Scott exists to make Music for the Eyes.  Ken is a true Renaissance Man, moving easily between art, science, and technology.  As a teenager in the 1970’s, Ken set up house on the bleeding edge of computing and computer art, and never moved out.  He’s been obsessed with using computers to make art since the first time he sat in front of a teletype terminal.  Since then he’s created artwork on virtually every computer he’s encountered, and in every conceivable way.  From making a roomful of teletype printers “sing” to rendering dizzying animations for domes and virtual reality systems, from mesmerizing screensavers on tiny cellphones and desktops to synthesizing music and fractals on the world’s fastest supercomputers, the tapestry of Ken’s life holds a very simple and clear picture:  he just wants to blow your mind.

Ken’s prodigious expertise in all areas of computing and art have served him well in a 30+ year career in Silicon Valley.  His insatiable appetite for more and more compute power, and his penchant for being the first to create wild and crazy art on the latest exotic computer designs, has led him to work on all kinds of wild and crazy projects.  He asserts that there’s very little difference between building a supercomputer, building complex software, and designing music and 3D animation.  To him, they’re all just kinetic sculpture.  They all live and grow in the area of Ken’s brain that’s obsessed with that simple dream:  to make the most amazing, mind-boggling visual music the world has ever seen.

These days you’ll find Ken in his private lab in San Jose, California, surrounded by a half-dozen hand-built computers, all running custom-designed software he wrote himself, still creating mind-bending visuals and music, and still chasing that dream.  Ken makes Music for the Eyes.

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Michael Perricone – Tibetan Bells 

Born an entrepreneur, Michael, WGA, CSA, started his first company in high school. While playing guitar and bass in local bands he noticed the need for quality sound reinforcement in the area, so he launched Random Noise Sound Company. In college he decided to make sound his profession, switching majors and eventually moving to Hollywood.

Upon arrival, Michael took an assisting job in a 24-track studio and within a year became a mixer for major film and television music. Since then he’s recorded everyone from Joe Walsh and Alice Cooper to Johnny Mathis and Kermit the Frog. He also found a home in orchestral recording, becoming the scoring mixer for the run of several T.V. series. Not content with just music, he branched out into sound design for TV and film. He has sound edited, supervised or mixed on over three hundred hours of television and dozens of feature films.

Breaking out on his own in 1980, he worked independently until he took the role of Studio Manager at KSR Studios in Hollywood in 1982. While at the Hollywood-and-Vine location, he doubled the revenues of the facility by expanding services and implementing new technologies.

In 1985 he co-founded Interlock Studios in Hollywood, grew it into a 10,000 square-foot facility, billing over $1 Million per year and built a staff that topped out at 25 employees. A great manager of people and talent, he ran Interlock successfully for 17 years until he sold the company in 2002. It’s now called Larson Sound and remains successful today.

While running Interlock, he delved into another passion he’s always had, writing. His screenwriting credits include produced episodes of Paramount’s “Star Trek: Voyager”, Disney’s “In a Heartbeat”, Spelling’s “Savannah” and “Charmed”, the latter two for which he was on staff as Story Editor and Executive Story Editor respectively.

Michael also produced records in every genre, some making varied charts. James Arthur Johnson’s “Too Much is Never Enough” made it to number 4 on the dance charts. Billy Ray Austin made it to number 63 on the country charts. DivAria made it to number 4 on the classical charts of, and Jahna’s “Flower Duet from Lakmé was the number one download on iTunes from the “L Word: the Third Season” soundtrack.  Since selling Interlock, he’s returned to mixing. Recent music projects include surround mixing for Ben Harper, Diamond Rio, Jason Aldean, Megadeth and ZZ Top, among others.  In 2003, Michael became Director of Audio Post for Threshold Sound +Vision in Santa Monica, a position he held for 6 years.

In 2009 and in conjunction with David Marcus, Michael launched his newest facility, Lotus Post, a 6000 square-foot 6-studio sound and video facility in the heart of the Media District in Santa Monica, CA. There he supervised and mixed movies like “Hit and Run” (starring Dax Shepard. Kristen Bell and Bradley Cooper and released in 2800 theaters domestically), “Division III” and the “Victim”.

He is also the president and founder of Omstream, a successful online music destination site.  Recent film projects include co-producing and mixing for “Y Yoga Movie” along with screenwriting, mixing and music composition for “Pass the Baton.”

Jahna Perricone – Mindfulness Instructor, Musician

Antoine Bonsorte –  Visual Effects Artist, Musician

Audri Phillips –  Curator, Visual Artist and Creative Director

Audri Phillips is a visual poet/artist based out of Los Angeles.  Starting out as a painter she was quickly drawn to time based art. Always interested in using new tools she has been a pioneer of using computer animation/art in experimental film work. She enjoys creating  animations and paintings for single screen, multi screen, immersive environments, dance performances, performance spoken word (VJ Style), stereo projection and print.

Her  work has been shown at such places as; The Young Projects Gallery, The Los Angeles Film Forum at the Egyptian Theater, Siggraph  Animation Festival,  Siggraph Video Review, Not Still Art Film Festival, with the Louise Reichlin Dance company  and others. Besides numerous galleries  her paintings have been shown in  Madonna’s “Open Your Heart” video, The Beastie Boys, “Shadrach”(which she also art directed) and “Whatsupwitu” an Eddie Murphy, Michael Jackson animated video(which she also art directed), and Konchalosky’s “Shy People”.

Audri has worked  for over 20 years as an artist/digital artist in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles. Besides giving her credits on numerous feature films  working in the entertainment industry has given her a knowledge of  computer animation/visual effects that she has been able to use to advantage in her visual poetry work.  She has worked  at such major studios as Disney Feature Animation, Sony Imageworks,  DreamWorks Feature Animation, Rhythm and Hues, Digital Domain, and Electronic Arts as well as a number of small design boutiques.  Her production experience includes art direction/design/visual development /storyboards/color and lighting/efx/layout/modeling/compositing.

Currently, as well as her visual poetry work, she writes online content and a blog for Intel.  Audri is an Adjunct professor at Woodbury University,  a founding member of the Los Angeles Abstract Film Group, a board member of the Iota Center and she is also an exhibiting member of the LA Art Lab.  In 2011 Audri became a resident artist of Vortex Immersion Media and the c3: CreateLAB.

Audri and Stefan are recipients of a Grant through the c3: Center for Conscious Creativity to create a special 360 Immersive Dome Experience called THE BLUE APPLE.  They will be showcasing a portion of the piece during the event.

Elizabeth Yochim – Founder Participlay, Dancer

Participlay creator, Elizabeth Yochim, has been organizing participatory movement inspired events for the Los Angeles community and abroad for 10 years.

Participlay designs uniquely social, interactive, and participatory programming for museums and corporations. Participlay is for audiences of all ages ready to experience life and art in a new way.

Tim Hix – Director, VJ

Both as a director and as a visual performer, Tim Hix’s work has been presented and performed globally.  Credits include: The Cannes International Film Festival (2009), Vortex Immersion Dome, The New York Independent Film Festival (2008), Sasquatch Music Festival (2013), Bonaroo (2013), The Hammer Museum, Autumn Lights, IFQ Film and Video Festival (2011), LA Pride Fest (2012), The Whisky, The Roxy, Rolling Stone LA, Tipitinas, The Mint, Irving Plaza, Catalina’s jazz club, The Smell, The Echo/Echoplex, and Spaceland.

He perpetually expands his boundaries in a variety of visual genres. His background includes producing videos for cosmetic surgeons, directing for television (recent feature on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network), as well as touring with bands and DJ’s.  In 2013, Mr. Hix was visual designer for Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti North American tour.  He has worked and collaborated with musical artists in several genres including: Grammy award winner Taylor Dayne, Oprah, superstar Jake Simpson, American Idol Finalist Syesha Mercado, Alexander Hacke (Einstenzende Neubaten), Larry Thrasher (Psychic TV), Chuck Dukowski (Black Flag), Wino & The Obsessed, Lynn Johnston, Conscious Summary, Pacific Horizons,Clip’d Beaks, and Deap Valley.

Currently Mr. Hix is on staff at Vortex Immersion Media, performing and supervising The Vortex Dome, a 360 immersive venue based at Los Angeles Center Studios.

Brianna Amore – DJ/VJ, Creative Director

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Ian Downie – Technical Director, Curator, Digital Artist

Ian is a transformational storyteller and planetarium production designer with over 17 years experience in design, operation and management of touring teams and integrated technologies.

With a holistic design process and cross-discipline experience in all aspects of production management and technical directing, his deepest passion is producing shows in immersive video domes. Adept at innovating multi-sensory theatre production systems, he creates powerful experiences that impact people in unique, meaningful and lasting ways. Transmedia and immersive storytelling can then be used to awaken hearts, communicate our shared history and humanity and share profound ideas and inspiration.

A passion for environmental education and humanitarian causes inspired him to service work through documentary filmmaking, organizational development, knowledge mapping and strategic partnerships. Ian is also a communications consultant and web architect for NGO’s and conscious companies working to create synergy and abundance for a variety of philanthropic organizations.


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