Ethan Bach is an artist living and working in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Denver, Colorado. He graduated from The Evergreen State College with a BA in Media Production and subsequently completed an MFA in Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Bach not only creates original artwork, but he pushes the boundaries of technology and media in the process.
Bach has presented at such international art events as Aqua Art Miami, Electrocuciones Electrocutions in Madrid, and the Bangalore Queer Film Festival. Ethan Bach has given formal talks on art and technology at the Bucharest International Biennial for Contemporary Art, New Media Caucus / CAA Conference presentation, and the ix Symposium (International Symposium on Immersion and Experience).
Ethan Bach is the CEO of Alt Ethos Ltd, Founder of Denver Arts + Technology Advancement, a Consultant at BETA arts LLC, and artist. Bach served at the Institute of American Indian Arts: College of Contemporary Native Arts as Principal Investigator for a DoD grant developing interactivity for fulldome and as research associate for an NSF grant developing tools, content, and curriculum for fulldome environments.
Ethan Bach has won awards from the Santa Fe Arts Commission, New Mexico Film Visions, and New Mexico Art in Public Spaces. He has sat on numerous art and film juries and is the producer of MORPHOS digital dome artist in residence. Dedicated to community development, Bach is currently in the process of designing an emerging art and technology community center in Denver.
My artwork is informed by my experiences with personal transformation through the lens of expanded media. From deeply personal artistic explorations on gender identity, to connecting people from across the globe creating collective telepresence art, one of my goals is to challenge people’s perceptions through the creation of unexpected experiences. Recent artistic projects include a publically funded five-foot interactive projection cube and the premiere of my digital memoir.
H.U.M.A.N., an interactive projection cube uses digital abstractions to represent modern times of climate change, cultural revolutions, and unveiling of corruption. Three dimensional orbs randomly flock around the cube until attracted to observers; playing on the notion that suffering is part of the human experience and that through the release of our attachments, we can find human connection and compassion. This project is the first collaboration with sculpture artist Don Kennell where we begin to fuse interactive projection with sculptural objects. H.U.M.A.N. premiered as part of FantaSe Fest 2016 and received funding through New Mexico Arts in Public Places.
Bodhi Life: A Transgender New Media Artist’s Memoir is an unfolding story of myself as a struggling video artist through bouts of depression and exploration and finding oneself through the eyes and experiences of a life that offered a variety of challenges and amazing gifts. My hope is that Bodhi Life will help others, both cis and transgender, to find more acceptance of themselves. Bodhi Life premiered as part of RedLine’s 48 Hours: An Exhibition on Socially Engaged Art in August 2016.
#HelloMyNameWas, a video from Bodhi Life, reclaims my entire life through morphing images of my face through over 40 years’ time. As a transgender person, I was taught that I should have shame about my history, I was taught I shouldn’t tell anyone my birth name, and I should appear as though I’ve had the same gender experience my entire life. Half of my life, I’ve been out as transgender and living in a way where I feel more comfortable in my own skin, but this expression does not negate the first half of my life. #HelloMyNameWas is about having ownership over my whole existence and being proud of my journey. #HelloMyNameWas recently showed as part of Currents New Media Festival in santa Fe, New Mexico.
As I move forward in my art practice, I continue to develop both artistically and consciously and use various forms of digital media for communication to broader audiences. Through my work, I endeavor to continue to promote self-examination, understanding, and connection. My work evolves as I continue to deepen my understanding of myself and the world through research, exploration, and spiritual development.