The collaborative art team of Ethan Bach, J Craig Tompkins and Charles Veasey are pleased to announce that The Royal Road Project has been accepted into two shows in early 2015. This interactive media installation has been traveling since 2012 and continues to captivate viewers. The Royal Road Project will be exhibited as part of the Staff and Faculty Show at the Institute of American Indian Arts at the Edge Gallery, 83 Avan Nu Po Road, Santa Fe 87508 and will run from February 26 through March 26, 2015. The Royal Road Project then journeys down I-25 to exhibit as part of the Experiments in Cinema Festival at the Guild Cinema Lobby at 3405 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque 87106 and will run April 15 – 19, 2015. Then this project about the Southwest heads to Seattle to partake in the Seattle Transmedia & Film Festival from May 1 – 9, 2015.
The artists spent days shooting along the El Camino Real Trail de Tierra Adentro from El Paso, Texas to Taos, New Mexico documenting the trail at least every 15 miles. The trail, which began as an Indigenous foot path, became a treacherous road for the first Spanish settlers. Wagons and trains followed. Travelers now speed down I-25 running parallel to one of the most significant trails in early North American history without even a thought. The Royal Road Project encourages one to take time, slow down and understand the beauty and contemplate it’s history and the complexity of contemporary cultural relationships of New Mexicans and beyond.
The Royal Road Project is an interactive digital installation created from video, audio, custom made software and a unique panoramic monitor. Artists Bach, Tompkins and Veasey have worked together in innovative media projects since 2006. Together, their media creations, including a documentary on Transgender individuals, an online geolocative sound map, and interactive video and audio installations, have been shown nationally and internationally at locations including the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Santa Fe Complex, Aqua Art at Art Basel Miami and Electrocuciones Electrocution in Madrid.
The Royal Road Project premiered at the the Centennial Project Space in Santa Fe, New Mexico and two projectors to map the video to meet in the corner of two adjacent walls. The the artists premiered a customized panoramic monitor which offers a plug and play ease of use that incorporates the interactivity of the original piece for the showings at Aqua Art: Art Basel Miami. The piece has also shown at New Mexico State Arts at Bataan Memorial Building, CURRENTS: Santa Fe International New Media Festival, and for Composites at Science Museum of Oklahoma.
Installation media art has never been so sleek and easy. The Royal Road Project is create to be an easy and durable interactive video installation. The custom panoramic monitor is sharp and eye catching. The custom made software allows the installer to simply hook up the components and start the computer. Everything starts up and you have your very own interactive piece of digital art.
About the Monitor:
This LED backlit monitor is 38″ long and 9.5″ high with 1080p resolution (just half as tall). The monitor is perfect for panoramic video images, complimentary side-by-side video, and juxtaposing video clips to add dimensionality to the video image. The design is sleek and the image is sharp.
The rest of the The Royal Road Project Equipment:
We went all out with the equipment to deliver the best quality of electronics in this installation. Below is a description of what comes with the installation along with the pano monitor.
Bose Acoustimass 3 Series IV speaker system with mounting brackets
Pyle – Mini 2x75W Stereo Power Amplifier – PCA3
Logitech Webcam C270
Mini Computer with custom software for playback and interactivity.
We also include all necessary cables.