June is proving to be an amazing month of activity for me in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I am honored to have two shows and be presenting a workshop. Make sure to check out my new work #HelloMyNameWas, a video from my digital memoir at Currents: The Santa Fe International New Media Festival. Currents opens June 10 and runs until June 26. As part of Currents, I join some amazing talent to present a workshop on preservation of media on Saturday, June 11. Finally, I am grateful to join the FantaSe Fest, a one day event on June 18. For FantaSe, I was awarded a New Mexico Public Arts grant that will help me actualize an interactive projection cube. See below for details and I hope to see you there! www.ethanbach.com
Currents Event Details
Friday, June 10 6:00 pm-12:00 am
Saturday, June 11 12:00 pm-12:00 am
Sunday, June 12 12:00 pm-7:00 pm
Currents runs through June 26
El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe
#HelloMyNameWas From Bodhi Life: A Transgender New Media Artist’s Digital Memoir
Single Channel Video
Currents 2016 @ El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe
#HelloMyNameWas is part of Bodhi Life: A Transgender New Media Artist’s Digital Memoir.
As a Transgender person, I was taught that I should have shame about my history; I shouldn’t tell anyone my birth name and I should appear as though I have had the same gender experience my entire life. I had gone so far in upholding these ideas, in perpetuating my feeling of shame, as to digitally alter past photos of myself to flatten my chest and shorten my hair. Half of my life I have 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. I have a right to be proud of my entire existence. Bodhi Life is about having ownership over my whole life and all of my experiences and to encourage others to do the same.
Workshop Event Details
The 1st-Mile Institute presents:
New (+ Old) Media: Restoration, Preservation, Archiving & Access
Best Practices for Cultural Institutions
Sat. June 11th, 10:30 – 3:30, at Warehouse 21
On opening weekend of CURRENTS 2016, the 1st-Mile Institute and invited guests will convene a special program on the critical issues, understandings and strategic actions needed for care of temporal/unstable media arts, digital collections and of our increasingly fragile cultural future.
Curators, conservators, archivists, collectors and others are encouraged to attend this one-day intensive, needs-based workshop, led by leading experts in the field.
Confirmed workshop leaders:
Ben Fino-Radin, Associate Media Conservator, MoMA, NYC
Mark Hellar, Hellar Studios, and SFMoMA consultant, San Francisco
Jeff Martin, Media Conservator/Archivist for the Kramlich Collection
Dale Kronkright, Chief Conservator, Georgia O’Keefe Museum, Santa Fe
Ethan Bach, BETA (immersive media), Denver/Santa Fe.
Thoma Foundation will host a reception for workshop participants on Saturday, June 11, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Art House, their exhibition space in Santa Fe.
FantaSe Fest Event Details
Saturday, June 18 6:00pm-12:00 am
De Vargas Park
FantaSe Fest 2016
Located in historic, downtown Santa Fe at the iconic DeVargas Park, FANTASE Fest is a unique nighttime event where a diverse mix of thousands of people gather to celebrate innovative art, performance, local food and music, and community engagement. Complementing the site-specific art installations that will be commissioned through the generosity of a NM Arts grant, the evening will also include local bands on two different stages, food trucks, a skate jam in the skate park, performances, and more!
Ethan Bach in collaboration with Don Kennell
FantaSe Fest 2016@ DeVargas Park
H.U.M.A.N. is an interactive projection cube that reflects the current state of human evolution. In these modern times of climate change, cultural revolutions, and unveiling of corruption the landscape is constantly changing. H.U.M.A.N. plays on the notion that suffering is part of the human experience and that it is through release of our attachments that we find human connection and compassion. H.U.M.A.N. allows the viewers to interact with strangers and share consciousness through the art of interactive display.
Special thanks to the team at Alt Ethos Ltd. for technical support and New Mexico Arts for the funding to make this possible.