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Digital Dome

The IAIA Digital Dome is a unique space to learn new applications for creative expression, scientific and technical exploration, and the merging of art and technology. It is also unique in the world as the only articulating dome which can move 90 degrees and be positioned in multiple locations for different viewing experiences. IAIA has joined the international full-dome consortium to link our programming and knowledge formation with others across the country and the world experimenting in ways in this immersive environment.

Digital Dome Hardware

  • Black box 41′ (width) x 41′ (width) x 31′ (ceiling height)
  • 24′ (width) x 12′ (height) digital dome
  • Sky-Skan digital system including 6 projectors, 8 computers, and DigitalSky 2 software
  • The unique vDome interactivity and playback software developed at IAIA on a 12-core Mac tower (for audio) and two high end PC for 4k playback and interactivity using various software like Unity and Resolume
  • 15.1 surround system with Motu 828MK3 30 channel audio interface Tascam DM-3200 mixer for live performance
  • 30 moveable gaming chairs with a total seating of 55 in the dome
  • Power regulated by Eaton Powerware 9155 UPS

In addition to serving the students, faculty, and staff, the Digital Dome is available for artists, researchers, and teams of art technology collaborators. Contact the Digital Dome Manager for more information. The Digital Dome along with the IAIA campus offers a host of resources to accommodate your project or event.

Past Happenings

List of Events

IAIA Digital Dome—Scatter Their Own

Fri, December 2, 2016, 8:00 am5:00 pm

Closing out the semester, and a year of great performances, was Scotti Cliff (Oglala Lakota) and family who form the musical group Scatter Their Own from Pine Ridge Sioux Nation in South Dakota.

IAIA Digital Dome—Performing Arts Students and Jai Rideout

Fri, November 18, 2016, 6:30 pm8:00 pm

IAIA’s Performing Arts Department presented Acting I Fall Final Jazz and Theatre in the IAIA Digital Dome, featuring skits from popular classical radio, TV shows, as well as from popular movies followed by a live musical performance from the IAIA Music Club with special guest saxophonist, Jai Rideout.

IAIA Digital Dome—Music Club Performance

Fri, November 11, 2016, 6:00 pm8:00 pm

IAIA Students from the IAIA Music Club performed inside the IAIA Digital Dome to an all ages audience. Artists in included Dakota Yazzie (Navajo Nation), Page Hannan (Shinnecock), Kevin Wright (Muskogee Creek), Kyleton Wichapa (Tohono O’odham), and Digital Dome Manager Mats Reiniusson on bass guitar.

IAIA Digital Dome—Frank Waln and the Sampson Brothers

Fri, November 4, 2016, 7:00 pm9:00 pm

Music, spoken word, and dance performance at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Digital Dome featuring Frank Waln and the Sampson Brothers. Additionally, workshops will be happening the day of the event.

IAIA Digital Dome—Madina Nawabi

Fri, September 16, 2016, 6:00 pm8:00 pm

The IAIA Digital Dome hosted the first of the 2016–2017 school year scheduled performances, with the student organized IAIA Music Club. The performance featured a combination of live music and spoken word, as well a special guest appearance from local poet Madina Nawabi.

IAIA Digital Dome—Cypher Dome: A Multimedia Performance and Art Improvisation

Sat, May 7, 2016, 7:30 am9:30 pm

The Cypher Dome is a performance combining the sounds of jazz, indigenous rhythms, and spoken word poetry. The “Speaking Truth In Power” poetry class and special guest performance artists will accompany an eclectic combination of musicians to create an improvised performance art installation.


IAIA Digital Dome—World-Renowned Percussionist Z’EV in Concert

Wed, March 9, 2016, 7:30 pm9:30 pm

The IAIA Digital Dome will host world–renowned percussionist Z’EV and his latest production “CINEmotion” on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at 7:30 pm. Free admission and open to the public.

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