BT Exhibit & Immersive Theater Design Seminar 2020

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**** UPDATE: An additional session has been added on Friday, March 27 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Read more about this session below...

Have great exhibit idea? Want to design a first-rate planetarium? Want to create memorable immersive experiences for the visually impaired? Want to know the best way to get it done and make your budget go farther?

On March 25-26, 2020, Bowen Technovation will host another of our unique exhibit and immersive theater design meetings. We are inviting administrators and exhibit designers from museums, science centers, architectural and exhibit design firms, cultural/nature center/state park staff, planetarium managers/technicians, etc.

March 25, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Welcome Reception @ Butler University Holcomb Observatory & Planetarium
March 26, 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. - The Learning Curve @ Indianapolis Public Library - Central Library - 40 East Saint Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204

The detailed workshop sessions are the most important part of The Seminar. These are conducted by BT staff, personnel from major manufacturers and by exhibit project managers with whom we have worked. At this year's seminar are: . In our previous events, those who attended reported they received a terrific collection of useful information.

Attendance is free.
See the list of valued sponsors at the end of this page.
Food and drink for lunch and breaks are provided.

Registration is required at

Registration is limited to the first 100 registrants.

An additional Q&A and Instructional session has been added on Friday, March 27 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Bowen Technovation headquarters. During this session, we will have an informal town hall type forum where attendees can ask specific questions about their AstroFX systems and get instruction from Bowen staff on those systems. We will have AstroFXAudio, AstroFXAurora, and AstroFXCommander systems set up to show the attendees the operation of the systems in direct regards to the questions asked or instruction requested. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

For more information or answers to other questions, contact us at (317) 863-0526 or

The Workshop Classroom

A spacious auditorium classroom setting will allow BT staff and invited industry specialists to conduct classes focusing on new technologies and production methods as they relate to exhibit and presentation systems. A workbook will be handed out.
These are intended as professional development workshops, not sales pitches, and will include classes on the topics listed below.

Details about the Workshops

The Exhibit Areas

We have invited a very select group of firms with whom we regularly work, and they will be exhibiting in an area just outside the auditorium entrance. We have dedicated 90 minutes at lunch time and two 15 minute breaks for you to visit these.

Details about the Booths & Exhibitors

The Reception

Want to see a modern domed theater in operation? Or want to view the heavens though Indiana’s largest telescope? For those who arrive the evening of the 25th we plan to hold an open house reception at the newly upgraded Holcomb Observatory & Planetarium at Butler University. See details below.

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Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, March 25

1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Reception at Butler University Holcomb Observatory & Planetarium

Wednesday, March 25
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Sponsored by: Bowen Technovation, Digitalis Education Solutions, and Butler University

Visit the newly upgraded digital Holcomb Planetarium and experience their fabulous digitally controlled upgraded telescope systems. Director Dr. Brian Murphy and assistant director Rick Brown will discuss the more recent refurbishment of the largest telescope in the state and the renovation of the planetarium including demos of their new Digitarium digital immersive projection systems, AstroFX lighting, sound and control.

Thursday, March 26

The Learning Curve @ Indianapolis Public Library - Central Library - 40 East Saint Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204
8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Welcome Session. Schedule Changes. Refreshments sponsored by Bowen Technovation.
9:00 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. Workshop T-1 ● “Script Development from A to Z”
9:45 a.m. - 10:25 a.m. Workshop T-2 ● "How to Direct, Record and Edit Narrative Talent for Exhibits”
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Workshop T-3 ● “STEM and STEAM for Domed Immersive Theaters”
11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Break sponsored by Irwin Seating and Astro-tec. Look thru sponsor exhibits.
11:45 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. Workshop T-4 ● "Touchscreens with Feel”
12:20 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Workshop T-5 ● "This Exhibit Message is Clear"
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Lunch sponsored by Harman Pro, Tascam, and Newline Interactive. Look thru sponsor exhibits.
2:30 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. Workshop T-6 ● "Digital Video, Audio & Control for Exhibits"
3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Workshop T-7 ● "Projecting Video in Tight Spaces?"
4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Break sponsored by Cortina Productions. Look thru sponsor exhibits.
4:15 p.m. - 4:55 p.m. Workshop T-8 ● "Brighten Your Visitor Experiences"
4:55 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Workshop T-9 ● “Interactive Multitouch Tables And How to Use Them"
5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. "It's a Wrap!"
Welcome Session. Schedule Changes. Refreshments.
Thursday, March 26
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Sponsored by Bowen Technovation

“Script Development from A to Z”
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Workshop T-1
9:00 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.
Panel will discuss the role of interpretive planning, research, script development, talent selection as related to exhibit and immersive theater applications.

Presenters: Mark Dorgan (Boston Productions), Phil Groce (Bowen)

"How to Direct, Record and Edit Narrative Talent for Exhibits”
audio session
Workshop T-2
9:45 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.
We will discuss what basic equipment is needed and provide a flowchart for implementing a small studio. Then we will conduct a real, live recording session on-stage with an experienced director using a script from Workshop T-1.

Presenters: Bob Noll (BPI), Rob Russell(Harman Pro Audio), Brien Barr (Bowen)

“STEM and STEAM for Domed Immersive Theaters”
Workshop T-3
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Immersive theater professionals discuss how digital projection, lighting and audio capabilities expand uses for domes into art history, geology, oceanography, meteorological, chemical, and immersive environmental studies.

Presenters: David Sasich (Evans and Sutherland), Karrie Berglund (Digitalis), Phil Groce (Bowen), Brian Glass (Astro-tec)

Break. Also meet with sponsors in their exhibits.
11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Sponsored by Irwin Seating (Diane Schildknecht) and Astro-tec (Brian Glass).
Irwin Seating has long been recognized as the “go to” seating solution for Bowen immersive theater design projects.
Astro-tec is a world leader in design and production of domed and curved projections screens.

“Touchscreens with Feel”
Workshop T-4
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
New haptics technologies and how to use them. This session will focus on interactive applications for visually impaired.

Presenters: Darrin Kimsey (Mimo), Phil Groce (Bowen)

"This Exhibit Message is Clear"
Workshop T-5
12:20 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
What are new transparent displays and how do we use them? New approaches to replacing graphics panels and display cases.

Presenters: Neil Silber (Planar), Mark Trotter (Bowen)

Lunch. Also meet with sponsors in their exhibits.
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Harman Pro and Tascam (Gerry Schrader, Rob Russell) and Newline Interactive (Patrick Mancenido, Cy Furst)
The Harman Pro family of products includes some of the best known names in the A/V industry. Some regularly used by BT are Soundcraft, BSS, AKG, Crown, JBL and others. Tascam has long pioneered affordable digital recording devices such as used in Workshop 2.
Newline Interactive is not just another white board. BT includes these touch/annotation products in projects that require the ultimate in high-powered, flexible features for live educator presentations in exhibit galleries and planetariums. These 65" thru 94" 4K all-in one roll-in units have very narrow bezels and shallow depths and also allow simultaneous connection to our large scale projection screens for image magnification (IMAG).

"Digital Video, Audio & Control for Exhibits"
Workshop T-6
2:30 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.
This workshop gets you up to speed on the pros and cons, do’s and don’ts for utilizing digital technologies in your exhibits. Also explored will be WiFi assistive listening and WiFi audio tours.

Presenters: Tim Henry (Williams A/V), Amy Hacker (Atlona), Eric Cantrell (Medialon), Matt Rosenfeld (Bowen)

"Projecting Video in Tight Spaces?"
Workshop T-7
3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Mirrors? Lensing? Satellite? Masking? MLS? Why? How? Projection is still often the lowest cost way to achieve large size and irregularly shaped images. But sometimes space does not permit.

Presenters: Tom Wilmers (Digital Projection), Mark Trotter (Bowen)

Break. Also meet with sponsors in their exhibits.
4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Sponsored by Cortina Productions (Bryan Heisey and John McCarthy)
Cortina is a full-service creative media design and production company specializing in the museum field. Their work can be found in museums, cultural institutions, visitor centers, and aquariums across the world.

"Brighten Your Visitor Experiences"
Workshop T-8
4:15 p.m. - 4:55 p.m.
How to safely light artifacts, graphics panels, pathways and immersive theaters while keeping within life safety standard. How to automate control of all exhibit lighting. Integrating new LED theatrical lighting.

Presenters: Avraham Mor, CLD, IALD (Morlights), Eric Cantrell (Medialon), James Carlson (Bowen)

“Interactive Multitouch Tables And How to Use Them"
Workshop T-9
4:55 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Touch tables have become quite popular in our work. This workshop explores how to optimize content and interactivity with these and how to synchronize multiple units for larger visitor work/play surfaces.

Presenters: Robert Christopher (Multitaction), Bryan Heisey (Cortina Productions), John McCarthy (Cortina Productions), Brian Norris (Bowen),

"It's a Wrap!"
5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Closing Session with remarks and door prizes.

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Our Sponsors

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