Artist, educator and curator Dr. Martina Mrongovius works with experimental optics and holographic art.
Creating spatially animated holographic scenes my work investigates the emergent psychophysical experience of multiple and moving perspectives. I use hundreds of photographs and video to make holographic scenes to capture an intertwined dynamic of urban gaze.
The physics of visual experience I develop through conceptual holographic design follows motion, association and spatial similarity. By breaking the recording/repay window of the hologram the compositions become a transformation of perspective and view.
I began by making stop motion scenes and stenciling of different perspectives into the holograms. The pattern of these stencils enabled me to create a spatial dynamic to static scenes. With Hover… I flipped the holograms projecting the image (as you would if making a transfer print) using mechanical contraptions to scan the holograms and project animations of a dragonfly-creature. The ‘Hover…’ project was also an honours thesis in Applied Physics about the geometry of holographic image projection.
‘Into the Holographic Landscape’ mapped sequences of photographs into dynamic urban scenes (Center for the Holographic Arts, New York 2006). While the ‘We’re all looking’ project (2007) explored how multiple perspectives from a group of photographers could be choreographed into holographic scenes to reveal a diagrammatic sense of place (Bus gallery, Melbourne 2008).
The role of the camera and hologram shaping perspective became the focus of my practice, with the exhibition ‘Explorations of the Holographic Gaze’ (Gallery 175, Seoul 2010) presenting holograms that linked and transformed the movement of the viewer to a visually suggested protagonist. This body of work developed into my doctoral thesis and exhibition ‘The Emergent Holographic Scene’ (Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory, RMIT University / PostX gallery, Ghent, 2011). In November 2013 the Direktorenhaus and Lehrter Siebzehn in Berlin presented a major solo exhibition of her work Enfolded Light.
As well as creating exhibitions I uses holographic images to document the multi-perspective experience of art-events and expeditions. Collaborating with artists and groups, namely – Banditfox, Flux Factory, Swimming Cities and Brooklyn Pirates – my art practice encourages people to explore the perceptual experience of place. These projects have included: a quantum physics inspired comic book adventure game the wave collapses created with her sister Alice and played across Melbourne for the 2006 Next Wave Festival in conjunction with the Commonwealth Games and a map sharing project Around the Table, for the opening of Da Dong Art Center in Taiwan.
Dr Mrongovius is the Director of the Center for the Holographic Arts, based in NYC