Research

Holographic Messages with C Bangs, Greg Matloff and multiple collaborators from the Space community

We proposed that holographic structures could enhance the design of  Light Sails – both solar and laser driven.   While this research is being conducted the Holographic Messages project seeks to engage public imagination by including holograms containing images and information with the probes we send into Space.

Our first holograms on a Cornell Tech Alpha Project ‘CubeSat’ satellites are schedule for launch in 2020  into a near Earth orbit.

Press: ‘Scientists Want to Send Holographic Messages to Nearby Stars on Light Sails‘, Becky Ferreira, Motherboard Tech by VICE

Draw Within Water with Sky Rolnick (Jump into the Light) and Alon Grinsphoon (echoAR).

We are developing tools to enables people to engage and create with immersive technology.  In this collaborative experience participants draw in virtual space and can populate the underwater scene with artist drawn sea creatures. Drawings can be exported

The first iteration of this project ‘Draw Within Water’ included music composed by Keith Patchel and artwork by Spacer Arts, Lydia Powell, Jessup, Alexandra Patz and Ioana Pioaru. Installed at the HoloCenter on Governors Island in 2019.

Article about the project on Medium Collaborative creation in augmented reality

The Emergent Holographic Scene

My doctoral research focused on the affect of cross-referenced movement in viewing spatially animated holographic images.

 

Relationships between the movement of the photographer and movement of the viewer were used to produced a sense of dynamic shaping. I considered my holographic images as mappings of a hyperlinked terrain. The holographic scene emanating from anchored visual elements, around symmetries or along paths. The dynamic and spatial qualities of the holographic scene emerged  by drawing on the viewer’s perceptual experience. The activity of enfolding and unfolding connected perspectives became an expressive form in my practice of capture, composition and installation design.  

 

The Visual Protagonist

Research into the roles of avatars and embodied reference

As a means to create visual anchors and references to my animate holographic scenes I experimented with including my body into the images while photographing urban landscapes. 
 
The visual protagonist will often look at the camera – at the viewer, in one place in the spatial image sequence and into their world at another.  A shared action of looking creates an empathic embodiment connecting the viewer to the dynamics of the holographic scene. 

 

The Collective Image

Considering impression from multiple perspectives to created holographic scenes.

This research has resulted in a number of projects as well as seminars with students at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, Germany.