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The Forever Hologram (2012-13): large scale video and holographic projections

A hologram of a watch with no hands will be placed centrally in an enclosed large scale perspex pyramid, coated with dnp holographic polyester refractive film. 3D graphics will be projected onto the film giving the viewing experience of 3D imagery animating inside the pyramid and around the hologram. The imagery will include real and imagined objects and text that will be constantly rotating and moving and changing size during its projection. The graphics will be created using 3DS Max, Lightwave 3D, Blender, After Effects and Photoshop.The video imagery will be updated constantly, hence the title of The Forever Hologram. The LED light from the projection system will illiuminate and reconstruct the holographic imagery.

The Many Lives of Matilda Tar (undetermined time line)

3000x100cm rainbow and reflection hologram. Hoping to be made with Prof. Hiroshi Yoshikawa, Opto-Elec Lab, Nihon Uni, Japan in 2011. If successful with the Tokyo-Mitsubishi Travel Grant I will be exhibiting the hologram in both countries as well as running workshops and giving talks in South Australia and possibly other States on the new techniques learnt.

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Selected A3 size 2D transparency images

There will be twenty-three transparency images in the final thirty metre hologram. They will appear as 2D rainbow images. Each will also have an overlapping 3D rainbow image of an object that will relate to the transparency image; in the case of the "First Life" transparency there will be a 3D framed birth certificate image. There will also be pulse portraits, computer generated images and text stencils cut out of the final hologram.

The theme of this large scale white light hologram centres on current theories which conjecture that what we call reality might be a virtual simulation similar to the Internet's Second Life. The idea is that sometime in the future, programmers of virtual worlds (which might be interpretted as Gods) have built in the potential for the avatars to create their own simulated worlds, and that what we regard as reality might in fact be one of these virtual worlds. The question raised is, "How does an avatar of Second Life know that they are not real?" And would they be able to answer it with any more certainty than if we were asked the same? The title follows the many lives or transformations of a particular avatar who I have called Matilda Tar. The name Matilda was chosen because of its Australian heritage and the surname Tar is short for avatar.

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A nine metre version was scheduled for production at RMIT, Victoria in October, 2009, but only exposure tests and tests of the holocamera were conducted. The initial idea was to utilized simultaneously, two different optical layouts. It is intended to be rotated 180 degrees between exposures; in one direction it would record a real 3D object and in the other, a 2D transparency. The final hologram will be illuminated with white LED lights displaying a rainbow coloured 2D transparency and 3D object as well as projecting images of the stencil text on the floor.

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Many of the transparency images have been appropriated from the Net which emphasises the theme of the hologram of regurgitating data to make new forms of objects. Many have been reworked with original imagery and text.

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Zippod (undetermined time line)

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200x100cm, animated stereogram.

The viewer will see an animated image of a zipper opening from left to right, and as it does a pair of ipod earphones will be seen emerging horizontally from the space between the open zipper. Behind will be a 3D computer generated cityscape created using Autodesk 3ds Max. The viewer will be tempted to walk forward and place their head between the projecting earphones. The hologram will be interactive; music and dialogue will be heard as the viewer gets closer.