3D Movie Without Glasses Featured at San Francisco International Arts Festival
The 2011 San Francisco International Arts Festival is featuring a stereoscopic movie, viewed without 3D glasses, called “Spaceforms: Homage to Homer.” The screening will take place on May 29th at Fort Mason’s South Side Theater. Showtime is 2:00pm.
As part of the Arts, Humanities and Culture in Space Exploration Screening, “Spaceforms: Homage to Homer,” will be showing on special screens capable of 3D in free space. Bay Area artist Walter Funk of Hologlyphics created the stereoscopic movie.
The screening is produced by Zero Gravity Arts Consortium (ZGAC) in collaboration with affiliate partners including the Space Arts Development Fund of the National Space Society and The Studio for Creative Inquiry, Carnegie Mellon University. ZGAC is an international organization dedicated to fostering access for artists to space flight technology and zero gravity space through international partnerships with space agencies, space industry entrepreneurs, and leading universities.
“Spaceforms: Homage to Homer” is a stereoscopic sonic journey exploring animation, live footage, sound and motion in the space around the audience. Several 3D displays, each with differing visual properties, will be showing the movie.
Audience members will be able to walk around the viewing area, watching Spaceforms from multiple angles. As their viewing position changes, so will the perspective of the scene they are watching. Nebulas, Saturn, and planetary motion sequences take on new life, floating in front of the audience. No longer flat, without the glasses.
The movie is a Homage to Homer B. Tilton, scientist, mathematician, and 3D display pioneer. Tilton’s electronic 3D display work dates back to the late 1940s, a system that worked with 2D perspectives only. In the early 50s he developed a stereoscopic version, requiring user worn eye-wear. The real breakthrough came about in the late 60s, when Homer developed a method for viewing electronically generated stereoscopic moving images without glasses.
Tilton’s 3D display could provide the viewer with a 3D image that was interactive in real-time. As the viewer moves side to side, infinite perspectives of the image are seen. This is in large contrast to the more recent 3D displays that have been commercialized in the past several years. The commercial displays usually have an average of 8 views, definitely nowhere near infinite. With infinite views, the visual quality is much closer to a white light hologram.
Tilton’s 3D display work continued over 30 years. In the early 90s, two models of his final system, with many expanded features, were produced and sold. One system went to Ian Sexton of British Telecom, the other to Walter Funk of Hologlyphics. British Telecom used theirs for some early 3D TV experiments. The system delivered to Hologlyphics was highly customized for 3D special effects generation.
Spaceforms explores 3D space and outer space through sequences of exotic interstellar imagery. Funk mixes flowing planetary landscapes, colorful solar flares, and floating moons with geometrical 3D figures called Spaceforms. Transitions between far off worlds, aesthetic beauty and sacred geometry are seamless.
Tilton’s display will be on hand, plus a very large stereoscopic display for immersive viewing. Hologlyphic’s 17 years experience in creating glasses-free 3D movies ensures a gimmick free stereoscopic experience.
Hologlyphics was founded in 1994 to explore the artistic potential of 3D movies viewed without glasses. Three-dimensional space has been incorporated into these Hologlyphic movies since the beginning, integrated into the art-form itself.