Sunday, October 24, 2010

Back To The Future - Holographic Experience


Images: Father and son watching three 120 degree (Lloyd) Cross Holograms on a 360 degree Multiplex display and John Perry's Large Format T Rex Hologram. View of the Sunset outside our Holographic Experience building. Movie of Jason Sapan's Multiplex Motion Hologram of Eileen Borgeson.

Last night was the third day of Desert Empire's Jeff Allen's '21st Century Magic' Holographic Experience. I'm still amazed and pleased that the reactions to the holograms have been at least as great as they were 18 years ago when I produced the first holographic experience for them. People just went wild and still couldn't believe what they were seeing. This experience has shown me that the opportunity for a major launch of display holography is primed.

Just as 3D is getting a 'second wind' for movies, Holography, the Holy Grail of 3D, will find an awaiting audience just as interested and excited.

Blending Eleen's Borgeson's Fine Art into the Holographic Environment added a sophistication and style to the 'mood' of the event.

The area the Holographic Experience was in was mostly illuminated by the holograms themselves. The Holographic Experience itself was 'solid state' except for the motorized 360 Multiplex display.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Holographic Artist Eileen Borgeson Featured at Jeff Allen’s ‘21st Century Magic’ Holographic Experience

Images: "Virtual Adventurer" HoloPrint, "Virtual Adventurer" Illuminated Deep Carved Glass & "Athena" Pulsed Laser Hologram of Bronze Sculpture.

Yesterday afternoon opened the Jeff Allen's '21st Century Magic' Holographic Experience at the Desert Empire Fair in Ridgecrest, California. I was asked back by Gail McElwain after a show I did for them 18 years ago. 40 holograms were augmented and themed with custom lighting and dioramas used to create an immersive and interactive environment with Eileen Borgeson being the featured artist.

Included were three of Eileen's mixed-media holographic art pieces, "Athena", "Virtual Adventurer", and 'Orbit Award' Holographic Crystal.

The "Athena" hologram (of her Athena Bronze sculpture) was a collaboration by Eileen and holographer Ron Olson...more on this hologram - X-Prize Foundation and the FAA presented Marion Blakey, then head of the FAA, with Eileen's "Athena/AKA:Muse of Flight" Bronze sculpture when she left to became president and chief executive officer of the Aerospace Industries Association. The Personal Space Flight Federation also presented Eileen's Bronze "Athena' to Patricia "Patti" Grace Smith for distinguished service as the head the commercial space transportation section of the Federal Aviation Administration when she left the FAA.

"Virtual Adventurer" is Eileen's holographic idealization of her illuminated 'deep carved' glass piece she created with long time collaborator, Butch Young. Interesting enough to note, Butch had previously entered the "Virtual Adventurer" glass piece into the New Mexico State Fair and it won First Prize.

The 'Orbit Award' holographic crystal was used as an award for the Space Tourist Society and National Space Society given to notables in the Space Exploration and Travel Community, including: Buzz Aldrin, Paul Allen, Richard Branson, Burt Rutan, & Peter Diamandis.

A small retrospective of some Eileen's other mixed media art is also incorporated, including her original sculptures and her collaborations with Disney and Warner Bros.

Concurrently Eileen also has a gallery show of her works at the Gualala Arts Center in Mendocino Country which runs through November 22nd.

This event continues through the 24th.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Jaws Meets Jurassic at the Desert Empire Holographic Experience

Three of the holograms at the Back to the Future Holographic Experience

Innocent bystanders will have a 3D life-sized holographic shark lunge towards them as they venture through Jeff Allen’s “21st Century Magic” Experience provided at this year’s Desert Empire Fair’s Holographic Entertainment and Educational Experience in Ridgecrest opening October 21st. As the survivors venture forward they encounter a holographic T-Rex projecting his head through a wooden barrier. Luckily, the shark and dinosaur are both holographic and everyone will emerge unscathed to enjoy other futuristic experiences. Time travel “Back to the Future” to witness historic holograms, journey to the future of holographic art and enjoy all of the other activities this year’s Desert Empire Fair has to offer.

Other attractions from Jeff Allen’s “21st Century Magic” holographic experience will include:
1. The Birth and Evolution of Embossed Holography – “The Guttenberg Press of the Future”,
2. A Special ‘Rainbow Hologram’ Tribute to “Steve Benton” - Holography Pioneer and Visionary,
3. Holography Legend, “Lloyd Cross’s Multiplex Holography” – 3-D Motion Holograms - Fusing Holography with Film, Video and Digital,
4. A Journey into pre-21st Century Holography – “Back…To The Future”
5. “21st Century E-Holograms” The Fine Art of Holography by Eileen Borgeson, and
6. Exploring Einstein’s Holographic Universe of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics.

Also, for the first time ever, both the laser illuminated “David” and white-light-viewable “David” embossed hologram prototypes will be available for the public to visually experience.

These historically significant ‘one-of-a-kind’ “David” holograms (holographic images of a bust replica of Michelangelo’s ‘David’ sculpture) were physically embossed on clear plastic by Jeff Allen over 35 years ago at two crucial breakthrough stages and were integral parts of the embossing process developed with his partner (and the process’ inventor) Mike Foster, during this period. Embossed holography has since produced trillions of embossed holograms like those seen on credit cards, National Geographic Covers, driver’s licenses, jewelry, books, greeting cards and ‘kinetic’ packaging applications.

Embossed holography could very well be the ‘Guttenberg Press’ of the 21st Century capable of mass producing (without lasers) holograms. The Guttenberg Press was considered by many the highest technical achievement of the last millennium (one thousand years) because it mass produced the written word and enabled the first mass communication. Already, embossed holography annually produces billions of holograms made and distributed throughout the world.

Almost two decades ago, Jeff Allen created another Holographic Experience ago for the Desert Empire Fair. At that time fair-goers got a ‘sneak-preview’ into 3D TV and Computer Animation. Eighteen years later, 2010, 3D Television has been commercially launched following the 3D movie craze which started in 2009 with James Cameron’s Avatar in 3D. Eileen Borgeson, the featured artist for this Holographic Experience, created the inaugural Lumiere Awards, which were presented at the Mann’s Chinese Theatre by the International 3D Society last Spring, with four awards honoring Avatar. Two of Eileen's other awards, the Orbital Muse and Athena, will be shown in holographic form.

This year, attendees under 19 years old will have their first chance to ‘re-visit’ some of the holograms seen by their parents in 1992. Besides the historic holograms from the previous show, viewers will be treated to some of the latest in technological holographic advances that will be part of this “Back To The Future” Holographic Experience.

These Experiences are created to entertain, educate and engage everyone at every age. There will also be ‘larger that life characters’ from “Alice in Wonderland” with an area for the kids of all ages to venture into.