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The hologram as a space of illusion
Author(s): Rosa M. Oliveira
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Paper Abstract

One of the most interesting aspects of art holography is the study of 3D holographic image. Over the centuries, artists have chased the best way to represent the third dimension as similar to reality as possible. Several steps have been given in this direction, first using perspective, then photography, and later with movies, but all of these representations of reality wouldn’t reach the complete objective. The realism of a 3D representation on a 2D support (paper, canvas, celluloid) is completely overcome by holography. In spite of the fact that the holographic plate or film is also a 2D support, the holographic image is a recording of all the information of the object contained in light. Our perception doesn’t need to translate the object as real. It is real. Though immaterial, the holographic image is real because it exists in light. The same parallax, the same shape. The representation is no more an imitation of reality but a replacement of the real object or scene. The space where it exists is a space of illusion and multiple objects can occupy the same place in the hologram, depending on the viewer's time and place. This introduces the fourth dimension in the hologram: time, as well as the apparent conflict between the presence and the absence of images, which is just possible in holography.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 2013
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8644, Practical Holography XXVII: Materials and Applications, 86440R (1 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2005654
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Rosa M. Oliveira, Univ. of Aveiro (Portugal)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8644:
Practical Holography XXVII: Materials and Applications
Hans I. Bjelkhagen; V. Michael Bove, Editor(s)

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