2016 Season Closing

September 23-25 is the final weekend to catch the 2016 HoloCenter Summer Museum

Tour Friday @3:30pm, Open Saturday and Sunday 12-6pm

403 Colonels Row • Governors Island

with the installation Saṃjñā ⌘ by Julia Sinelnikova and new light sculptures by Kazue Taguchi

Maximus Clarke aka the “electropop dictator” Maxx Klaxon, performs Saturday and Sunday 3-3:30pm

– a satirical multimedia election-year revue, with live electronic music and anaglyph 3D projections




Liberty weekend, 30 years ago…

In building 403 on Governors Island where today you find the HoloCenter, former french president François Mitterrand stayed to celebrate Liberty Weekend and the relighting of The Statute of Liberty. 


[image source: http://www.happyfourthofjuly2016.com/2016/04/happy-fourth-of-july-statue-of-liberty.html]

This year HoloCenter in collaboration with the Paris based Hologram Foundation. launched Holographic Art Grant Program. Six new projects are in production…stay tuned for the exhibitions in Paris and New York.



Special 3D Events with Gerald Marks




Gerald Marks presents his 3-D photography and related stereo images, follow him on a visual journey and/or learn how to make your own stereo-3D photos…

403 Colonels Row
Governors Island
(Directions Here)

Slideshow and Talk  (July 16 and September 3 @2pm)
Gerald Marks will project a wide range of his high-resolution 3-D images and weave them together into stories.

3-D Workshop  (July 16)
In this workshop Gerald Marks will explain and demonstrate his own special personal methods for for working with 3-D images, using Adobe Photoshop. These methods, developed over the past 25 years, enable one to personally control the many aspects of a stereo image pair. For the past 15 years, he has been teaching this method to students in the School of Visual Arts MFA program in Computer Art. This workshop assumes you have at least a basic understanding of working with photography on a computer and an interest in 3-D pictures. The method requires spending some thoughtful time on each image pair, suggesting the meditative focus of the darkroom photography that preceded and inspired it. Attendees get to take home the demonstration files we work on in class as an example to study then incorporate for their own work.

Gerald Marks is an artist working along the border of art and science, specializing in stereoscopic 3-D since 1973. He may be best known for the three, 3-D videos he directed for The Rolling Stones during their Steel Wheels tour. He has taught at The Cooper Union, The New School for Social Research, and the School of Visual Arts, where he currently teaches Stereoscopic 3-D within the MFA program in Computer Art. He was appointed a Visiting Scholar at the MIT Media Lab, where he worked with computer-generated holography. His Professor Pulfrich’s Universe installations are popular features in museums all over the world, including San Francisco’s Exploratorium, The N.Y. Hall of Science, and Sony ExploraScience in Beijing & Tokyo. He has done 3-D consulting, lecturing & design for scientific purposes for The American Museum of Natural History, the National Institutes of Health, and Discover Magazine. He has created a large variety of 3-D artwork for advertising, display, and pharmaceutical use, as well as broadcast organizations Fox and MTV. He has designed award winning projections and sets at the N.Y. Public Theater, SOHO Rep, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center and the Nashville Ballet, where he created stereoscopically projected sets. He created the 3-D glass-block mural in the 28th Street station of the #6 train in New York City’s subway.

Gerald Marks PullTime 3-D Laboratories


The Floating World: Holograms by Rudie Berkhout

Curated by Daniel Belasco

Rudie Berkhout, Ukiyo, 1981. Transmission Hologram 40x30cm. From the Rudie Berkhout Estate collection. Photographed at the HoloCenter Summer Museum.

Rudie Berkhout, Ukiyo, 1981. Transmission Hologram 40x30cm. From the Rudie Berkhout Estate collection. Photographed at the HoloCenter Summer Museum.




Key transmission works by the brilliant holographic artist Rudie Berkhout (1946-2008).

Opening reception February 6, 5–7 pm

February 6 – July 10, 2016
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art
State University of New York at New Paltz


The exhibition will be accompanied by the first catalogue dedicated to Berkhout, published in partnership with the Center for the Holographic Arts, New York.

launching of the Hologram Foundation

A new foundation has been established by Hugues Souparis  (founder of Holographic Industries) to finance and promote holographic art.

Holograms by Jean-François Moreau, Toulon Art Museum, 2015 photo by Pascal Gauchet

Holograms by Jean-François Moreau, from the Hologram Foundation Collection, Toulon Art Museum, 2015 photo by Pascal Gauchet

To support the creation of new works the Hologram Foundation is offering funding to artists. The intention is to enable the production of high quality collectable holograms for people to own.  Half of the works produced* are to be donated back to the Foundation for exhibitions and sales that will assist with promoting and financing future projects.



  • Artistic value
  • Technical quality
  • Simple display design


  • Maximum size 50×60 cm
  • Transmission or reflection


Art & Design

  • Artistic project & concept
  • Display design


  • Technical concept
  • Material uses
  • Lighting

Project organization & cost

  • Practical organization: individual lab, collaboration with university or private lab, etc.
  • Quote for project, including an artist fee
  • Planning

Other sources of funding and support are encouraged however the whole project cost can be requested.
Usually 1/3 of the award is given at the start of the project 1/3 when the first piece is made and 1/3 on project delivery.

Jean-François Moreau, Folie, 1994 vidéo-hologramme, with Kirk Wollford, 20 x 25 cm

Jean-François Moreau, Folie, 1994
vidéo-hologramme, with Kirk Wollford, 20 x 25 cm

*For example if your request is to produce an edition of 6, three of the holograms would be donated back to the Foundation. Likewise if a series of 4 unique but similar works are produced two of these would be given to the Hologram Foundation.


Holographic Art Grant Program – Round 1 Awards

Open call for Round 2 for 2017 production will be announced later in the year

Questions and Submissions to: Hologramfoundation@gmail.com

Holograms to Homes – PDF of Press Release, January 25, 2016




Space:Light events

Prisms & Bottles #2 by Paul Aaron Johnson

Prisms & Bottles #2 by Paul Aaron Johnson


during the exhibition HOLONOMIC

Introductory workshops
Lenticular Imaging with Paul Aaron Johnson
Saturday May 2, 11am-1pm
Holography 101 with Dave Battin and Sam Moree
Saturday May 9, 11am-1pm
email info@holocenter.org to reserve your place

Threw the Window
3D screening with the Free-D glasses free system
Thursday May 7, from 7pm
D. Carlton Bright
Max Clarke
Dave Comeau
Paul Johnson
Gerald Marks
E. James Smith
John J. Zelenka
in conjunction with the New York Stereoscopic Association

Flux Factory • 39-31 29th Street Long Island City • NY 11101
all events by suggested donation $0-20

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Queens Council on the Arts.


Eric Corriel, Lightbox  - 02

Eric Corriel, Lightbox, 2014
Photo by Josh Reynol

Center for the Holographic Arts presents
experience one night only all the optical works developed over the summer

for the Parallax series at the Holocenter House Governors Island

Dave Battin ● Julian Bozeman ● Carlton Bright ● Todd Bryant ● Julian Burgess & Aurelia Moser ● Maximus Clarke ● Eric Corriel ● Dafydd-Dale Jones ● Gerald Marks ● Sam Moree ● Jake Nelson ● Ray Park ● Steve Pavlovsky ● Pete Rogina & Eileen Cohen ● Erik Sanner, Glenn Amico & Peter Emerick ● Kazue Taguchi


December 19, 7-11pm
FREE … but your donations keep us going!
at Flux Factory
39-31 29th Street ● Long Island City NY 11101


Affordable prints from the projections and refreshments will be available for purchase


Apply for the 2015 Pulse Laser Workshops or Artist Residencies

Guillermo F. Heinze with his hologram at the Pulse Laser Workshop, 2012

Guillermo F. Heinze with his hologram at the Pulse Laser Workshop, 2012

In 2015 we are offering two hands on workshops to make holograms at our Pulse Laser Studio at Ohio State University.  During this 5 day course you will learn about holography and make a master with the pulse laser that allows of for capturing live subjects and freezes motion.

The course is designed for artist and educators who want to extend there practice with holography.  No prior experience is required, however preference is given to people who are perusing an understanding of  holography.

The Holocenter provides film and chemistry during the workshop.  Selected participants will need to arrange and cover the cost of their travel and accommodation in Columbus Ohio.

Workshop dates: January 4-8, 2015 and late April 2015
More details and application instructions can be found here

We also offer residencies for experienced artists with a project that will lead to the exhibition of holographic works,  more information can be found here



This summer on Governors Island

Holocenter House,  photo by D. Carlton Bright

We are excited to announce that the Holocenter will be taking up residence at one of the turn-of-the-century houses in Nolan Park on Governors Island.  Although the Island will be open seven days a week this summer, public gallery hours will be from 12-6pm Saturdays and Sundays and by appointment.  You can expect to see more puzzling and tantalizing works of holographic artistry from May 24th until September 28th at house 4B.  Each weekend a different artist will show their work in the upstairs gallery as part of a series of projection art ‘Parallax’.  The Holocenter is also teaming up with the New York Stereoscopic Association to showcase 3D imagery, from random dot stereograms to a glasses-free display for viewing 3D photography.  The New York Stereoscopic Association will be bringing in speakers, presentations and historic 3D prints on select dates so stay tuned.  Exhibitions at the other houses on Nolan Park will be produced by the Rubin Museum of Art, the International Center for Photography, the Museum of Math and a number of art galleries and cultural organizations. See you on the Island!

More info and workshop schedule     Directions and ferry schedules

Allison Meier’s article about the Holocenter House for Hyperallergic

and check out the May Newsletter to find out about the Holocenter’s pop up show at LIC Arts Open, our collaboration with the West Harlem Arts Fund to curate ‘Repurpose’ – a festival of lights and more…

Farewell Extravaganza


light painting by Pete Rogina


A Farewell Extravaganza

Come say goodbye to the Clock Tower

Friday April 11th, 8pm-2am

29-27 41st Ave (corner of 41st Ave and Queens Plaza North)

Long Island City,  Queens, NY 11101

Come celebrate with the Holocenter before we leave this extraordinary venue at the Clock Tower of Long Island City! Come find out why New York Magazine named us in their Best of NY 2014 issue as “Best Mind Trip”. Come for music, holograms, projections, performers, interactive installations, food, and drinks. Step into the Vault one last time and enter the ephemeral world of holographic art.

Food By Open Kitchen

Sets on the Perch by DJ Tinseltown, DJ Beat Kitty, DJ Anthony C

Acoustic performances in the Vault by ELÉGIE, Perry Phoenix, Dimi Noise

Holographic and stereographic art by Eric Leiser, Paul Johnson, Gerald Marks, Martina Mrongovius & Nick Normal, Ana Maria Nicholson (along with the amazing collection in the Vault Gallery)

Projections by VJ Krunch, Justin Disco Riley, Peter Rogina, Steve Pavlovsky, Carlton Bright

Lounge by Lindsay Arden

Laser Arm by Maxwell Cohn,

Roving Games of Chance by Mark Krawczuk

Light Graffiti by Vicki DaSilva

3D Light Portraits by James Linkous

Cut Cube Light Fixture by Sean McIntyre

Theatrical Interjection by Richard Mazda

Interactive phone station by Alex Nathanson

THRIVE by Radek Szczesny

Light Installation by Erik Sanner and Kazue Taguchi


Entry by donation Pay-what-you-wish … RSVP Here


This event is made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


Looking for a new home

Queens Clock Tower

Ellen Harvey, ‘Look Up, Not Down’ 2006
glass mosaic at Queens Plaza station

The Clock Tower building has been sold bringing an end to the Holocenter at this location.

We are looking for a new space – please contact us if you have any potential venues for the gallery, the library and archive or where we could build up a teaching and production studio.

The current show <<Uncertain Worlds>> will be on display Fridays and Saturdays 2-6pm until April 5, if you have not seen it yet do yourself a favor and come visit.

And join us on April 11 from 8pm for an extravagant closing night, with projections, lenticulars, holograms, performers and music throughout the venue.

The vault gallery will be open until April 12.

Then stayed tuned for pop-up exhibitions until we find a new home.

pop-up exhibition at LIC FLEA & Food


The Holocenter is excited to be presenting holograms at
December 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 11am-6pm
and the 2nd Annual Celebrate LIC Holiday Party
December 5, 5:30pm-8:30pm
5-25 46th Ave, Long Island City, NY

The Holocenter has been invited to exhibit in the center of the LIC Flea & Food and
will be presenting some fantastic works, including a very special portrait of Keith
Haring from founder Ana Maria Nicholson’s series Portraits in Laser Light. A
holographic portrait is a unique three-dimensional image that captures the living
presence of a person in light. These portraits have a vividness and wealth of detail
impossible to obtain with a photograph.

In addition to the display, the Holocenter will be selling affordable holograms thanks
to a partnership with The Hologram Place. We are so happy to be working with this
organization. The Hologram Place has combined their experience in commercial
holography with artwork by Lon Moore to create a special range of holograms that
are great for holiday gifts.

The 2nd Annual Celebrate LIC Holiday Party and launch of the LIC Flea & Food
will be on Thursday, December 5th from 5:30pm-8:30pm. The Long Island City
Partnership is presenting a curated selection of vendors and there will be
complimentary beer, wine, live music, and installations by local artists. The event is
free to attend, and LIC Partnership members will receive special discounts from
vendors. RSVP with LIC Partnership

Please note that due to this exhibition, The Vault Gallery at the Clock Tower of
LIC will be open by appointment only during the month of December, with
the exception of our POLARITY event on Wednesday, December 18th

Creating Holograms from Digital Content

Linda Law is now offering a unique online course that teaches the range of current Holographic image making possibilities. This eight session course reviews the wide range of existing holographic art, demonstrates methods of creating holographic images, and facilitates the creation of content in this unique format. All students will create two 8” x 10” digital holograms as a part of the course.

This course is oriented to artists and designers with skills in 3D animation, video, After Effects, and Photoshop.

Linda Law is a digital / holographic artist who has been working with holography since 1975. In her long career in this extraordinary medium she has worked in holographic research, curated for the New York Museum of Holography, and has been an independent curator of many exhibitions of holographic art. Linda is a teaching artist and educator with more than 15 years of teaching experience in holography. She has also worked with 3D animation, produced content for digital holograms for commercial clients for Simian Technologies Inc., and is the Founding Director of the Center for 4D Arts.

For more information or to sign up for the course please contact Linda Law at greenwoman555@gmail.com


Rayvel supports the Center For The Holographic Arts 2002 – 2006

Rayvel Holographics supported the Holocenter allowing for the continuation of the artist in residency program as well as facilitating collaborative projects.

Research and development was conducted on Rayvels patented Narrow Angle Hologram technology: a hologram that reconstructs from a perpendicular light source as opposed to the traditional angle of ~45° from overhead.  This technology is used in their HoLocator product line: holographic street address numbers that illuminate from the headlight of an oncoming vehicle. At the Holocenter a stereogram system for creating Moving Video Holograms (MVH™) was constructed. Large format holograms were also produced for trade show displays.  Clients included Joining Technologies Medical Devices, Doughmaker’s Cookie Company, and a portrait of American music icon Tony Bennett for Sennheiser Electronic Corporation.

Center for the Holographic Arts 1998~2005

This video has been shot and edited by Ana Maria Nicholson ( Founder and Director ), Ikuo Nakamura ( then Co-Director ), and Sam Moree, spanning 1998-2005.

We’d like to dedicate this footage to our best Holographers who opened this field:

Dan Schweitzer ( Co-founder, Holography artist pioneer )
Rudie Berkhout ( Holography artist, Pioneer)
Steve Benton ( Prof. MIT Medialab spatial Imaging group)
Peter Nicholson ( pioneer Holography artist / sculptor)

Special Thanks to Sheawater foundation for the support.



Peter and Arnold in Hawaii, 1979

Peter and Arnold in Hawaii, 1979

Peter Nicholson, artist, inventor and pioneer of pulse laser holography died suddenly of a heart attack in Miami where he had gone to attend the Basel Art Fair. Peter became involved in holography after meeting Lloyd Cross in the early 70’s. He became director of the Smithsonian Holography Program at Brookhaven National Laboratories where he was the first artist to explore the possibilities of pulse portraiture. With Ana Maria Nicholson he founded the Center for Experimental Holography and moved it to the University of Hawaii. While there they made portraits of the Governor and other notables including Agnes Lum and Arnold Schwarzenegger. In the 1980’s and 1990’s he was Founder and President of Holographics, Inc., a research and development company where he invented and produced a miniaturized portable pulse laser with an incorporated camera called the “Portraitist”. Later this camera was adapted for non-destructive testing of aircraft. He obtained over $600,000 in National Science Foundation grants to develop a miniature pulse laser using a new crystal praseodymium which he hoped would further the development of color holography. He held 10 U.S. patents.