Southwood Holography Laboratories Artist in Residence

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The Artist In Residence at Southwood Holographic Laboratory enables artist to create multiplex and other type of holograms.

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We are so excited for this new program, and the incredible history of significant artworks created with the printing systems that will soon be accessible to artists.

As Hart Perry, describes:

Our first artist in residence program evolved from a series of fortuitous circumstances. In the early 70s I was asked to film the first holographic movie with Salvador Dali. At that time holography was in its infancy. Denis Gabor conceived of holography in 1947, but it was not until the invention of the laser in 1963 that images could be made from light itself. A hologram could be broken and each piece revealed the whole image. Images were three dimensional. It had extraordinary qualities. There were also limitations. Holograms could not be made of objects that had movement or of any subject outside of the laboratory.

It took an artist, Salvador Dali, to help overcome these limitations. He produced the first holographic movie with Alice Cooper. As cameraman for this film, I had a front row seat to see how this happened. The hologram would be made from film footage. I asked who was making the hologram. I was told it was Lloyd Cross. A year before, the physicist, Lloyd Cross, visited my studio where he observed a machine I used to reprint motion picture film to make special effects. He said that such a machine could be used with laser light to make holographic movies. Lloyd had built such a machine for this purpose for Dali. Dali’s holograms were the first to show people moving. Lloyd then helped me and scientist/artist friends build our own machine to make holographic movies.

This is what inspired me to start an artist in residence program in holography in the late 70s. Artists, working with scientists, could invent the visual language of this new image making technology. We made all sorts of inventions with artists. We made the first time lapse hologram of a flower opening up, the first hologram in slow motion of the dancer with Murray Lewis and Simone Forti, the first animated hologram, the first hologram combined with a sculptural space, the first aerial shot hologram of the Empire State Building, the first computer animated hologram, the first hologram of an X ray.

The next fortuitous circumstance was that recently I was asked to exhibit these holograms at Bard College and to teach a senior project in holography there. To do this, I started up my laboratory and worked with an extraordinary student, Anaka Wetch. This was the genesis for this proposal for a new Artist In Residence Program with the group of people who came together for Anaka’s project.

This lead to another fortuitous circumstance. I heard that the brilliant holographer, John Perry, was retiring and selling his laboratory. I knew his work because he made the extraordinary holograms with the artist James Turrell. He had made important innovations in holography that allowed him to make very large holograms that had movement. He sold his entire laboratory to us and is consulting on its re-installation at Southwood. We will now be able to make the best holograms in the world for our Artist In Residence program while continuing to innovate.

Hart Perry, Southwood Holographic Laboratory co-founder, 2020
Exhibition at Bard College in 2020 of holograms created through Hart Perry’s collaborations: Salvador Dalí ‘First Cylindric Chromo-Hologram Portrait of Alice Cooper’s Brain’ (1973); Dan Schweitzer ‘Movie Theatre’ (1978); installation view.