Video produced to accompany the exhibition, 'Holography Unit (Royal College of Art 1985 - '94)'-
shown at Glue Factory, Glasgow
14th September - 6th October 2012

Features interviews with alumni of the Royal College of Art's Holography department of the 1980s/90s- Martin Richardson, Pearl John, Jeffrey Robb, and hologram collector Jonathan Ross- discussing the department's life and work, as well as the cultural significance and development of the hologram more broadly. Also includes footage filmed inside the holographic studio- revealing some of the processes and techniques.

Video by Alastair Frazer & Oliver Murray
Very special thanks to Jonathan Ross and Martin Richardson for their support.

Exhibition Intro

'Holography Unit (the Royal College of Art 1985 -'94)'

The first exhibition to focus on the important contribution made by the Royal College of Art's 'Holography Unit' to the development of new media art. The exhibition shows over 40 holograms produced by students, lecturers and technicians within the MA department- many of them internationally significant works- that reveal a rare and unexpected period of artistic expression and experimentation found through the harnessing of emerging technologies.

The development of the laser in the 1960s began the journey for many of today's technologies-
the unprecedented exactness in its production of light waves, suddenly opening up whole new areas for exploration.
For physicist Dennis Gabor, it importantly made practice of his theory of 'Holography' feasible.
The 'holograms' now produced were akin to a new type of photography-
able to render an uncanny 'virtual' 3D recreation, through capture of light wave interferences caused by a subject.

As popular culture of the 1980s began to harness and elaborate the huge technical innovations being made throughout physics-
especially into computing- a different future now seemed inevitable, with questions of the role of 'the virtual' ever more pressing.
In 1985, the Royal College of Art took the bold step of founding the world's first Fine Art Holography department.
This new MA course was established to give art students unprecedented access to industrial technology,
in order to lead the way in exploration and development of a new art form- one that was perhaps able to communicate new things about the present.

'Holography Unit' provides the first look back over the unexpected life and work of the department,
with the exhibition of over 40 holographic works produced by over 20 artists at the Kensington premises.
This retrospective- the opening show in the Glue Factory's programme- also brings together historical and anecdotal material,
as well as looking to the contemporary implications and developments of the medium.

a project by Alastair Frazer

supported by Creative Scotland

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