Workshop i klassisk stereoskopi

with Ketil Nergaard

6. – 8. May, 2011

Over the last few years pop culture has been flooded with 3D movies, 3D games and 3D pictures, and great amounts of more or less new techniques have been introduced.
At the root of all of these new techniques is a nearly 200-year old invention. The British scientist and inventor Charles Wheatstone was in 1838 the first to describe stereopsis and this knowledge enabled Wheatstone to invent the first stereoscope.
At the end of the 1800s the production and viewing of stereo images became a vital part of the visual cutlure [visual art?]. Since then the stereo image has returned in waves with the golden age of the 3D-movies at its peak.

The principles behind the Victorian Stereoscope were the same as the technology behind today’s 3D-images and movies – making sure the left and the right eye view each their separate image of the same object from different angles. The methods of achieving this effect have been varying, from Wheatstone’s intricate stereoscopy, to today’s use of polarized light.
In the workshop we will experiment with different stereo techniques, focusing on the original technique from the mid19th century.  During the course of the weekend all participants will be creating their first stereo image, and build their own classical stereoscope.

Photo | Ketil Nergaard, Alas, Marcel Duchamp’s Studio; lavering i to deler, 2010