It's hard to describe the kind of excitement we felt when we first heard a new holograph center would be opening in Queens this fall. However in retrospect, it actually went something like this: "holograms!!"
The thought of one of the world's most beloved optical illusions having at least a semi-permanent home where visitors could experience the true range of this medium was exhilarating to say the least. Naturally we set out to find out more about this mysterious organization that would be setting-up tent, at least temporarily, inside the LIC clock tower. Below are a few questions we asked Holocenter Director, Martina Mrongovius.
First off, will this be a permanent center?
We hope so. Through arts organization No Longer Empty, Andover Realty donated us this space for 12 months. We have put a lot of work into its conception and execution, and really hope that Andover Realty will continue to support us in this location for the years to come.
What is the mission of the center?
The Center for the Holographic Arts (Holocenter) is an organization dedicated to promoting and developing holography as art medium. We work with artists to enable them to gain skills and produce holographic art. Meanwhile our exhibitions and educational programs give the public the opportunity to engage with this unique medium.
Ana Maria Nicholson, Into The Night
The longer explanation is that the The Center for the Holographic Arts (Holocenter) is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and developing holographic artwork.
The Holocenter was founded by respected holographic artists Ana Maria Nicholson and Dan Schweitzer in 1998. As one of the only holographic arts organizations in existence, our mission is to ensure that holography continues to be a creative practice. Holography is unique in its capacity to bring virtual understandings into contemporary dialogues around media participation, technology and visuo-spatialinformation. The Holocenter has four main objectives: production, exhibition, research and education.
As the current Director, I work with artists and holography studios around the world as a technical and artistic
consultant. Based in Long Island City, New York, the Holocenter facilitates exhibitions and educational opportunities.
Ray Park,The Coexistence - banana, 2011
180º Cylindrical hologram, 8 x 4 x 10"
Through our Artist Residency program we provide access to a number of holography studios, including our Pulse Laser Studio at Ohio State University. Our residency program is vital to the integrity of holographic arts. Many of the holograms in this exhibition – and seen in museums around the world – were produced during Holocenter residencies. In 2012 we launched an introductory residency open to all artists, as well as continuing our more advanced residencies are designed to foster the creation of holograms for exhibitions.
As well as our own exhibitions of holograms in New York City we facilitate and work with other museums and galleries both in the USA and around the world. Through exhibitions, symposiums, workshops and media publications we ensure the public are able to learn about holography and engage with this medium.
Sally Weber, Laccolith, 2006
Open Aperture Transmission Hologram, 26 x 27"
What made you decide on your present location?
I came to No Longer Empty's show 'How much Do I Owe You' and the Bank Vault reminded me of our previous studio/gallery on Court Square in Long Island City. So I asked the staff what was going to happen to the space after the show and we started working together.
The bank vault now is becoming an archive of holograms and the adjacent space is an exhibition area.
With a photograph light is focused onto the film, with a hologram the light is recorded as it passes through the 'window' of the film.
Making holograms is like working inside a camera. If you'd like more info you can check our website at http://holocenter.org/what-is-