Playing with Perception @ EMPAC: Lucy Raven Premieres 3-D “Tales of Love and Fear” [Berkshire on Stage]
By Larry Murray
While it’s tempting to think of 3D image technology as a new frontier in contemporary cinema, artists have been playing with the perception of spatial depth in photography as far back as the mid 19th century. The early stereogram assigned a 2D image to each eye, simulating the effect of binocular vision when viewed in tandem. Artist Lucy Raven takes a similar approach to filmmaking for Tales of Love and Fear, which will premieres at EMPAC at RPI in Troy at 8pm on Friday (February 27).
The culmination of several years of research, Tales of Love and Fear is a site-specific artwork for EMPAC’s Concert Hall. A regular artist-in-residence since fall 2013, Raven has focused her research on the history and evolution of 3D-film technologies and animation techniques, investigating the fluid cultural perception of spatial depth though an art-historical lens.
Developed in collaboration with the EMPAC production team, Tales of Love and Fear is comprised of a custom-built rig of counter-rotating platforms. A single stereoscopic photograph, taken by the artist during her research in India, is split by the two projectors into the left and right eye perspective. Conceived as a cinema for a single image, this piece expands and unifies our perception of the cinematic beyond the screen.