Synthetic Spaces: Holography at MIT

Six small holographic screens shine in the dark gallery, projecting images onto the floor below. 

Installation view, Synthetic Spaces: Holography at MIT, MIT List Visual Arts Center, 1990.

Bakalar Gallery
Featured Artists
Stephen A. Benton
Sabrina Birner
Cliff Brett
David Chen
Bill Farmer
Alejandro Ferdman
Michael Halle
Krisztina Holly
Mark Holzbach
Mary Lou Jepson
Michael Klug
Joel Kollin
Eric Krantz
Jeff Kulick
Mark Lucente
Gerard Marks
William Moltini, Jr.
Wendy Plesniak
Patrick Purcell
Pierre St. Hilaire
Michael Teitel
John Underkoffler
Julie Walker
Hiroshi Yoshikawa
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Over the past five years, some of the most important developments in computer-generated holography have originated in the Spatial Imaging laboratory of Dr. Stephen Benton and his students.

Having invented the white-light “rainbow” hologram in the late 1960s, Dr. Benton continues his pioneering work using the most advanced computers to invent new types of holography.

Synthetic Spaces: Holography at MIT explores a range of recent technical and design innovations, and includes holographic three-dimensional portraits, computer-generated landscapes, medical visualizations from data off CAT and MRI scans, automotive CAD and architectural databases, and large-scale holograms, as well as documentation of wide-angle Alcove Holography and interactive Holographic Video. The exhibition was organized by guest curator Betsy Connos, a visual artist, holographer, and Spatial Imaging alumna, with List Center Curator Dana Friis-Hansen. 

Publication available. Illustrated brochure with a technical history and analysis of recent holographic developments.