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December 4, 2007

Tool "10,000 Days" CD packaging – with 3D work by Ray Zone – wins Grammy Award

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The CD packaging for 10,000 Days consists of a thick cardboard-bound booklet partly covered by a flap holding a pair of stereoscopic eyeglasses, which can be used to view a series of images inside (including, for the first time since Undertow, an individual portrait of each band member). Viewed with the glasses, the artwork produces an illusion of depth and three-dimensionality. Alex Grey, who created a majority of the album art for Lateralus and its accompanying video Parabola, reprised his role for 10,000 Days.

On February 11, 2007, Adam Jones, art director and guitarist for the band, received the Grammy Award for Best Recording Package for his work on the 10,000 Days packaging.

--from Wikipedia

For Tool's website, go here.

Thanks to NYSS member Bill Burns for alerting us to this item.


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December 10, 2007

"Signs of Life" at Silvermine Guild Arts Center Gallery, New Canaan, CT through Dec. 22

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Artist Miggs Burroughs says he is "fascinated by duality, by transition." This interest is on display at his new show at the Silvermine Guild Arts Center Gallery called "Signs of Life." He uses two juxtaposed images displayed in lenticular format. "The viewer is enlisted as critical collaborator who controls the speed, sequence, and ultimately the meaning of these changing signs," says Burroughs.

Silvermine Guild Arts Center Gallery, 1037 Silvermine Road in New Canaan, CT (through Dec. 22). Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 966-9700.

--from The Connecticut Post, 12/07/07

For Miggs Burrough's web site, go here.

La Superette 2007 "Viewmaster Festival" – NYSS Member Gerald Marks – Sunday, December 16, 8:00 PM

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La Superette 2007 "Viewmaster Festival"

The La Superette 2007 performance series, the Viewmaster Festival, runs from Dec. 13-16. The Viewmaster Festival includes audiovisual performances, installations, and presentations.

Because some of the work is 3 dimensional, both in physical space and 3D video, special Viewmaster glasses will be available for purchase on shopping days, while supplies last, that will both guarantee admission and allow for the complete experience of the festival.

The glasses are normal anaglyph glasses specially printed on a plotter. They will be a collector's item. The festival won't actually involve Viewmaster® but will endeavour to include some 3-D in all evenings. The only evening that will be 100% bona-fide anaglyph 3-D will be:

Sunday, December 16, 8:00 PM

Dan Iglesia
Algorithmic 3D video for humans and computers. 3-D generated live on a laptop by a electronic musician from the Computer Music Center at Columbia University.

Gerald Marks
Anaglyph 3-D presentation for the true stereoscopes. The preceeding words were made up by the Festival, but Jerry will present all sorts of his favorite digital anaglyph projections.

For more information, go here.

December 13, 2007

Holocenter, the Center for the Holographic Arts in Long Island City, NY

Did you know there was a center for holography twenty minutes from midtown Manhattan? I didn't until an NYSS member forwarded me info about it. And if you've got deep pockets, you can give someone a unique gift this holiday season: a holographic portrait. (I hope my Secret Santa is reading this).

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For $1,000 you can have a holographic portrait made by Ana Maria Nicholson, a world-renowned holographic portraitist, whose studio was at the Museum of Holography in New York for many years.

She's made portraits of such well-known figures as crooner Tony Bennett, TV news anchor Walter Cronkite, alt-rock idol David Byrne, feminist, author and publisher Gloria Steinem, architect Philip Johnson, 1980s graffiti artist Keith Haring and author George Plimpton.

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Holocenter, the Center for the Holographic Arts was established under the directorship of Ana Nicholson and the late Dan Schweitzer, two well known holographic artists, to promote the development and dissemination of the art of Holography. To this end, the Center offers an Artist-In-Residence program, small exhibitions of interesting, current holographic work, traveling exhibitions, a series of talks, and will maintain a web site with news and developments.

The Artist- In-Residence Program is at the heart of the Center's activities. A number of artists each year are selected by a jury of Art professionals based on submitted proposals. Holographic and non-holographic artists are invited to contact the Center for guidelines for proposal submissions.

The Center, located at 45-10 Court Square, Long Island City, N.Y. 11101, is a not-for-profit organization funded in part by the Shearwater foundation.

For more information, their website is www.holocenter.org, call 718-784-5065 or e-mail HOLOCENTER@mindspring.com

December 22, 2007

National Lampoon 3D issue - July, 1975

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32 years ago, and 15 years before Photoshop, the National Lampoon published a 3D issue. That was a time before the brand had been diluted by sporadic publishing schedules, the exodus of its most talented writers and artists, along with dozen's of awful National Lampoon movies attempting to cash in on the phenomenal success of Animal House.

For great coverage of the Golden Age (1970-1975) of this magazine you must visit Mark's Very Large National Lampoon Site, here.

Despite the legend "X Rated 3D Entertainment" aside from dope references and a small smattering of exposed breasts (porn legend Annie Sprinkle makes a brief topless appearance in Foto Funnies), this would be considered strictly PG-13 material today.

The 3D in the magazine's content is hit or miss, and we should keep in mind how labor-intensive a process this was before the digital age. Perhaps the best use is in a Gahan Wilson strip called Nuts where two young boys go to see their first 3D horror movie. Click on the thumbnail below to see a page from this classic.

One thing that hasn't changed in 32 years is that the extra cost of 3D production is subsidized by increased ad pages, many of them in 3D. Here you'll find the best 3D effects in the entire issue.

Click on the thumbnails below for two of the most effective ads. . . and be transported back to a time when E-Z Wider double-wide rolling papers ran full page ads in mainstream publications and turntables were top-of-the-line stereo equipment.





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