The Jeweled Net: Views of Contemporary Holography at the MIT Museum

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MIT is known to carry the weight of all things scientific and technological around town so it’s not wonder they’ve recently opened The Jeweled Net: Views of Contemporary Holography exhibit at their MIT Museum located just on Mass Ave in Central Square. Tucked cozily in the corner of the second floor, the small yet intimate collection shows off some of the most structural and intricate works of the field thus far. It also helps that in-house Professor Stephen Benton also coined and created the rainbow hologram, as well as pioneered various significant studies in medical imaging and fine arts holography.

Holography is unique in the human history of image-making and visual communication. Unlike painting, drawing, photograph or film, it emplys the diffraction of light to communication with the visual system via light waves, just as in nature. “In human history, we always try to get new eyes which give us new perception,” says holographer Setsuko Ishii. “Such visual experience! We humans never had such a medium in the past.”

What makes holography so compelling? It is a new way of seeing our world that grasps not only beauty but also the art of science, of sight and of light. It is so much more than a revelation of three dimensions: it allows us, in the words of artist James Turrell, to “perceive perception,” to witness that we humans, as artists, are a creative part of the world we perceive and understanding that, is understanding that all things connect.

The Jeweled Net: Views of Contemporary Holography

Now until September 28th, 2013
Massachusetts Institute of Technology / MIT Museum
Building N51, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
Open daily 10AM – 5PM / closed major holidays
Admission: $8.50 for adults
Free admission: every second Friday of each month 5PM to 8PM or Sundays 10AM to noon
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