The Future of Holographic Technologies and Their Use By Artists

Sandra Oliveira, Martin Richardson
De Montfort University, United Kingdom

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The use of holographic technologies in the past has faced resistance in the artistic field. The most conservative artists and critiques saw the term “holographic” more as a technical subject than an artistic one. Nevertheless, to explore new forms to create art has been a constant challenge for any artist, whatever the field. At the end of the 20-century the concept that art can explore any field or subject, create a vision that is somehow technological, is part of the new artistic world. In the last two decades, in the search for new terminologies, scientists and artists have used the expression “Holographic” as a synonym of evolution, but with different means. Artists are using it as a new form of art call “Holo Art”; scientists see it as a “new” science technique where light takes an important part in the process, and can be used in various aspects of daily life, such as, security and medicine. This paper will research artists who persist in exploring art with new technologies and how they are viewed in a world where the question of ‘what is and what isn’t art’ is very debatable. Other questions that will be explored are ‘How can these techniques be useful to artists?’ and ‘How do artists challenge themselves to analyse the pos and cons of the results that can be obtained?’