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Press Release

Josie Patterson

MIT Museum Presents Holography Forum
Photons, Neurons and Bits: Holography for the 21st Century

Cambridge, MA—The public is welcome to join the international holography community, MIT artists and scientists, and holographic researchers during a Forum developed by Seth Riskin, MIT Museum Manager, Emerging Technologies and Holography/Spatial Imaging Initiatives for a forum in early March.

Photons, Neurons and Bits: Holography for the 21st Century
Friday, March 6, 2009: Keynote and reception
Saturday, March 7, 2009: Forum presentations
Free to the MIT community and to students with valid ID
General Public: $60
Registration for all is required at http://web.mit.edu/museum/forum/

The MIT Museum presents an interdisciplinary forum at the leading edges of holography and potential partner fields in connection with the exhibition, Luminous Windows: Holography for the 21st Century.

MIT has contributed significantly to the advancement of holography from the age of film to the digital age. Now intensive, wide-ranging applications of digital technologies present active and emerging areas of holography innovation: volume holography for biological research, 3-D optical illusions for brain research, 3-D “seeing machines” for the sight-impaired. Bold ideas and exploratory dialog across research fronts marks Photons, Neurons and Bits: Holography for the 21st Century
at the MIT Museum, as the digital age of holography advances.

MIT Professor Stephen Benton, a founding inventor in holography, brought the world's most significant collection of holograms to the MIT Museum, and the Museum continues to showcase a variety of holographic works of art in the exhibition, Holography:The Light Fantastic. The MIT Museum supports the advancement of the field and creates opportunities for the public engagement with and understanding of holography through its Holography and Spatial Imaging Initiative.

Photons, Neurons and Bits: Holography for the 21st Century
Friday, March 6, 2009, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    • Keynote: Dr. Charles Vest, President, National Academy of Engineering and  President Emeritus, MIT
    • Ceremonial re-lighting of Luminous Windows
    • Luminous Windows artists comments
    • Reception with the artists

Saturday, March 7, 2009, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    • Live-link lab tours
    • Technology demonstrations
    • Round table
    • Presentations

Presenters (partial list):

George Barbastathis / Nick Loomis / Jose Dominguez–Caballero, 3-D Optical Systems Group, MIT: Warping space from 3-D to 2-D: volume holography, digital holography, and real-time imaging

Michael Bove, Principal Investigator, Object-Based Media Group, MIT Media Lab: Holographic Video and 3-D Television

Paula Dawson, Associate Professor, University of New South Wales: Holoshop; haptic drawing in 3-D

Elizabeth Goldring, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Advanced Visual Studies, MIT: "Seeing Machines" for the Sight-impaired

Michael Halle / Wendy Plesniak, Surgical Planning Laboratory, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston: Holography for quantifying disease and guiding surgery

Sean Johnston, University of Glasgow: History and sociology of holography

Aude Oliva / Antonio Torralba, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT / Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT: Insights on Visual and Cognitive Disorders through Optical Illusions and the Potential of Holographic 3-D

Ramesh Raskar / Ankit Mohan, Camera Culture Group, MIT Media Lab: 4-D Capture and 6-D Display

New Exhibitions @ the MIT Museum: Spring 2009

Félix Candela: Engineer, Builder, Structural Artist
April 2 – September 20
Reception: April 2

Mark Epstein Innovation Gallery in the Museum

Connections: work by the Sociable Media Group, MIT Media Lab (Feb. 10 – Sept. 13)
Hollowed: A collaboration with MIT Media Lab visiting artist Marisa Jahn and partner Steve Shada
(March 19 – Sept. 13)


Low Rez HI FI, an installationdesigned by Prof. Meejin Yoon, MIT   (opens April 2)

Ongoing Displays

MIT and The Sea: Pioneers in Ocean Exploration
Klein Side Scan Sonar: A World Leader in Ocean Exploration
8 Einsteins: Professor Aude Oliva's hybrid images that challenge perception

New Exhibition at the Compton Gallery, 77 Massachusetts Ave. 
Ports And Ships: Photographs By Andrea Frank
Opens February 10, 2009 – June 14, 2009
Artist talk: February 24 at 2:00 p.m., and March 31, 2 p.m. free admission

Exhibition photographs available upon request

February 15: Chantey Sing in the Museum
February 16 - 21: Drop-in robotics programs celebrating National Engineering Month. Daily 1:00-4:00 p.m.
February 24: Artist talk with Andrea Frank in Compton Gallery: 2:00 p.m.
February 26: Public Reception for Connections; Meet Judith Donath, Director of the MIT Sociable Media Group and the researchers who developed the exhibition
March 6 - 7: Photos, Neurons and Bits: Holography for the 21st Century: Interdisciplinary Forum. Pre-registration required: http://web.mit.edu/museum/forum/
March 31: Artist talk with Andrea Frank in Compton Gallery: 2:00 p.m.
Cambridge Science Festival: April 25 – May 3, 2009: Opening Carnival to be held on April 25, Kresge Oval, MIT Campus Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Watch this space for information about a new Soap Box Series about energy.

The Felix Candela exhibition has been made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Mildred Clarke Pressinger von Kienbusch Memorial Fund, the Friends and Partners of the Princeton University Art Museum, and the Joseph L. Shulman Foundation Fund for Publications.  Additional funding has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Office of the President, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the James L. Green Endowment Fund, the Department of Art and Archaeology, the School of Architecture, and the Council on Science and Technology, Princeton University.  Additional support for the project has come from the Randolph Evans Fund, Alan Goodfellow, the National Science Foundation, the American Concrete Institute, Z Corporation, and INTECH Construction, Inc.  Above all, the generosity and support of Dorothy Candela have been crucial to the entire project. Funders for the MIT Exhibition include: the MIT School of Architecture and Planning and the Dept of Civi and Environmental Engineering.


The mission of the MIT Museum is to engage the wider community with MIT's science, technology and other areas of scholarship in ways that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.

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Compton Gallery @ 77 Massachusetts Ave., Building 10, Rm 150
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Press Contact:
Josie Patterson
Director, MIT Museum Public Relations & Marketing
617-253-4422/ josiep@mit.edu

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