Stereoscopy: history, theory, artisanal practices

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Stereoscopy: history, theory, artisanal practices

Pedagogical Assistant: Aaron Pollard

Workshop *
January 30-31 and February 1, 2015, from 1 pm to 6 pm
February 6-8, 2015, from 1 pm to 6 pm

on going

* Please contact us if these times still do not work for you: 514 844-3250, ext. 230 or


Stereoscopy has been deployed for decades in gaming and popular cinema to augment a feeling of immersion in a promise to provide hyper-real experiences for the masses. Independent artists looking to create their own stereoscopic works often find the tools of the trade to be inaccessible.

Nevertheless artisanal practices among artists have emerged in parallel to the research, experiments and products of the commercial cinema and gaming industries. In recent years, electronics manufacturers have offered a larger selection of production equipment and software destined for professional, industrial and consumer markets. Concurrently some important progress has occurred within independent cinema and in certain research centres affiliated with academic and artistic communities.

This workshop seeks to demystify the stereoscopic process from production to dissemination. Over 3 weekends, the instructor will offer advice and skills development to participants concerning 3D production that is geared to the realities and specific interests of the media arts milieu. Participants will be encouraged to make use of stereoscopic technologies so as to underline and question fundamental precepts of visual perception. In parallel with practical exercises, there will be an historical survey of stereoscopy, surrounding important but lesser known projects and developments within this area of research. With guest presenters from industrial and university contexts this workshop aims to build bridges between 3 isolated worlds.

The workshop will be conducted in French.

- Be a professional artist, creator or cultural worker;
- Be a self-employed worker or a salaried employee in an enterprise not subject to 1 % Training Investment*;
- Attend every workshop session.
*Any enterprise whose total payroll is $1.000.000 or more is subject to 1% Training Investment. (Emploi-Québec Program)

Number of participants: 8 people
Registration period: on going
Cost: 135$
Call or email the New Media Lab: 514 844-3250, ext. 230 or

Reservation / Payment
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Cancellation / Refunding
OBORO does not refund registration fees except in case of illness (with a medical note) or of absolute necessity. In such cases, inscription fees are transferable to another workshop or service offered by the New Media Lab.

Workshop Cancellation
OBORO reserves the right to cancel workshops at any time and without advance notice. In this case, registration fees are totally refunded.

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Yves Bourgeois

Yves Bourgeois is a Montreal-based media artist focusing on sound and video art. He works in different platforms: from single channel, to installation, to live audio-visual performances. He breaks down the audiovisual signal in the hopes of creating and incorporating any unexpected results from the "errors" that result from this process. He pays particular attention to the relationship between image and sound, and the physiological processes involved in assimilating these inputs.

Aaron Pollard

Aaron Pollard is a multidisciplinary artist from Montreal who has been producing and presenting video art and multimedia performances since the early 1990s. His works have been shown in Canada and abroad. He studied at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design and Concordia University, where he completed an MFA. He is the co-founder of as well as researcher and head of OBORO's multimedia sector.