PUBLIC #47: Parallax: Stereoscopic 3D in moving images and visual art (Publication: Spring 2013)

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Janine Marchessault, Dan Adler and Sanja Obradovic (York University)
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PUBLIC #47: Parallax: Stereoscopic 3D in moving images and visual art
(Publication: Spring 2013)

The most recent revival of stereoscopic 3D (S3D) moving images, from cinema and television to video games and cell phone applications, signifies a new development in global screen cultures and media technologies. As the stereoscopic technology becomes more available and more studio productions are scheduled for release in S3D format, scholars, artists and industry professionals require a common language for discussing the aesthetics and industry of S3D that goes beyond the current largely technical terminology. Moreover, independent S3D works of art require careful examination in the context of the most recent resurgence of the medium within the mainstream mediascapes.

This special issue of PUBLIC journal will critically analyze the dynamics and significance of the current, as well as the past and the future developments. The essays in this issue will explore the aesthetic, economic and cultural implications of using stereoscopic images in the context of contemporary art, media and technology. Interdisciplinary perspectives and artists' projects are welcome.

Potential topics:

- hitherto uncharted history of stereoscopic 3D
- language and aesthetics of stereoscopic moving images
- stereoscopy and new media art
- stereo 3D in video game design and environments
- case studies of stereoscopic artworks
- use of sound in combination with stereoscopic visual content
- non-entertainment use of stereoscopic media
- stereo 3D military applications, cartography, medical/scientific imaging in artistic practices
- artistic projects

Proposal deadline (250 words): April 1st, 2012

Text and project deadline (3-6,000 words): July 1st, 2012

Edited by Janine Marchessault, Dan Adler and Sanja Obradovic

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Janine Marchessault, author of Marshall McLuhan: Cosmic Media (2005) and co-editor of Fluid Screens, Expanded Cinema (2007) is Canada Research Chair in Art, Digital Media, and Globalization, York University, Canada. She is the director of the Visible City Project + Archive which is examining new practices of media in a variety of urban contexts. She is also a co-founder of the Future Cinema Lab, a joint research project in the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University.

Dan Adler is assistant professor of modern and contemporary art history at York University. A specialist in the history of art writing and the aesthetics of installation art, he is the author of Hanne Darboven: Cultural History (Afterall Books/MIT Press, 2009) and co-editor of the volume Beyond Formalism:
German Art History and Scientic Thought (Ashgate Press, 2012).

Sanja Obradovic is a PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture at York and Ryerson Universities. Her dissertation research focuses on the transnational history of stereoscopic 3-D moving images.

PUBLIC is a peer-reviewed journal that explores the intersection of visual culture and critical studies. Since 1988, it has served as an intellectual and creative forum that focuses on how aesthetic, theoretical and critical issues intermix. In each themed issue, PUBLIC encourages a broad range of dialogue by bringing together artists, theorists, curators, philosophers, creative writers and historians. For further information, visit