Michael Bove and David Levine’s 3D Holograms

2018 Mellon Faculty Grant Recipient

V. Michael Bove, Principal Research Scientist and head of the Object-Based Media Group at the MIT Media Lab, and David Levine, Harvard University Professor of the Practice of Performance, Theater and Media, collaborate on Volumetric Cinema, a project that explores and investigates the possibilities of 360-degree 3D holographic cinema.

In the first phase of the project in spring 2019, Bove, Levine and MIT students explored he possibilities of volumetric cinema through the production and development of a set of experimental films.

In summer and fall 2019, the project culminates in the creation of a short film produced and screened on a Voxon VX1. The VX1, a cutting-edge 3D volumetric display, aims to make such displays practical. Its 3D pixels create the equivalent of film grain, and its colors fade like Super-8, letting the audience watch an image made of light float in space before them. VX1 is also capable of playing with scale and perspective while still being able to zoom in, swirl around and create camera movement.

V. Michael Bove is head of the Object-Based Media Group at the MIT Media Lab. His research explores digital television systems, video processing hardware/software design, multimedia, scene modeling, user interfaces, visual display technologies and optics. He holds patents on inventions relating to video recording, hardcopy, interactive television, user interface and medical imaging.

Bove is a co-author, with the late Stephen A. Benton, of Holographic Imaging. He is on the board of editors for the SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) Motion Imaging Journal, and serves as SMPTE’s education director. He served as co-chair of the 2012 International Symposium on Display Holography.

More at the artist’s website: V. Michael Bove


David Levine is Professor of the Practice in Performance, Theater and Media at Harvard University. His performance and exhibition work has been presented by institutions including MoMA, Mass MoCA, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and he has been featured in Artforum, Frieze, The New Yorker and the New York Times. He has also directed operas and plays at BRIC House, the Atlantic Theater, Primary Stages and Soho Rep.

More at the artist’s website: David Levine

Past Events

Volumetric Cinema Workshop
IAP: January 14, 22 and 28, 2019 / 1:00-4:00pm
MIT Building E15-341
20 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA

Explore the artistic possibilities of 3D video and storytelling on volumetric displays. We’ll push the boundaries of this new medium through a series of experiments. Students with experience in filmmaking, animation, and code development for game engines are encouraged to sign up.

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Volumetric Cinema. Credit Michael Bove.
Volumetric Cinema. Credit Michael Bove.