4th International Conference on Stereo & Immersive Media — Photography, Sound and Cinema Research
Lusofona University, Lisbon, 17—19 June 2021

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Stereoscopic albumen print. Casa dos Patudos - Museu de Alpiarça Collection

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Call for papers — International Journal on Stereo & Immersive Media # Issue 6

Full papers submission deadline: 31 July 2020
Communication of decision to authors: 15 October 2020
Publication: December 2020

 

The International Journal on Stereo & Immersive Media (IJSIM) is an open access and peer-reviewed journal that reflects on our progressively immersive media culture. It has a historical and critical perspective about immersion by considering that it draws both on state of the art technologies and on old and discontinued media that have once stimulated and expanded our perception. While these technologies (from stereoviews to cinema, virtual reality or video gaming) have deeply strengthened the human relationship to virtual worlds, they have also made visual documents more engaging, offering them richer and inspiring interpretations of reality. This Journal aims at reflecting upon these topics and welcomes papers addressing one or more of the following themes:

1- Stereoscopic Photography and its Visual Cultures (19th to 21st Century);

2- Photography, Cinema and Sound Media Archaeologies;

3- Scientific and Social History of Early Immersive Media;

4- 3D Cinema, Virtual Reality and Video Gaming;

5- Media Arts (Visual/Sound) and Immersion;

6- Urban Sound Studies;

7- Performance and Visual Media;

8- Cultural Heritage and Digital Age;

 

Please find registration and submission informations at http://revistas.ulusofona.pt/index.php/stereo/information/authors

 

Journal Website: http://revistas.ulusofona.pt/index.php/stereo/

For any query, please contact: journalstereoimedia@ulusofona.pt

 

S&I Media postponed to June 2021

The S&I Media organizing committee has decided to postpone the conference to 17—19 June 2021 due to the ongoing travel restrictions and uncertainty across the globe.

We have received and accepted submissions from over 25 different countries, which means that the conference depends on an international stable global health in order to take place safely.

All submissions accepted in 2020 will remain valid and will not have to be resubmitted.
Considering this new scenario, we will extend our Early Bird registrations deadline to 8 March 2021 (registration link on our website). Regarding our call for 3D short films, the new deadline will be 30 March 2021.
The deadline for submitting your paper to our journal (https://revistas.ulusofona.pt/index.php/stereo) remains unchanged: 31st July 2020. We are considering to publish a larger number of submissions and to have this next issue both as a sign of resistance and as a stimulus for our next encounter!
Keep well and safe.

The S&I Media Organizing Committee

S&I Media Exhibition: Jorge Marçal da Silva – The Immersive Dimension

We are proud to announce the stereo photography exhibition to be visited during next S&I Media in September. ‘Jorge Marçal da Silva – The Immersive Dimension’ is an exhibition organized by the The Municipal Archive of Lisbon – Photographic and curated by Sofia Castro and Victor Gens.

 

Jorge Marçal da Silva (1878-1929) was a stereo photography enthusiast. He was a physician in Lisbon hospitals and a Professor at the nursing school. As an amateur, he has dedicated his leisure time to photograph his experiences and travels, mostly using a Verascope stereo camera which allowed him to explore the immersive potential of his images.

The Municipal Archive of Lisbon – Photographic presents a view over the exceptional aspects of nature and over the social activity that were part of the photographer’s life. The exhibition presents a set of images that transport us and make us explore a three-dimensional environment. The image selection conveys both the familiar context of viewing stereos in a Taxiphote, and the traditional motifs of the early 20th century, always keeping the sensory and challenging dimension of immersion.

Final submissions

We are quickly approaching our second round deadline: March 9.
Join us in Lisbon for this year’s Stereo & Immersive Media.
This stereo autochrome will be featured in one of our parallel events, the stereoscopic photography exhibition “Jorge Marçal da Silva – The Immersive” at Arquivo Municipal de Lisboa – Fotográfico.

Provisional Programme announced

The provisional programme for the 4th Conference on Stereo & Immersive Media, to be held at Lusofona University in Lisbon, is now available.

Registrations for the conference will open soon.

S&I Media 2020: last 7-day window to submit

We thought our final submission deadline should sound like a drum!

With ‘At the sound of the drum’, a stereoview by Michael Burr (1826-1912) gently provided by The London Stereoscopic Company, we remind you that our call for papers will be officially closed next Monday, March 9.

José Antonio Hernández Latas

Researcher at the foundation Agencia Aragonesa para la Investigación y el Desarrollo (ARAID) at the University of Zaragoza. Doctor of Art History (2002), he has also been a research fellow of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Academy of Spain in Rome (1996) and researcher of the Ramón y Cajal Program in the Higher School of Architecture at the University of Alcalá de Henares (2003-2008). Since 2008 he has been accredited by ANECA as University Professor and in 2010 he obtained the Favorable Certification of the I3 Program, granted by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. Exhibition curator and author of numerous books and articles, he dedicates his research work to the recovery, study and appreciation of the historical photographic heritage (1839-1939).

Manuel Vason

Manuel Vason’s artistic practice explores the relationship between photography and performance, presence and representation. He considers the capturing of a moment as an act of creation, a ritual towards the illusion of immortality, and an exchange between who is in front and who is behind the camera. The collaborative nature of his practice shapes a unique, hybrid art form and generates new vocabularies. His collaborations to date have produced some of the most iconic images of performance and his work has been published and presented internationally.
Vason was born in Padua, Italy in 1974. He became interested in photography while working in a black and white professional darkroom. After having assisted some of the most celebrated fashion photographers of his generation in Milan, New York, Paris, London and Los Angeles, he pursued a Masters degree in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London. Double Exposures is Vason’s fifth book. It follows Oh Lover Boy! (2001), a two-year collaboration with artist Franko B; Exposures (2002), exploring the body in Live Art; Encounters (2007), which complemented his first solo exhibition at Arnolfini, Bristol; and Still Image Moving a self published project commissioned by In Between Time Festival (2010). In 2012 he presented STILL_MÓVIL, a traveling exhibition of  ‘co-creations’ with 45 choreographers from South America. In 2014 he launched the Double Exposures book project at The Photographers Gallery and Tate Britain in London. In 2015, Vason received a grant from Arts Council England for his latest project titled The PhotoPerformer. Vason continues to develop a practice that integrates different media and forms of collaboration.

Know more about his work.

José Antonio Hernández Latas in S&I Media 2020

We are honored to present José Antonio Hernández Latas as our Invited Speaker for the Panel on Stereoscopic Photography and its Visual Cultures (19th to 21st Century). Jose Antonio Latas is a researcher at the foundation Agencia Aragonesa para la Investigación y el Desarrollo (ARAID) at the University of Zaragoza and is the organizer of the International Conference on Research in History of Photography, in Spain. In S&I Media 2020 Jose Antonio will present a talk about “The Monasterio de Piedra (Aragón) in professional stereoscopic photography, 19th and 20th centuries”.

 

More details about his talk will be disclosed soon. 

Manuel Vason in S&I Media 2020

S&I Media 2020 is proud to announce Manuel Vason as an Invited Speaker for the conference panel on Performance and Visual Media. Manuel Vason is an artist who explores the relationship between photography and performance. The collaborative nature of his practice shapes a unique, hybrid art form and has produced some of the most iconic images of performance. S&I Media 2002 panel on Performance and Visual Media is co-organised by PERPHOTO, a research project from the Centre of Theatre Studies, University of Lisbon, aiming to explore the interactions between photography and the performative arts.

 

More details about his talk will be disclosed soon. 

Carlos Teixidor will present the stereoscopic negatives by J. Laurent in Portugal (1869)

In the next S&I Media conference (18-20 June), Carlos Teixidor (Cultural Heritage Institute, Madrid) will present the photographs taken by Jean Laurent in Portugal in 1869. A unique opportunity to see these negatives (Lisbon, Batalha, Tomar, Coimbra, Porto, Setúbal and Évora), and  screened in 3D!

The stereoscopic negatives by J. Laurent. Views of Portugal in 1869

Jean (or Juan) Laurent started to work as a photographer in 1856 and by 1857 he was already taking stereoscopic views. Between 1861 and 1868 he was announced as the photographer for Queen Elizabeth II of Spain. In 1869 he traveled to Portugal to obtain city views and portrait the Portuguese royal family.
All his negatives from Portugal were made with the technique of wet collodion glass plates, using a small carriage as a photographic darkroom. Most of the prints were on albumin paper, but also some on leptographic paper. The Laurent archive is preserved in the Cultural Heritage Institute in Madrid. In total there are about 12,000 negatives by Laurent and his hired photographers. Among the stereoscopic negatives (13 x 18 cm format) there are 78 views of Portugal, mainly from Lisbon, Batalha, Tomar, Coimbra, Porto, Setúbal and Évora.

Carlos Teixidor Cadenas is the curator of historical photography at the Institute of Cultural Heritage of Spain (IPCE), Ministry of Culture and Sports, in Madrid. He has published several books, such as “Photography in the Canary Islands and Madeira. The era of daguerreotype, collodion and albumen 1839-1900” and “The postcard in Spain. 1892-1915” (Espasa, 1999).

‘The not-so-veiled charms of stereo photography’

We are pleased to reveal the title, blurb and a charming stereoscopic daguerreotype of Denis Pellerin’s keynote presentation at S&I Media 2020, next June.

Nude photographs in general and stereoscopic daguerreotypes in particular are very popular among collectors. These images, usually beautifully made and very nicely tinted, are greatly enhanced by the sensation of depth the stereoscope provides. The viewers could imagine themselves very close to those voluptuous ladies and so great was the illusion that it only stopped short of actually being able to touch them. But who among those who enjoy those images knows the real story behind this artistic — and occasionally pornographic — production? Most exclusively made in France in the 1850s and 1860s these daguerreotypes may have cost the buyers a small fortune but they certainly cost the majority of the photographers who took them and the models who sat for them their freedom and more often than not their reputation.

Photo historian Denis Pellerin reveals some of the sad tales behind the mirror-like surfaces of these outstanding daguerreotypes. Much more than mere flesh, the persons who undressed in front of the camera were young women who were dreaming of a better life and did not always realise there was a huge price to pay for the easy money they were earning by flaunting their veil-less charms.

Next S&I Media: 15 days left to submit!

Our call for papers is closing in 15 days!

We are looking for proposals on one or more of the following themes:

1- Stereoscopic Photography and its Visual Cultures (19th to 21st Century);
2- Photography, Cinema and Sound Media Archaeologies;
3- Scientific and Social History of Early Immersive Media;
4- 3D Cinema, Virtual Reality and Video Gaming;
5- Media Arts (Visual/Sound) and Immersion;
6- Urban Sound Studies;
7- Performance and Visual Media;
8- Cultural Heritage and Digital Age;

We remind you that stereoscopic projection will be available at the conference. The conference will offer you the opportunity to present your talk in 3-D if you feel inclined to. The digital images for these 3D presentations will be expected by April 18, 2020.

Also, if you are more interested in submitting short 3D films, you can do so until May 15.

Tom Gunning in Lisbon next June at S&I Media Conference

The International Conference on Stereo & Immersive Media is honored to announce Tom Gunning as the opening keynote speaker of its next edition in Lisbon (18-20 June) with a talk entitled “3-D Images: Realistic Illusion or Perceptual Confusion?”

 

The presentation seeks to explore the ambiguities of the devices of stereoscopic imagery both moving and still. Since the invention of the stereoscope there has been the claim that stereoscopic images gave a more complete representation of their objects by adding an appearance of three dimensionality. However, it has also been acknowledged that stereoscopy creates merely an optical illusion of three dimensionality, one which presents its own perceptual ambiguities. Moving from the issues raised by Jonathan Crary in his discussion of stereoscopy in The Techniques of the Observer to the history 3-D films, I want to explore how the tension between an illusionist approach of fooling the senses into believing an image and an outright challenge to representation which fosters the contradictions of stereoscopic images has made 3-D a dynamic aesthetic form. I will discuss both commercial films, such as the late Transformers series, as well as avant-garde works by Godard, Ken Jacob and The OpenEnded Group (Marc Downie and Paul Kaiser).

Tom Gunning works on problems of film style and interpretation, film history and film culture. His published work has concentrated on early cinema as well as on the culture of modernity from which cinema arose. His concept of the “cinema of attractions” has tried to relate the development of cinema to other forces than storytelling, such as new experiences of space and time in modernity, and an emerging modern visual culture. The issues of film culture, the historical factors of exhibition and criticism and spectator’s experience throughout film history are recurrent themes in his work.

S&I Media 2020: Call for 3D short films

The International Conference on Stereo & Immersive Media: Photography, Sound and Cinema Research will include 3D film screenings, creating an important platform for the display of 3D cinema.

3D films should explore and highlight the immersive features of stereoscopic technologies.

The films selected will be screened in the new Cinema Fernando Lopes at Universidade Lusófona in Lisbon, Portugal. During this screening, authors will be given the opportunity to present and discuss their films.

Closing date for proposal submissions: 15 May 2020.

Elisabeth Edwards in S&I Media 2020: ‘Immersive histories: photography and the absorption of the past’

The 4th International Conference on Stereo & Immersive Media is pleased to announce Elizabeth Edwards as a 2020 Plenary Speaker. Elizabeth Edwards is a visual and historical anthropologist and is currently Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the Victoria and Albert Museum Research Institute, London. She is Professor Emerita of Photographic History at De Montfort University, Leicester, where she was Director of the Photographic History Research Centre from 2011- 2016.

Elisabeth Edwards’s talk is entitled ‘Immersive histories: photography and the absorption of the past’ and will take place at the Carlos Relvas House-Studio in Golegã, a Nineteenth-Century luxurious and absolutely unique photographic studio, the second venue of our conference next June. See the blurb for her talk in this website

A unique venue for S&I Media’20: the 19th Century Studio-House of Carlos Relvas

The Studio-House of Carlos Relvas was conceived in 1873 as a temple dedicated to the art of photography and is the only of its kind worldwide. It’s a two-storey house with an iron and glass structure, fully restored in 2003 and in 2018, that includes a large Victorian photographic studio, labs, elegant lobbies and exhibition rooms, refined studio furniture and expensive 19th Century cameras. Carlos Relvas was a pioneer in the Portuguese photography and produced amazing collodion stereographs in the 1860’s. We are proud to have the last day of our conference in this historical studio!

More info: http://www.casarelvas.com

Talks in 3D!

Stereoscopic projection will be available at the conference. The conference will offer you the opportunity to present your talk in 3-D if you feel inclined to. Following the acceptance of your abstract, the digital images for your 3D presentation should be sent until April 18, 2020. Send us your images with a 1920 x 1080 dpi resolution to the email stereoimmersivemedia@ulusofona.pt

Tom Gunning

Tom Gunning works on problems of film style and interpretation, film history and film culture. His published work (approximately one hundred publications) has concentrated on early cinema (from its origins to the WW I) as well as on the culture of modernity from which cinema arose (relating it to still photography, stage melodrama, magic lantern shows, as well as wider cultural concerns such as the tracking of criminals, the World Expositions, and Spiritualism). His concept of the “cinema of attractions” has tried to relate the development of cinema to other forces than storytelling, such as new experiences of space and time in modernity, and an emerging modern visual culture. His book D.W. Griffith and the Origins of American Narrative Film traces the ways film style interacted with new economic structures in the early American film industry and with new tasks of story telling. His forthcoming book on Fritz Lang deals with the systematic nature of the director’s oeuvre and the processes of interpretation. He has written on the Avant-Garde film, both in its European pre-World War I manifestations and the American Avant-Garde film up to the present day. He has also written on genre in Hollywood cinema and on the relation between cinema and technology. The issues of film culture, the historical factors of exhibition and criticism and the spectator’s experience throughout film history are recurrent themes in his work.

 

Denis Pellerin

Denis Pellerin is a photo-historian with a passion for stereo photography. He has been researching and learning about the history of stereo photography for over 30 years and has written several articles and books on the subject, both in French and in English.

During his thirtieth year as a secondary school teacher, Denis had the good fortune to meet and work with Dr. Brian May before being hired by the latter as the curator of his extensive photographic collection.

Brian May and Denis Pellerin have now co-authored three books together (Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell, 2013, The Poor Man’s Picture Gallery, 2014, Crinoline: Fashion’s Most Magnificent Disaster, 2016) and are currently working on a couple more publications while being also deeply involved in the various activities of The London Stereoscopic Company, re-created by Brian May in 2008.

Since September 2015 Pellerin has been the director of the said company whose original motto, “No home without a stereoscope”, is more than ever valid.

Carlos Teixidor

Carlos Teixidor Cadenas works with 19th-century photography since 1983. He is the curator of historical photography at the Institute of Cultural Heritage of Spain (IPCE), Ministry of Culture and Sports, in Madrid. He has published several books, such as “Photography in the Canary Islands and Madeira. The era of daguerreotype, collodion and albumen 1839-1900” and “The postcard in Spain. 1892-1915” (Espasa, 1999). His publications also include articles published in academic and non-academic journals, as well as in conference proceedings. He has worked as a curator for exhibitions in Spain and other countries.

 

Elizabeth Edwards

Elizabeth Edwards is a visual and historical anthropologist and is currently Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the Victoria and Albert Museum Research Institute, London. She is Professor Emerita of Photographic History at De Montfort University, Leicester, where she was Director of the Photographic History Research Centre from 2011- 2016. She is also Honorary Professor in the Department of Anthropology University College London. Until 2005 she was Curator of Photographs at Pitt Rivers Museum and lecturer in visual anthropology at ISCA, University of Oxford, where she is a Curator Emerita and Research Affiliate.Specialising in the social and material practices of photography, she has worked extensively on the relationships between photography, anthropology and history for over 30 years. From 2010-12, she led European-funded project PhotoCLEC, on photography, museums and colonial memory.  She is on the Advisory Board of the National Science and Media Museum (Science Museum Group) and in 2014 received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Visual Anthropology (American Anthropological Association), followed by the Photography Prize of the Royal Anthropological Institute in 2017. In 2015 she was the first photographic specialist to be elected a Fellow of the British Academy. She is currently working on an ethnography of the relationship between photography, history and public histories, and on cultures of photography in museums. She is a co-editor of the book series Photography History: History Photography and is currently completing a book on photography and the practice of history.

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