Developing Alternative Aesthetics for Artistic Expression in Experimental Stereoscopic 3D Films

Max Hattler


A number of contemporary moving image artists are exploring unique types of perceptual illusions in stereoscopic filmmaking which stand in opposition to mainstream discourses of 3D cinema. This research examines some of these alternative artistic potentialities of stereoscopic moving images and discusses how artists experiment with various concepts and techniques to expand or subvert normative stereoscopic vision. Their approaches are examined from an aesthetic-perceptual viewpoint which aims to understand the resulting new perceptions and aesthetics. This is supplemented by some technical production-related knowledge which contrasts these alternative approaches and intentions with dominant stereoscopic forms. The artists under review have brought to the audience ‘imagined things’ based on reality, and impossible spaces that can only exist in what we term ‘expanded stereoscopy.’ They problematize debates related to realism and perceptual illusion in numerous ways. Blake Williams for example presents what he calls ‘fantasy’ in Prototype (2017), showing a diferent kind of reality informed by the media archaeology of certain stereoscopic media, which avoids and transcends the conventional practice of cinema to ‘re-present’ reality. Instead of the traditionally assumed passive role of audiences proposed by the psychoanalytical approach in film studies, the studied works turn viewers into more active spectators, engaging them in unconventional ways while expanding their senses and sensations. The study delineates various examples of expanded stereoscopic moving image works which show an emergent aesthetics of new forms of artistic practice and set a foundation for the future of experimental 3D cinematic art.


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