FVEA 442-01/642-01  Explorations in Stereoscopic Imaging: from Wheatstone to VR
Fall 2016
Class Location: F105 (and secondary locations as warranted)
Class Time: Monday, 1:00PM to 3:50PM
Faculty: Michael Scroggins
TA: Luca Cioci

Since 1838 when Charles Wheatstone first formulated a theory of the role of binocular
vision in stereopsis, numerous techniques for the creation and display of three dimensional
images have been developed. Through a series of lectures, demonstrations, and projects
we will explore the theory and practical application of the art of stereoscopy leading from
Wheatstone’s Stereoscope up to current developments in interactive stereoscopic
Head Mounted Displays.

Is there a medium specificity involved in the production of monoscopic contrasted with
stereoscopic art? How have artists subverted the stereoscopic potential for an increased
sense of realism by creating apparently impossible spaces? In what other ways may
stereoscopy be used to challenge notions of representation and objectivity? When does the
use of stereoscopic imagery appear to be merely a gratuitous gimmick and when does it
appear to serve as an integral aspect of an art work? What are the implications for the
independent film artist in the expanding adoption of commercial and home theater 3D
stereoscopic exhibition capabilities? These are some of the questions that will be addressed
during the course of this class.

As the semester progresses students can expect to develop a growing knowledge of
stereoscopic theory, technique, and practice. This knowledge will enable the production of
short experimental projects during a series of in-class workshop periods. These experiments
will be undertaken with the goal of inclusion in an optional end of semester class exhibition.

A dynamic blog site will function as a key resource for the class. This site will be regularly
updated with links to important course related materials, an evolving class calendar schedule,
and other information so you should check it weekly if not more frequently:

The course will be structured around the dynamics of student interests thus the class
schedule will evolve to meet developing needs. The schedule will be updated week to
week and in some instances further in advance based on the scheduling of visiting artists,
field trips, etc. A sample course schedule from the preceding year is made available in
order to provide some sense of the shape this course might take: