Elastic 3D Spaces

Anthony Head (Artist)

Research output: Other contribution


‘Elastic 3D Spaces’ is a practice-based exploration of the medium of stereographic 3D and its effect on audiences. Over the five-year span of the project (2014 – 2019), Head created a series of installations, each developing the idea of the relationship between the body and stereographic space. Stereographic space implies the illusion of depth and immersion that 3D stereo provides. Head’s contribution to the overall collaborative project took the form of four art-based experiments, Symphony of Light, iMigration, Flow, Light Years VR, as well as co-organising a number of international exchange symposia. Head has created understanding about the impact the body (of the viewer) has with stereographic 3D, in terms of physicality, movement and sense of immersion.

Starting at a publicly funded event, Illuminate 2015, (Arts Council England), the first event of the calendar of UNESCO International Year of Light 2015, Head created Symphony of Light, a large scale interactive stereo artwork, enabling the audience to move around the space in front of the projection. Flow developed this understanding with a sculptural form that changed in perceived scale depending on how/where the viewer was positioned. This work led to Head becoming an Immersion Fellow for South West Creative Technology Network (£16,000) where his investigations moved into virtual reality resulting in his creation of Light Years VR.

Subsequent funding from the Canadian SSHRC Connections Grant (CA$30,000) for ‘Elastic 3D Spaces’ led to an international workshop and colloquium with Concordia University (2016/17). Further funding of CA$160,000 led to two symposium and further exchanges between Canada, the UK and a growing network involved with ‘Elastic 3D Spaces’. Head led a workshop on the topic for ISEA 2017 in Colombia. Following a presentation at ‘Besides the Screen’ (Coventry 2016), Head was invited to co-write a chapter in the related book published by Oxford University Press.
Original languageEnglish
TypeMulti Component Output
PublisherUniversity of Dundee
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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  • Elastic Spaces

    Anthony Head (Participant)

    11 Jun 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  • Elastic 3D Space

    Anthony Head (Organiser)

    24 Feb 201827 Feb 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  • Elastic Spaces Third International Symposium 2017

    Anthony Head (Participant) & L Sujir (Participant)

    11 Oct 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

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