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This stereoscopic installation was made using SANDDE technology developed by IMAX Corporation, which allows artists to draw in space by hand. SANDDE enables a new art form combining the attributes of drawing sculpture, movement, and sound.

Life Enhancement
New kinds of art experiences like June enhance life by expanding the range of visual language available to us. The boundaries of human articulation are pushed a little outward each time this happens.

I hope that drawing in space will evolve as an important new way for people to express themselves, as other important developments in the history of art have done. Like oil painting and photography, which have enlarged the range of visual experience and visual language, space drawing is a new medium that has the potential to push the boundary of human consciousness a little further, which is all that art really tries to do.

I made June with the National Film Board in memory of the mixed-media artist and filmmaker Joyce June Wieland, who died of Alzheimer's disease in 1998. She was my friend and teacher. After Joyce died, Jane Lynn, who was writing her biography, asked me what it was like to know Joyce. I found that difficult to express in words. She was such a fountain of imagination and inspiration. And her death was so sad. This wonderful mind and spirit went away and was lost. All that remained was our memories of her and her art. With June, I tried to express visually what I couldn't say with words. It is about my experience of knowing Joyce at the height of her creativity and during her demise. I used some motifs that Joyce loved, like circles and curling lines.

Another goal was to explore some of the possibilities of combining animation with installation art to bring animation into the art-gallery context, thus pioneering a new venue for short auteur animation, outside of cinema and television. Finally, I wished to explore some of the sculptural and environmental art potential of stereoscopic imagery.

SANDDE (Stereoscopic Animation Drawing Device) is a combination of specialized software and hardware apparatus for creating hand-drawn animation in 3D space. It was invented by Roman Kroitor and developed by Paul Kroitor and Greg Labute for IMAX Corporation. Unlike other forms of computer-generated stereographic imagery, SANDDE uses lines that are drawn by hand, literally in space, rather than mathematically generated 3D models, which lack the spontaneity and expressiveness of drawings made by hand. A smile is the easiest thing in the world to draw, but the hardest to model convincingly in a conventional 3D computer animation system. SANDDE has a key advantage in this regard. One of its unique features is its space-drawing capability. Its vector-based animation software was originally designed for creating IMAX 3D movies. June represents a creative new use of SANDDE technology, specifically to make a new kind of art.

Wednesday, 11 August
10:30 am - 12:15 pm
Room 404ABB

Munro Ferguson
National Film Board of Canada

Paul Kroitor
IMAX SANDDE/National Film Board of Canada

Greg Labute

Marcy Page
National Film Board of Canada

David Verrall
National Film Board of Canada

emerging technologies jury and committee
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Conference 8-12 August, Exhibition 10-12 August.  In Los Angeles, CA