Holograms have earned their reputation
through their ability to reproduce the three dimensions of space,
but they also provide us with a fascinating alternative to traditional
representations of time.
If photography can be defined as the
representation of a particular instant in time, holography offers
the possibility to capture duration in space. By moving in front
of a hologram, the viewer will relive the successive stages of
an event that occurred over a period of time. It is a relativistic
visual universe in which space bends to accommodate movement.
Here, as opposed to the cinema and television, time does not
slip through our fingers. Like a book whose pages would turn
at the eyes' command, viewers control the passage of the time
represented. The experience is troubling and radically modifies
our approach to animated images and more basically our relation
to images. If only for this reason (and there are many others),
holograms are of immediate concern to all those interested in
the visual arts.
Jean François Moreau
spoke in Time Versus Space: Holographic Kinetics