OCAD University

Researcher Michael Page developing holographic

scanner technology

March 31, 2009

Michael Page, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Art, has received several research grants in recent months to further his research in the field of digital holography. The International Holography Fund awarded Page a $14 000 USD grant to create an Artist-out-of-residents (AOOR) program in collaboration with The Photon League, an artist-run centre based out of 401 Richmond.

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood posing in front of the green screen, and afterwards, with the computer-generated rainforest behind her.
The AOOR program will invite international artists to collaborate remotely with Toronto-based emerging artists in the creation of holographic imagery using a unique printing process developed by Page in collaboration with the University of Toronto at The Photon League’s lab. The images will be included in a limited-edition hand-sewn book incorporating both holographic and graphic elements.

Page has also been working with a research grant from the Ontario Centers for Excellence on The RAIL Project (Real-world Acquisition and Image Liaison), developing holographic scanning technologies. Acclaimed Canadian author Margaret Atwood agreed to sit for a holographic portrait using the technology — the first portrait of its kind created in Canada. Atwood was photographed on a “green screen” for the shot, which will be compiled with a computer-generated rainforest background. The foreground will depict a tropical bird landing on Atwood’s hand, which will project out of the room in the final hologram. In April, Page and his crew of OCAD and University of Toronto graduates will be holding a portrait shoot with director Atom Egoyan.

Margaret Atwood with the holography crew

The holography crew with Margaret Atwood. From left to right: Greg Kustidic (University of Toronto graduate) Dennis West (cameraman, Digital Cinema Tech), Rob Milne (OCAD graduate), Margaret Atwood, Tom West (Assistant Cameraman ) and Michael Page.
Page and his team specialize in this form of three dimensional imaging, also referred to as auto-stereoscopic 3D visualization, as it does not require the use of special headgear or glasses. Because it allows viewers to better understand phenomenon not normally visible, it’s a tool that has much potential, especially in the fields of medical education and diagnostics.

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