«Holograms haven’t been cool for a long time. I’m old enough to remember when they were, at least to a 1980s kid raised on “Star Wars” and “Jem and the Holograms.” Somehow they’ve been left out of the great 3-D revival, confined to credit cards, scanners and other useful but dull items.
True, the reincarnation of Tupac Shakur at this spring’s Coachella festival had everyone talking about holograms for a millisecond. But it turned out that Tupac wasn’t actually a hologram; he was a digital animation projected on glass, using a 19th-century magician’s trick, no less.
“Pictures From the Moon: Artists’ Holograms 1969-2008,” at the New Museum beginning on July 5, should restore some of the hologram’s original techno-futuristic cachet. Accompanying a larger survey of art and technology called “Ghosts in the Machine,” it will explore the various ways artists have used holograms since they were introduced in the 1960s...» - Karen Rosenberg