3D-Con 2017

Last week I attended 3D-Con in Irvine. Besides the military grade conference badge holder (so many pockets!), registration loot included anaglyph and polarized glasses plus a pair of solar eclipse viewing glasses. I was pleased to learn how to make stereocards from David Kuntz and how to use PhotoStereo Maker from David Starkman, Steve Berezin and David Kuntz. There is a corresponding Android app called 3DSteroid. Lots of handy tools for creating and viewing 3D images. I also attended a workshop by Ted Whitten on converting 2D to 3D images as well as watched phantograms being made by Barry Rothstein.

There was a gallery that included an mural/installation by Debi Cable using chromadepth glasses. More about her work here. Also in the gallery space was a collection of stereographic & 3D history from Eric Kurland. He has been working to build 3-D SPACE: The Center for Stereoscopic Photography, Art, Cinema, and Education. Beyond his personal enthusiasm and work in 3-D, Kurland has inherited the entire collection from the now closed 3-D Center for Art and Photography in Portland.

There were many vendors presenting VR headsets, viewers and cameras. One that caught my eye was the Lucidcam, a relatively affordable stereo video camera. While 3D cameras and cellphone cameras ebb and flow, we are almost at a tipping point of average consumer adoption or VR. The iphone was released 10 years ago and many people thought they’d never want or need one. Smartphones are nearly ubiquitous in 2017. Especially with large companies like Facebook integrating VR into their platforms, I think VR has the same potential in becoming mainstream.

phantograms being made by Barry Rothstein

Phantograms being made by Barry Rothstein

Cromadepth installation by Debi Cable

Cromadepth installation by Debi Cable

Eric Kurland shows off an interactive 3D hologram prototype.

Eric Kurland shows off an interactive 3D hologram prototype.


Adventures with VRA: Riverside

VRA SC group photo

VRA-Southern California Chapter at UC Riverside: Greg Reser, Jennifer Faist-Hill, Krystal Boehlert, Sonja Sekely-Rowland, Maureen Burns, Brenda Lozano

Yesterday was the winter meeting with the Southern California chapter of the Visual Resources Association. We first met for breakfast and coffee hosted by Sonja Sekely-Rowland, Visual Resources Curator at UC Riverside. Sonja shared with us some of the challenges of entering a new position as big changes in the structure of the department and the institution happen. She needed to repurpose many of the traditional services of a Visual Resources Curator and upgrade legacy software systems. Resource allocation affects everyone in different ways.

After catching up with everyone, handling VRA business, and hearing a little bit about Sonja’s work at UCR, we headed over to The Barn to eat lunch on campus. Walking to lunch I noticed various fruit trees that were ripe for the picking scattered around campus. Sonja shared with us that UCR is home to the California Citrus Experiment Station, built in 1907 for citrus agricultural research. Today the Citrus Variety Collection hosts two trees of over 1000 citrus types.


Relaxation Chamber at the Entomology Museum, UCR

After lunch we went to talk to Doug Yanega in the Entomology Museum. Doug showed us how the cases of insects are organized and we discussed familiar issues in physical organization of materials as well as database management and integrity. Doug has several species of insects named after him. He is a part of the International Commission for Zoological Nomenclature, which means he gets to name any new species he discovers! A large portion of the museum’s collection comes from Philip Hunter Timberlake who was hired by the Citrus Experiment Station in the 20s for his knowledge on parasitic beetles (ladybugs) for biological pest control. We saw parts of his bee collection while we were there. My favorite part of the tour was the Relaxation Chamber which sounds oh so nice! It’s actually a container of water and carbolic acid to reconstitute dehydrated insects for articulation and dissection.

Next, we got a preview of the exhibitions that are opening to the public today at the California Museum of Photography by curator Katherine Pointdexter. CMP is also connected to UCR and is part of the UCR ARTSblock in downtown Riverside. We saw abstract work by Marie Bovo, Myth and Majesty Photographs Picturing the American Southwest, and a contemporary work made in the past year by David Weldzius.  Our tour also included highlights from the permanent collection that gives a light overview of the history of photography. On the top floor there is a camera obscura and the first floor has a zoetrope on display.

Leigh Gleason, the Curator of Collections showed us the Keystone Mast Collection of stereograph prints, and negatives by the Keystone View Company. This was especially exciting given my recent obsession with stereographs and explorations in new forms of stereographic viewing. She also manages a research library and curated the exhibition Recollection: Contemporary Artists Working With The Keystone Mast Collection. Low on juice, I plugged my phone in to charge in the study room. Sadly I did not get any photos of the archives. A special consideration for earthquake country, the glass plates are stored in seismically isolated bases that glide when shaken (or pushed) that will protect the glass negatives in the event of the eventual Big One. Before we left we got a peek into the Culver Center of the Arts, with an exhibition of contemporary art.

We topped off the evening with drinks at the Mission Inn before having dinner at Tio’s Tacos. The Mission Inn has been around since 1876 with further construction in 1903 and 1931. Madelyn Millen, retired UCR VR Curator, joined us for a bit and shared some wonderful updates from her post UCR life. We then walked over to Riverside hot spot Tio’s Tacos for eclectic and decidedly not seismically reinforced assemblage installations. The VRA crew took a few quiet moments in the chapel evaluating architectural significance and influences before chowing down on tacos and aguas frescas.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone again at the annual VRA conference in Seattle this March, being held jointly with ARLIS/NA.

Tio's Tacos. Photo by Maureen Burns.

Tio’s Tacos. Photo by Maureen Burns.

Hello! An Introduction

SP16: INFO-200 Sec 10 – Inf. Comm Blog Post #1

Gleichenia immersa (Jamaica).; Anna Atkins (British, 1799 - 1871), and Anne Dixon (British, 1799 - 1877); 1853; Cyanotype; 25.4 x 20 cm (10 x 7 7/8 in.); 84.XO.227.90

Gleichenia immersa (Jamaica).; Anna Atkins (British, 1799 – 1871), and Anne Dixon (British, 1799 – 1877); 1853; Cyanotype; 25.4 x 20 cm (10 x 7 7/8 in.); 84.XO.227.90

Hi! I’m Krystal. I currently work at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, CA creating metadata for digital images. Most of the images I handle are produced by staff photographers who document the artwork in the museum’s collection.

This blue and white botanical image is an Anna Atkins cyanotype that is part of The Getty’s open content program. The Open Content Program allows high resolution downloads for free, unrestricted use of all of our digitized public domain works. Atkins’ scientific illustrations became one of the first books published with photographs.

Topics I’m interested in include: image management, metadata, museums, copyright, net neutrality, information literacy, UI/UX, public domain, and open access. I’ve studied and followed these topics for years and pursuing an MLIS was inevitable.

I have a BFA in Visual Media/Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. After graduation I interned at the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, New York for a curator and in then in the Image Resource Center. After 5 years in the snow I moved back to sunny California, where I’m originally from, for an MA in Art Criticism & Theory from Art Center College of Design. Since then, I’ve done media wrangling at a software company, worked as a registrar for private art collections, and managed social media & communications for an arts organization. I’m now in the Collection Information & Access department at the Getty Museum. Digital asset management has been a common thread through out all of these positions. My goal in the SJSU MLIS program is to enhance these experiences with formalized study in information management.

On the weekends I like to go hiking with my husband and dog, read, cook, and visit museums. I can also be found on TwitterInstagramTumblrLinkedIn, and Goodreads.

If You Enjoyed Powers Of Ten

Here is a ten minute Polaroid commercial made by Charles & Ray Eames titled SX-70.

I’m currently reading Instant: The Story of Polaroid by Christopher Bonanos (IndieBound | LAPL) and I rediscovered this little gem:

“You can look at technology as a living tree, a trunk bearing branches, the branches leafing out. Or you can see it as a net, each knot tying up threads from many sizes. But the human reality is more intricate than either one. We have been looking at one invention which began purely, out of the conception of a need: the hope to change the person who takes pictures from a harried offstage observer to a person who is a natural part of the event. The device helps meet the universal need to do things well. It offers as a matter of course a tool for supplying a rich texture to memory. More than that, thoughtful use can help reveal meaning in the flood of images which makes up so much of human life.” – Philip Morrison, who also narrated the Eames’ Power of Ten film.