Into the Vœrtex : Case study of a stereoscopic abstract animation installation

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-71
Journal / PublicationAnimation Practice, Process & Production
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 26 Dec 2022


In Max Hattler’s stereoscopic installation Vœrtex two-dimensional abstract animation is turned into immersive images with strong three-dimensional depth. Utilizing a two-screen, semi-Cave Automatic Virtual Environment, Vœrtex creates a unique viewing experience for the viewer, a hybrid space situated halfway between immersion-in-abstraction and the real world of the gallery space, allowing the viewer to be in two spaces simultaneously. This article discusses the technical set-up, production processes and stereoscopic techniques, including binocular colour rivalry and depth displacements employed in Vœrtex. This is followed by a discussion of Vœrtex in relation to the concept of lucidity and an audience study into viewers’ perception of the work. The hybrid set-up of Vœrtex, combining both stereoscopic and interactive visual texts, allows for a sense of creative inspiration and inquiry into the dreaming mind, and participants can actively choose to explore different aspects of their perception by oscillating between two divergent states: an immersive dream sensation and a sense of being anchored in the real world.

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  • abstraction, Cave Automatic Virtual Environment, expanded animation, expanded stereoscopy, immersion, lucidity, perception, stereoscopic vision