Werner Herzog’s The Cave of Forgotten Dreams and Wim Wenders’ Pina will be screened at the inaugural Beyond Festival of 3D organized by Germany’s Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design.
The festival, 27-29 May, will include an exhibition of 3D computer games, an installation of 3D sound, artistic projects, 360° projection, holography and laser technologies and screenings of professional 3DTV and feature production.
Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, part of the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM), has formed a ‘3D Alliance’ of German higher education institutes and invested in an array of stereoscopic equipment.
“Under our leadership all universities in the region are working on different 3D issues,” explains project leader Professor Ludger Pfanz. “We have complete workflows for autostereoscopy, for full HD 3D and for 2K 3D with our own 3D cinema and we are developing a new faculty for stereoscopers. To my knowledge we are the only 3D content research and development institution worldwide.”
Karlsruhe is also leading an international consortia of universities who plan to research and produce new forms of 3D content using 3D facilities installed on campus sites. Members of the consortia include the Cinema Research Centre, New South Wales, Australia; Victory University, New Zealand; Poznan Academy of Fine Arts, Poland; the Art, Design and Media school at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Hong Kong’s City University; Tongji University in Shanghai; and Emily Carr University of Art and Design Vancouver. There are currently no partners in the UK or US.
“We have also had interest from institutes in Brazil, Cuba and Colombia,” says Pfanz. “Our aim is to develop new forms of visual storytelling.”