New LA-Based 3D Museum with VR Exhibit Launches Crowd-Funding Campaign
As fans of the technology know, history is currently being made in the virtual reality (VR) space. Companies such as Oculus VR continue to make strides in developing head-mounted displays (HMD) that make the concept, once limited to fiction, a viable consumer market. Some of that history is set to be documented along with other 3D media in a new Los Angeles-based museum that has recently launched an IndieGoGo campaign. The Center for Stereoscopic Photography, Art, Cinema and Education, shortened to 3D SPACE, is currently looking to raise $75,0000 USD.
The proposed museum has been founded by Eric Kurland and is intended to also be a gallery, theater, library and classroom entirely dedicated to documenting 3D works. Its aim will be to educate people on the history of 3D art and science and the best practices for creating 3D content in the present day. 3D’s impact on videogames, including the Oculus Rift, PlayStation 3’s 3D integration and even the 3D glasses for the SEGA Master System, will also play a part in the exhibit to some degree. Kurland has already acquired the contents of the Portland-based 3D Center for Art and Photography, which closed a number of years ago.
“Thanks to recent advances in digital technologies, there is a renewed enthusiasm for 3-D content. From the record-breaking box office returns of 3-D movies such as TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY to the new public interest in virtual reality due to the upcoming Oculus Rift device, 3-D seems to be back in the spotlight,” says Kurland. “But most people aren’t aware that stereoscopic imaging has a very rich history that dates back to the 19th century. We want to create a center to celebrate the work of talented artists, photographers and filmmakers who have used the medium of 3-D as their creative tool, and to educate the public on the art and science of stereography, from it’s analog beginnings in the 1830s to the immersive digital realms of the future.”
The $75,000 raised on IndieGoGo would go to covering startup costs for the museum. Having raised that amount, Kurland will aim to then raise a total of $3 million to purchase a building in the NoHo Arts District of Los Angeles, which includes a 99-seat theater, 45-seat gallery, display areas and much more. Should all go to plan then 3D SPACE hopes to open to the public in 2015. VRFocus will continue to follow the project’s progress going forward, reporting back with any further updates.