Modern take on old technique

Artist Darryl Rogers with his video holographic installation.
Artist Darryl Rogers with his video holographic installation.

AN EXPERIMENT in the displacement of reality projects on glass at Launceston's Sawtooth Ari Gallery.

Lake Leake artist Darryl Rogers's Schnsucht display is a video holographic installation based on a technique that harks back to 16th-century Neapolitan scientist Giambattista della Porta.

The display includes two television displays, a projector and a triple- layered audio track, designed to make its viewers question the nature of perception.

Rogers said his installation, while taking about three months to construct, was the result of about two decades of research into the technique - commonly known as Pepper's Ghost.

The display works by projecting an image onto an angled piece of clear glass and has been used to bring illusions of Michael Jackson and Tupac Shakur back to live audiences.

Rogers said the intriguing spectacle was the first step in what he hopes can be developed into a more expansive future exhibition.

He said schnsucht was a German word and loosely translated to English as "a sense of longing for something beyond the reality of this world".

The exhibition will be on display until the end of this month.

- JAMES BRADY