ObjectsViewing Record 1054 of 1946
Previous Record Next Record
Switch Views: Lightbox | Image List | List
Welcome to the archived version of the MIT Museum's online collections portal! This site was used to test features and content for the newly redesigned MIT Museum Collections site, which has now launched with over 106,000 objects. Please use the new MIT Museum Collections site for further research and discovery. Webmuseum.mit.edu remains online during the transition period but will not receive new updates or content.
Named collection: Holography Collection
Object type: hologram
Maker: Benyon, Margaret
Date made: 1981
Materials: white light transmission; glass
Measurements: 12 in x 16 in
Nomenclature: fine art
The hologram is a pair with Counting the Beat, originally intended as a two-plate display. The images of a man and a woman are superimposed to form a single androgynous being. The patterning on the figure is produced by two exposures separated by an interval of a few microseconds, the light and dark fringes representing multiple movements of less than a wavelength of laser light. Double-pulsed holography gives a direct visual readout of outer and inner body movements. The dark and light fringing is like a ritualistic tattoo that bears a direct relation to our breathing and to the coursing of blood in our veins. The participants in this hologram are the same as in Counting the Beats. .
The title takes its name from Tiresias, who in Greek mythology was transformed into a woman for seven years. Master hologram made at CEGB in collaboration with John Webster; transfer made in MoH Gabor lab during an AIR. Photo: M. Benyon © Please note that due to the unique challenges of holography as a medium, high-resolution digital images are not available for most items in the holography collection. Please contact us for more information on reproducing images of holograms.