VIEW: Through the HoloLens: BFA Expo 16.

  Cornish students from several disciplines including theater, dance, interiors, and design participated in the Microsoft HoloLens project.

Cornish students from several disciplines including theater, dance, interiors, and design participated in the Microsoft HoloLens project.

  Microsoft’s Ben Porter (right) shows students how to navigate the HoloLens interface.

Microsoft’s Ben Porter (right) shows students how to navigate the HoloLens interface.

   The Strange World    by Majestal Vestal.  View   HERE  .

The Strange World by Majestal Vestal. View HERE.

   Keep Away    by The Core.  View   HERE  .

Keep Away by The Core. View HERE.

 
Cornish has a great reputation in the arts community for being cutting edge and pushing the envelope. We really wanted to see what they would do with this new medium.
— BEN PORTER, Director Business Strategy at Microsoft

Through the hololens

Microsoft and the Design Department of the Cornish College of the Arts engaged in a unique and collaborative opportunity for both students and the Microsoft HoloLens product team.

THE CHALLENGE: Leverage the creative, problem-solving disposition of designers and creative artists, and encourage them to explore the artistic possibilities of mixed reality with the HoloLens.

The HoloLens team offered pre-release exposure to their holographic technology, as well as technical support, while Cornish engaged a select group of innovative student talent to generate unique, mixed reality experiences through design, dance, and theatrical performance. The Cornish  proposal was chosen from a field of over 800 applicants. As a result of this collaboration Cornish became a member of a select group of early HoloLens partners and joined the list of collaborators including NASA, Cleveland Clinic, Autodesk, and Trimble.

A showcase of the BFA mixed reality exhibit featured original creative work by the Cornish students. The exhibit included student performances that were recorded on a 360° soundstage and then rendered as holographic videos, as well as student animations and motion designs that were produced specifically for viewing on Microsoft’s HoloLens device.


The Cornish HoloLens Project was supervised by Jeff Brice, Chair of Design, and Robin Avni, Assistant Professor User Experience; both full-time Cornish faculty with a depth of creative, research, and professional technology experience. The Microsoft team was led by Ben Porter, Director of Business Strategy for HoloLens.

Students: