Born in Cologne in 1956, I studied painting (grad.) and philosophy at the renowned Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf. Right from the start of my studies, in my artistic work I focused almost exclusively on stereoscopic experiments in drawing and painting. In 1981 my early drawing of a chessboard was published, Immaterielles Schachspiel, the very first artistic graphic of its kind which is called Stereoscopic Anamorphosis (aka “phantogram”). Some exhibitions and numerous commissioned works in resp. from the inland and foreign countries did follow, and 1984, still as a student, I showed Nighthawks 3D, the very first 2D/3D-conversion of an existing (two-dimensional) painting.
With my stereoscopic anamorphosis of Neuschwanstein castle, published in 1994, I reached a new level in this area of three-dimensional pictures; several variants of that item were produced, among them the largest of its kind which lies on the ground and is to be seen by the observer standing upright.
Since 1995 I am also working on animation of stereoscopic anamorphosises. Sequences of different size and length have been shown at the Stereoscopic Displays and Applications Conference in San Jose, 2005, at the photokina in Cologne, 2006 and 2008, and on several occasions in Berlin between 2008 and 2018, as well.
2007, at the International Stereoscopic Conference S3D-Today+ in Munich, I presented the world wide very first phantograms which can be interactively operated by the observer, thus providing a new kind of real-time VR/AR in the field of high-end/low-cost applications, no matter what size they will be, without particular hardware, and enabling the use of any 3D data sets.
From 2008 to 2018, I held a lectureship, was a founding member of the Institute for Design Research as well as founder and head of the 3D Lab at the BTK, Berliner Technische Kunsthochschule, University of Applied Sciences. 2014, within an exhibition at Q110, in cooperation with Heinrich Hertz Institute, dept. Interactive Media / Human Factors, my students and I presented a very large stereo-anamorphotic floor-projection which can be touchless interactively operated in real-time by the observer.
Besides these projects, I also turned to stage work for theater and opera projects, where I also adapted binocular visualization methods for the stage design and the experimental extension or replacement of the stage set with 3D projections.
Some of my stereoscopictures are to be seen in national collections e. g. Deutsches Museum Munich, Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin etc.
Deutsche Bundespost / Telekom, Bonn Deutsche Gesellschaft für Stereoskopie, Berlin Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden Deutsches Museum München Deutsches Technikmuseum, Berlin Disney Europe, London Egmont EHAPA, Stuttgart ett-on pharma consulting, Düsseldorf felina, Mannheim Fraunhofer Institut für Produktionstechnologie, Aachen Frohn Verlag, Essen International Stereoscopic Union, Hamilton (New Zealand) Internationale Siegfried Wagner Gesellschaft, Bayreuth INVIST, Düsseldorf Klusverlag, Hürth Krohne Messtechnik, Duisburg Nationalbank, Essen pianopianissimo musiktheater, München Super RTL, Köln TAS Agentur, Essen Tessloff, Nürnberg THALES, Essen Universum Science Center, Bremen …
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