Palm Top Theater

Palm Top Theater is a playful analog extension for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad (and in principle any Smartphone) that converts a 2D display into a layered 3D view.

Placing in a new context the old Pepper's ghost technique of placing a half-silvered mirror at a 45-degree angle in front of an image, the project represents a timely critique of the popular memes of 3D displays and iPhones. As a gadget peripheral, PTT supports a wide range of applications and media formats, from simple videos and animations to interactive works that use the device’s sensor technology.

The device with the three mirrors, the basis for the Palm Top Theater experience, lets the spectator enjoy 3D moving images in the palm of its hand without glasses or other gear. The Smartphone becomes a private mini-theater, connected to an online community of producers both amateur and professional.

Palm Top Theater is invented by Jitsuro Mase, a media artist, and produced by V2_ and Tom Nagae / DIRECTIONS Inc, a Japanese media production company. It has won the Ars Electronica Festival 2010 Honorary Mention. V2_ organized the Palm Top Theater Exhibition curated by Maki Ueda and workshops to create new content for the device in 2011. Since then the devices have been presented at various art festivals and exhibitions around the world.

See this brochure for information on exhibiting Palm Top Theater and/or in setting up a workshop to produce new artworks or animations.


Exhibitions (selection):

STRP Festival, Eindhoven (NL), 17.-27.11.2011
Cinekid Festival, Amsterdam (NL), 13.-21.10.2011
Japan Media Arts Festival, Dortmund U (DE), 10.09.-02.10.2011
EMAF, Osnabrück (DE), 27.04.-29.05.2011


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