Monday July 24, 7:30pm
My First 3D Part III: The Final Chapter
Organized by Ben Coonley
Limited seating, RSVP recommended (to

With works by: Michael Bell-Smith, John Michael Boling, Cristobal Cea, Keenan Houser, Ken Jacobs, Lily Konigsberg, Jackson Polys, Catherine Koutsavlis, Kerry Laitala, Collin Leitch, Jodie Mack, Jeanine Oleson, Jackson Polys, Alan Resnick, Mireya Rodriguez, Rafael Rozendaal, Gabe Rubin, Drew Stephens, Nastya Valentine, Bea Walling, Blake Williams, and more


Still from Rafael Rozendaal’s “Stagnation Means Decline .com” (2002) – Image courtesy of the artist


Microscope is pleased to present the third and final biennial installment of the series “My First 3D” organized by Ben Coonley, this time with a new lineup of over a dozen artists and the widest range of 3D technologies. The artists in the program have been selected by Coonley to screen the first 3D project each of them made.

“Learning to make 3D animation and stereoscopic 3D artworks forces artists to forge new relationships to space, technology, and composition. An artist’s first 3D artwork frequently turns out to be idiosyncratic, playful, raw, personal, and messy. “My First 3D Part III” is a summer blockbuster featuring five varieties of 3D glasses, crude physics, rainbows, render fireflies, vertigo, snack foods, blobs, optical fireworks, brain shear, shapes, ghosts, prismatic separation, spiritually advanced technology, neutral density filters, and good old red/cyan.

This program consists of rarely screened works from ranging from 5 seconds to 22 minutes in length and several world premieres. A special 16mm presentation of Ken Jacobs’ landmark Pulfrich effect film “Globe” (1971) punctuates the screening.” – Ben Coonley


Ben Coonley and several of the artists in attendance and available for Q&A after the screening. RSVP recommended to


General admission $9
Members and students w/ ID $7



Ben Coonley is an artist working with video, computers, 3D, and cats. His work has been most recently exhibited in “Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016” at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York this past Fall & Winter. Coonley’s work has also appeared in “3D in the 21st Century” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), “Greater New York: Cinema” at MoMA PS1, Performa 09, the New Museum for Contemporary Art, the Moscow Biennale, and the International Film Festival Rotterdam, among many others. Recently his work has been written about in Art in America, ArtforumARTNews, Blouin ArtInfo, friezeThe New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, among others. In 2010 he was named one of Film Comment’s “21 Leading Lights of Projection Performance”. Coonley studied Art Semiotics as an undergraduate at Brown University, and received an MFA from Bard College in 2003. He was born in Boston, MA and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Still from Collin Leitch’s “Cinema Dorité”, 2016, Stereoscopic 3D video – Image courtesy of the artist

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