A space time cut through cinema.
A 2018, installation and short film, 10K, DCP, color, 1:2,39
Length: 5 min.
What is behind the cinema screen? It is not surprising that cinema-in-the-cinema scenes are often
used in horror films. For they irritate and unsettle by reminding us – the immobile viewers hidden in the cosy darkness –
of our own questionable position. What if the forces of unlimited imagination penetrate through the canvas into our reality?
What if the auditorium dissolves and with it the familiar laws of cinema itself? In a way never before seen, "tx-reverse"
shows this collision of reality and cinema and draws its viewers into a vortex in which the familiar order of space and time
seems to be suspended.
Back in the 1990s, Martin Reinhart invented a film technique called "tx-transform", which exchanges
time (t) and space axis (x) in the film. Normally, each individual film frame represents the entire space, but only a brief
moment of time (1/24 second). In the case of tx-transformed films, however, the opposite is true: each film frame shows the
entire time, but only a tiny part of the space – in cuts along the horizontal spatial axis, the left part of the image thus
becomes the "before", the right part the "after".
20 years after Martin Reinhart and Virgil Widrich used this film technique
for the first time in a short film ("tx-transform", 1998), they again deal with the question of which previously unseen world
arises when space and time are interchanged, aptly in a cinema and at full 360°: at the Babylon Kino in Berlin they filmed
with the OmniCam-360 about 135 actors and calculated the installation "tx-reverse 360°" for the ZKM from this material.
Concept and direction: Martin Reinhart, Virgil Widrich
Music and sound design: Siegfried Friedrich
OmniCam-360: Jana Pape, Danny Tatzelt, Christian Weissig
DOP: Martin Putz
Production assistants: Elias Wolf, Moritz
Sound: Bastian Orthmann
Set photos: Alexander Grennigloh
Programming: Matthias Strohmaier
consulting: Leonard Coster
Post production: Bernhard Schlick
Retouching: Dominic Spitaler
Cinema organ: Anna Vavilkina
Violin: Serkan Gürkan
Violoncello: Konstantin Zelenin
voice: Marlene Umlauft
Voices: Ira Prodeus, Oleg Prodeus
Sound mix: Georg Tomandl/Sunshine Mastering
Spatial Audio Mix: Thomas Aichinger, scopeaudio
VR post production: Axel Dietrich, vrisch
Thanks to: Roberta
Bianchini, Judith Bihr, Eva Dertschei, Christian Dürckheim-Ketelhodt, Timothy Grossman, Susanna Kraus – IMAGO, Ingrid Truxa,
Shot at Babylon Berlin
Production: Virgil Widrich Film- und Multimediaproduktions G.m.b.H.
Distributor: Sixpack Film
by Federal Chancellery Departement for the Arts, City of Vienna, Duerckheim Collection
Produced in cooperation with the
ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe