"tx-transformator" by Martin Reinhart and Virgil Widrich, 1999
"tx-transformator" by Martin Reinhart and Virgil Widrich, screenshot, 1999
"tx-transformator" by Martin Reinhart and Virgil Widrich in the exhibition "Aesthetics of change" at MAK, 2017
"tx-transformator" by Martin Reinhart and Virgil Widrich in the exhibition "Aesthetics of change" at MAK, 2017


tx-transform, a film technique that was presented at the Diagonale festival in 1999, has been developed further in the year 2000. This time, a team consisting of Martin Reinhart and Virgil Widrich is presenting the tx-transformator. This automat, based on the theory of relativity, allows viewers for the first time to modify their perception of the familiar relation between space and time by experiencing time in a transverse flow to their spatial movements. Thereby, an interactive and astonishing new perception is made possible in real time. Hence, the regular sequence of motion is turned upside down: visitors, who keep staying at the same location, are being stretched, abrupt movements are compressed. Limbs are moving away from bodies, heads get unwinded. Behind the tx-transformator's plain design, developed in the former German Democratic Republic (by Robotron 1983), not only a sophisticated technology is hidden, but also an intriguingly simple idea, which can be explored by means of a short video.
Link to filmwebsite
YouTube: film
Idea and concept: Martin Reinhart, Virgil Widrich
tx-software: Georg Dorffner
Graphics: Haderer Graphic Design
Multimedia programming: Stefan Ladstätter
Hardware: Georg Hirzinger, Martin Reinhart
Electronics: Martin Moser
Developed on behalf of DEAF (Dutch Electronic Art Forum)
Co-funded by Federal Chancellery Departement for the Arts

Events, film screenings: 5

23. April 2018
tx-transform shooting with Martin Putz and Martin Reinhart in Vienna. The material will be used to test a new tx-transformator, which will be presented at the ZKM - Zentrum für Kunst und Medien in Karlsruhe from June 2018.
22. March 2001
A 12 minute report about the "tx-transformator" is shown on 22.3.2001 in ORF/Kunststücke. Directed by Raphael Barth, Géza Horvát. Camera: Christian Roth, Attila Boa.
19. March 2001 – 25. March 2001
The "tx-transformator" is exhibited at the Diagonale Film Festival in Graz.