FNE AV Innovation: TX-Mirror: Swaps Time and Space in Cinema

FNE Innovation 2018-08-01
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VIENNA: Real-time installation by Martin Reinhart and Virgil Widrich, 2018

tx vfx dreh 0014 11In the 1990s Austrian inventor and filmmaker Martin Reinhart had an incredible idea shaking a foundation of cinema: what if one could swap the time and the space axis in a movie? What if every frame of a film would not show a single moment of time but every moment in a small slice of space instead? And what if the next frame would not be the next moment, but the next slice of space? After a series of analog photographs created by Martin Reinhart using the new principle (and scissors) I entered the scene and in 1998 we published a digital short film “tx-transform” and a real-time installation named “tx-transformator”. Both projects were enthusiastically welcomed by film theorists, film and media festivals. 

Link: tx-transform (1998) by Martin Reinhart and Virgil Widrich

tx 04Twenty years later and with very different possibilities in computer processing power Martin Reinhart and I are updating our project: The real-time installation tx-mirror is a magical mirror with a camera where one can look at oneself and explore the laws of a universe in which time and space have been reversed. The installation also pays homage to the Polish video artist Zbigniew Rybczynski, whose film The Fourth Dimension has inspired an entire generation of artists.Peter Weibel im tx mirror 1

Link tx-mirror (2018), by Martin Reinhart and Virgil Widrich

tx reverse foto Alexander Grennigloh DSC8639There will also be a huge 360°-installation and a short film titled tx-reverse to be presented at the same exhibition at Exhibition Art in Motion. 100 masterpieces with and through media at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe 14.07.2018 to 10.02.2019

Link to the project website, to the film documentation on YouTube and to the tx-transform technique (1998).

About the Author:
Filmmaker and Director of Virgil Widrich Film- und Multimediaproduktion Vienna




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Sten-Kristian Saluveer was the organiser of the 2016 edition of the European Film Forum conference in partnership with the European Commission in Tallinn within the frames of the Black Nights Industry Days. The event focused on innovation, new technology and the digital single market initiative and other key topics for Europe’s audiovisual industries. Saluveer is an Estonian film and audiovisual media producer, festival manager & programmer, consultant, and film researcher focusing on East-Asian film industries, specifically Japan and South-Korea. He graduated from Concordia International University in Electronic Media and has followed up in Culture Management(Estonian Music Academy) and Japanese Studies (Department of Asian Studies, Tallinn University). Most recently he holds a Master’s Degree from University of Tokyo (Japan) with an awarded thesis on film industry development and international co-productions in Hong Kong, Japan,and South Korea.

Jorik2Jorik Jakubisko is one of the leading European experts in transmedia problematics. He is co-owner of the Prague based Transmedialist which will publish the comic book Bouquet at November (CZ+SK). It is first pillar for transmedia project Czech Grimm.PhD He is student at FSV UK (Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University - Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism) and he writting his doctorate dissertation on Transmedia in context of single European digital market . He also works as a creative partner in Jakubisko Film in Prague together with his mother and father Deana and Juraj Jakubisko.

 AgnesSalsonAgnes Salson graduated from the French cinema school La Fémis and Mikael Arnal, filmmaker, created the project "Tour d’Europe des cinémas", a journey across Europe visiting a hundred cinemas, seeking for innovative ideas and trends for independent cinema exhibition.


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