Online catalogue / Martin Reinhart / Virgil Widrich :

AT / 2019
5 min.

The historical agreement is well known: we sit in the cinema and watch something made about people like us on the screen. But do the characters and cities that we observe know that we are eavesdropping? Probably not. For that reason, we can´t be certain whether we have self-willed lives or are characters in a film... That is, where does the realm of the audience end, and the one inside the screen begin? Is there a cinematographic semantic comma that marks the transition or is it fluid, more of an "and"? tx-reverse demonstrates the latter. And how? Manifestly and also sensually: through a 360-degree-panorama recording of a movie theater filled with viewers, Babylon cinema in Berlin, by means of the tx-transform technique, which Martin Reinhart developed more than twenty years ago. This, for its part, can be described quite simply, along the lines of a formula: the space and time axes of a recording are interchanged — the frame, if there is one in the digital world, shows the complete length in terms of time of each recording, but only a fraction of the space, thus precisely the opposite of what we know — where all is completely logical, entirely subordinated to the well-known laws of physics. But what does that look like? And that precisely is what makes tx-reverse an experimental film in the truest sense of the word: in it, impressions for the eyes and ears are made that have never before been seen or heard — whereby even the researcher-designer duo Martin Reinhart & Virgil Widrich had only an approximate idea of what would be created, and were therefore just as amazingly bewildered by the result as the viewers most certainly will be. Is there also a formula that tx-reverse can use to define beauty as well as intelligence, the intoxicating, the glorious, and illuminating? Perhaps this: a fable, as though told by Zhuāng Zhōu as a trip through the fun house´s distorting mirror version of 2001 Star Gate. (Olaf Möller)

Translation: Lisa Rosenblatt

The sacred space of the motion-picture theatre is where the magic of cinematography unfolds time and again. The rapid sequence of film frames, which only capture a momentary fragment of the whole, creates the illusion of an uninterrupted continuum. Here the filmmakers reverse the relationship between time and space, drawing their viewers in as they experience each frame as an impression of the entire time while only seeing part of the filmed space. (Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Hubert Poul)

Making of:

A film by:
- Martin Reinhart
- Virgil Widrich

- experimental

original language:
- no dialogue

Available Prints:
- DCP 2K

price: 30,00 EUR


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more on Austrian Independent Film & Video Database:
- Credits
- Festival placements
- Texte und Bilder
- Biographie: Martin Reinhart
- Biographie: Virgil Widrich