Bitcrusher

Black lines form a polygon on a white background. In one of the corners a line grows upward, creating a three-dimensional space. Small coloured polygons with a variety of shading spread across this area until a floor, furniture, windows and walls become apparent. A fragmented apartment with a cup rotating in the microwave, but no humans. The soundscape is minimalistic and resembles noises, emphasizing the impression that the spaces lead independent lives when space particles multiply and generate new environments.
The fragmented path leads onto the street and into an office building in which computers running a video game occupy identical rooms. The reflection of a person´s face can be seen on a monitor in one of these offices, and the face melds with the game´s grid.

The sense that the concretions of the space occur when someone moves inside it has now been confirmed. The video sketches a map of forward movement, and it is filled in solely where people have left something resembling traces of memory in the architecture surrounding them."Space is what stops the gaze, what the eyes run into." (Georges Perec: Species of Spaces).
In Bitcrusher spaces are created by both the gaze and the movement within them. This interaction of human being and architecture blurs borders, interference begins to disrupt the surfaces, spaces meld into each other. The often-cited virtual space receives a new visual and tactile dimension.

(Andrea Pollach)

Translation: Steve Wilder

Orig. Title
Bitcrusher
Year
2004
Country
Duration
11 min
Director
Harald Holba
Category
Animation/Computeranimation
Orig. Language
no dialogue
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Credits
Director
Harald Holba
Actor/Actress
Marlies Kitzwögerer
Available Formats
Betacam SP (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound Format
stereo
Frame Rate
25 fps
DVD (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound Format
stereo
Frame Rate
25 fps
Festivals (Selection)
2004
Weimar - back-up festival. new media in film
Berlin - Interfilm-Festival
2005
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des Österreichischen Films
Basel - VIPER Festival für Medienkunst
Madrid - Semana de Cine Experimental
Cork - Int. Film Festival
Seoul - EXis (Experimental Film- & Videofestival)
Genf - Biennale of Moving Images
La Rochelle Int. Filmfestival
Zagreb - 25fps Film & Video Festival
Ghent - COURTisane Festival
Amiens - Festival Int. du Film
Osnabrück - Unabhängiges Filmfestival
Berlin - Transmediale (Festival for digital art)
Wroclaw - WRO-International Media Art Biennale (special mention)
Rotterdam - Int. Filmfestival
2006
New Zealand Int. Film festival
London Int. Animation Festival LIAF
Melbourne - MIAF International Animation Filmfestival