A space time cut through cinema.

Austria/Germany 2018, short film, DCP, color, 1:2,39 / "tx-reverse 360°": Austria/Germany 2019, installation in 360°, 10K

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 the time (t) and space axis (x) in a 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

tx-transform technology: Martin Reinhart

DOP: Martin Putz

Production assistants: Elias Wolf, Moritz Woll

Sound: Bastian Orthmann

Set photos: Alexander Grennigloh

Programming: Matthias Strohmaier

Post production consulting: Leonard Coster

Post production: Bernhard Schlick

Retouching: Patryk Senwicki, Dominic Spitaler, Peter Várnai

Cinema technology: Bernd Rohde

Cinema organ: Anna Vavilkina

Violin: Serkan Gürkan

Violoncello: Konstantin Zelenin

Singing, voice: Marlene Umlauft

Voices: Ira Prodeus, Oleg Prodeus

Sound mix: Georg Tomandl/Sunshine Mastering

VR 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, Peter Weibel


Shot at Babylon Berlin

Production: Virgil Widrich Film- und Multimediaproduktions G.m.b.H.

© 2019

Distributor: Sixpack Film (short film), Lemonade Films (VR version)


Supported by Federal Chancellery Departement for the Arts, City of Vienna, Duerckheim Collection

Produced in cooperation with the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe