tx-transform - looking at space and time upside down
Lecture by Virgil Widrich
Virgil Widrich presents the innovative film technique “tx-transform”, which was developed by Viennese artist and technician Martin Reinhart and is the basis for a short film of the same name, directed by Virgil Widrich and Martin Reinhart. In this technique the time and space axes of conventional film change places, revealing a fascinating and hitherto unknown universe of moving images. tx-transform enables the viewer to watch the temporal sequence of a movement in cross-section for the first time, thus disturbing the familiar relationship between time and space. The customary perception of time is turned on its head. Objects, which remain in one place for a long time are stretched, rapid movements are compressed - arms and legs detach themselves from the torso, heads are unscrewed. But tx-transform is not only an exciting visual experience; it also challenges the intellect to play with the concept of time. A great many connections can be made with early studies of movement in photography and film and the theory of relativity, which encourage us to reconsider the historical and theoretical principles of the sequence of movements.