tx-reverse 360°
all-round view into the ceiling of a room
A room installation by Martin Reinhart and Virgil Widrich
Wed, October 10, 2018 – Sun, February 10, 2019

In a way never before seen, »tx-reverse« shows the 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.

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?

Back in the 1990s, Martin Reinhart invented a film technique called »tx-transform«, which exchanges time (t) and space axis (x) in the 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
OmniCam-360: Jana Pape, Danny Tatzelt, Christian Weissig
DOP: Martin Putz
Production Assistants: Elias Wolf, Moritz Woll
Organist: Anna Vavilkina
Sound: Bastian Orthmann
Set photos: Alexander Grennigloh
Programming: Matthias Strohmaier
Postproduction Consulting: Leo Coster
Postproduction: Bernhard Schlick
Music and sound design: Siegfried Friedrich
Cinema technology: Bernd Rohde
Production: Virgil Widrich Film- und Multimediaproduktions G.m.b.H.


Organization / Institution
ZKM | Karlsruhe

Produced by Virgil Widrich Film- und Multimediaproduktions G.m.b.H. in cooperation with the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe