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Tamás Waliczky :: Der Wald [1993/95]

In the first version of »Der Wald« [The Forest], made as a computer animation, the image of the forest creates the impression of a three-dimensional space constructed from elements which themselves are only two-dimensional. The basis for the image is a black-and-white drawing of a bare tree. »Der Wald« can also be viewed as a long vertical composition running in an infinite sequence. This is the first of several lines of movement in the animation. Waliczky copied the two-dimensional drawing onto the surface of a number of transparent cylinders. When the cylinders begin to revolve, the camera appears to pan to the right or left. This is the second line of movements. The virtual camera is also mobile: it can move forwards or backwards along a circular path within the forest, thereby forming the third line of movement. The combination of the three lines makes it possible to produce movements running in every direction. With this structure, Waliczky alters the whole system of coordinates on which the representation of space depends. Whereas the three directions [x, y and z] normally correspond to straight vectors, Waliczky's system of coordinates employs curved lines that loop back on themselves. This evokes a sense of limitless space: the viewer feels that there is no way out of the forest extends in every direction. The resulting illusion is complete and deeply alarming: the infinity of gaze leads to a total loss of perspective.
- Anna Szepesi -

In 1993, Waliczky also developed an interactive version of this work for a simulation platform entitled »The → Forest«, which was adapted for CD-ROM and published in artintact 2 [1995] as »Der Wald«.

Type of Work
Computer animation [1993]
  4:54 min., s/w, sound, on Laserdisk/ BetacamSP

Interactive work on CD-ROM [1995]
  published in artintact 2 [1995]

Credits

Computer animation ::
· Concept, direction, animation: Tamás Waliczky
· Storyboard: Tamás Waliczky and Anna Szepesi
· Singer: Christine Feuchter
· Sound recording and editing: Gerhard Wolfstieg
· Production: ZKM | Institute for Visual Media

Interactive version on CD-ROM ::
· Animation: Tamas Waliczky
· Design: Tamas Waliczky, Anna Szepesi
· Interface design: Holger Jost, Volker Kuchelmeister
· CD-ROM adaptation: Volker Kuchelmeister, assisted by Sylvia Molina Muro
· Production: ZKM | Institute for Visual Media

Computer animation ::

Hardware
Silicon Graphics Indigo Elan
Apple Macintosh II

Software
Softimage, Adobe Photoshop
custom software

CD-ROM version ::

Software Macromedia Director

Premiere
Computer animation: »MultiMediale 3«, Karlsruhe [D], 1993.

ZKM-department
· Institute for Visual Media

Presentations [selected]

1993
»MultiMediale 3«, Karlsruhe [D] - premiere of the computer animation

Recommended Links
· Homepage of Tamás Waliczky

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