Gestalt [2003 / 2008]

DV, 5:20 minutes

Four-dimensional quaternions (fractals) are visualized by projecting them into three-dimensional space. Instead of modeling objects of human imagination the realm of mathematics is explored. Only the variables of one formula (x[n+1]=x[n]^p-c) were changed. It took me about a year to get an idea of the transformations and shapes which could be expressed by this formula. Almost another year was needed to render the sequences which I decided to use.

I added some sketches to the Sketches category here, here and here

More on the 4th dimension here

-Honorary Mention at the Prix Ars Electronica 2003
-Best Video/Computer Art at the Asolo Film Festival
-Best Experimental Film at the Lausanne Underground Film Festival
-Low Budget Video Award at the Microcinefest
-nominated for the Imagina Award at the Imagina

Gestalt is available on the following DVD compilations:
-CyberArts 2003 – International Compendium Prix Ars Electronica
-Imagina Trips – Volume 2

Gestalt_HD_2008 [2008]
HD, 5:20 minutes

A re-rendering of Gestalt in HD and 16:9. Since this film is basically a visualization of a mathematical body it is theoretically possible to render it in as high a resolution as technically feasible. One would always get more detail. The visual structures and transformations that one can see in the film are only inferior representations of much more complex visual ideas that exist in four-dimensional space and are not bound to a certain resolution or 3D representation. In theory it would be possible and more true to the original formula to show the visual transformations as a 3D hologram where one could then perceive different perspectives that are of course not available in the conventional film format.