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22. January 2018 – 28. January 2018: back track Film screening
2nd IbizaCinefest – Ibiza – Selection
15. December 2017 – 15. April 2018: tx-transformator Film screening
The "tx-transformator" is presented in the exhibition "Aesthetics of change - 150 Years of the University of Applied Arts Vienna" from 15.12.2017 to 15.4.2018 in the MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art.
Co-design of the exhibition "Aesthetics of change - 150 Years of the University of Applied Arts Vienna", which is shown from 15.12.2017 to 15.4.2018 in the MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art.
03. October 2017 – 28. January 2018: Memory Palace
Creation of the media installation "Memory Palace" for the exhibition "ANALOG_DIGITAL. Media (Ex) changes" at METRO Kinokulturhaus, Vienna (October 3, 2017 to January 28, 2018).
03. October 2017 – 28. January 2018: Side by Side Exhibition
Conception of the media installation "Side by Side" for the exhibition "ANALOG_DIGITAL. Media (Ex) changes" at METRO Kinokulturhaus, Vienna (October 3, 2017 to January 28, 2018).

Aesthetics of change – 150 years of the University of Applied Arts Vienna, 2018

A cooperation between the University of Applied Arts Vienna and the MAK

In 1867 the School of Arts and Crafts was established at the Imperial Royal Austrian Museum of Art and Industry (today’s MAK) to enable Austrian arts and crafts to compete internationally. This school is the antecedent institution of today’s University of Applied Arts Vienna, which is now celebrating its 150th anniversary.

The exhibition AESTHETICS OF CHANGE: 150 Years of the University of Applied Arts Vienna in two parts casts a glance back onto 150 years of the University’s history, while at the same time daring to look into the future.

The Angewandte: 1867–2017: From A to Z
This time span is the topic of the first part of the jubilee exhibition in the MAK’s lower Exhibition Hall, curated by Elisabeth Schmuttermeier and Patrick Werkner. The objects on view are from the University’s own collections, supplemented by works from the MAK’s holdings. Associated with this are thousands of people in teaching and studies, among them “stars” from the history of art, design, and architecture, as well as relative unknown names.

With an encyclopedic arrangement of the topical points, the exhibition highlights the vicissitudes of the Angewandte’s history and the developments it begat and begets. Up-to-date videos to convey a sense of contemporary education, showcase student projects, and give glimpses into life at the Angewandte.

The Angewandte: 150 Plus Thirty
The second part of the jubilee exhibition in the MAK’s upper Exhibition Hall, curated by Gerald Bast and Peter Weibel, outlines theses for the future and advocates for a reorientation of education, art, and society. Three chapters present aggregated trends. The exhibition focuses on current and visionary research, in addition to contemporary artistic positions.

MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art
Stubenring 5,1010 Vienna

15.12.2017 until 15.04.2018
Tue 10:00-22:00 hrs, Wed-Sun 10:00-18:00 hrs, Mon closed


Night of a 1000 Hours, 2016

Lux/A/NL 2016, feature film, DCP, 1:2,39, Dolby Digital
Length: 92 min.

When the ambitious Philip takes over the running of the family business from his father, he finds himself confronted by the mysterious reappearance of his dead ancestors. In the course of a long night, during which there are a murder, an illicit love affair and a game with false identities, Philip uncovers a closely guarded family secret.

Winner of "Flash Forward Audience Award" at Busan International Film Festival 2016!

Trailer: German version and international version.

Vienna table trip, 2016

A 2016, short film, advertisement, DCP, 1:1,78, Dolby SR
Length: 1 min. 22 sec.

"The coffee table is a microcosm of Vienna because basically, you do not need to leave the coffee house to travel once through the whole of Vienna. This idea eventually led to the idea of a miniature journey through the city, staged with saucers, cups, plates, knives, forks and souvenirs – garnished with projected memories and the many starters, main courses and desserts one can so often find here. (Virgil Widrich)

Winner of 22 international awards or honorable mentions!

Link to Film and Making of...

back track, 2015

A 2015, short film, Stereo DCP, black/white, 1:2,39
Length: 7 min.

Virgil Widrich's short film is a 7-minute 3D-remix of feature films from the 1950s and 60s which were projected on glass and photographed in 3D. The World premiere at the 61st International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. Additional festivals: Diagonale, Zagreb Animafest, Karlovy Vary, Vila do Conde, Wroclaw, Bristol, Sevilla, Cambridge, Milano, and Wiesbaden. Winner of 9 international film awards!

Link to making of; download press kit

"'back track' presents itself as yet another work of bravura by one of Austria’s most inventive filmmakers, his ingeniously intricate ideas ever a source of newfound pleasure."
Peter Tscherkassky

checkpointmedia GmbH – Multimedia Productions

In 2001 a network of people who had been working with multimedia for many years decided to join forces and found their own company – checkpointmedia. In autumn of the same year, they moved into their new office in the Haus der Musik, 1010 Vienna.
As one of the most successful representatives of "Creative Industries Vienna/Austria," checkpointmedia acts as an interface between arts/culture and the business world. Apart from the three founders and managing directors, Stefan Reiter, Stefan Unger and Virgil Widrich, the firm now consists of a large network of project partners. Since 2015 the company is named "checkpointmedia GmbH" and is located in Seilerstätte 13, 1010 Vienna, Austria.

Fast Film, 2003

A/Lux 2003, short film, 35 mm, 1:1,66, Dolby SRD
Length: 14 min.

"Fast Film" is an animated homage to motion pictures, hand-made by folding 65,000 print outs of film frames into three-dimensional objects. The film won 36 international awards.
Download photos
YouTube: making of Fast Film
Link to film's website

Copy Shop, 2001

A 2001, short film, 35 mm, 1:1,66, Dolby SR
Length: 12 min.

The story of a man who copies himself until he fills up the entire world. The film won 37 international awards and was nominated for the Oscar 2001 (best short film).
Youtube: film and making of
Link to film's website

"A dazzling nightmare" - The Guardian, London