ORT (2017)

360 Video Panorama, silent. Public Project.

ORT was originally commissioned to seamlessly wrap around Oscar Niemeyer’s enigmatic Le Volcan, a theater building in Le Havre, France. It was shown for 3 weeks, each night, during October 2017.

ORT juxtaposes natural environments, mostly deserts in Utah, US and Sharjah, UAE, with digitally constructed landscapes, grids and atmospheres. Monumental human heads - CGI characters created from human motion capture material – are sitting in-, drifting over- and generally populating the panoramic, hybrid landscapes. Inspired by the ancient statues of Easter Island, these 3D heads, equally natural and synthetic, exist in motion loops only, devoid of bodies or agency.

ORT, after its initial presentation in Le Havre, is now also shown indoors in its “unrolled” long stretch panorama form.

ORT is a silent work.

ORT – Production Credits:
© Kurt Hentschläger, 2014-17
Camera United Arab Emirates & Switzerland & Video Grading: Gregor Grkinic
Camera Utah: Kurt Hentschläger 
3D Modeling, Textures & Animation Setup 3D Heads: Rhys Bevan
Research & 3D Facial Motion Capture: Alfredo Salazar Caro
3D Motion Capture Performers: Alexandria Eregbu, Alfredo Salazar Caro, Christine Shallenberg, Rhys Bevan
3D Set Modeling & Animation - Ice / Lava Landscape: Snow Yunxue Fu
3D FX & 2D FX, Assistance Compositing: Pablo Monterrubio-Benet
3D Landscapes, Particle FX, Editing & Compositing: Kurt Hentschläger
ORT Catalogue / Book “RENDERED REAL - The Immersive Landscapes of KH”: Isabelle Meiffert, Detlev Pusch, Claire Dugot 
Producer, Management & Representation: Richard Castelli / Epidemic

Photos: 1, 8 © Bruno Klomfar
Videostills © Kurt Hentschläger

© Kurt Hentschläger 2022