Fractal Time is an abstract, immersive film that plays with the origin and future of our universe. Horsthuis considers his work “a journey of discovery” and the audience is invited to step inside these new, fractal realities. The results, accompanied by an original score, are both cinematic in their visual scope, and operatic in their approach: cities emerge from space ships, bottoms of ocean turn into jungles, at any point in time anything can happen and feel as if they reach what our imagination is capable of.

Fractal Time is specifically designed for the fulldome format, with omnidirectional viewing in mind, but works equally well in forward-facing tilted domes. The best way to experience Fractal Time is to lay back in beanbags and let the fractal worlds wash over you.

In addition to being an enjoyable journey, the film can be used to accompany an educational program about mathematics or fractals. Some concepts are better understood when experienced firsthand, and fractals are no exception.

Produced & Directed by Julius Horsthuis

Featuring original music of David Levy.

Release date: 2019

Runtime: 11 minutes

Format: Fulldome 2D

About the maker

Julius Horsthuis (Amsterdam, 1980) is a Digital Artist.

After a 15-year career in the Dutch film and entertainment industry, first on-set and later as a Visual Effects artist and supervisor, Julius started experimenting with fractal animation techniques, creating a unique blend between abstract and cinematic animation.

His work quickly gained worldwide recognition, being picked up by blogs and news sites such as The Creators Project, Gizmodo, Newsweek, and the Vimeo Staff Picks. His Fulldome film Fractal Time was recognized by Forbes as one of the 35 best XR experiences of 2019.

Julius created music videos for Max Cooper, Meshuggah, Eric Serra and background visuals for Avicii, Lady Gaga and others.

His fractals have also featured in Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities’ third episode: The Autopsy, and Michel van der Aa’s opera Upload.

In 2021 Julius exhibited his work in Manhattan based digital art gallery ARTECHOUSE NYC. Other immersive works have been on display at the NXT Museum in Amsterdam, OASIS Montréal, ARTPLAY in Moscow, and others.

Festival exhibitions include the Art Futura Festival, Art Basel Miami, Coachella, IDFA, Noor Riyadh festival, and others.

Julius continues to push the limits of fractal immersive art, both in physical spaces as in digital ones: VR.

Available Formats

  • Fulldome 2D Digital
  • Tilted Dome 2D Digital

Language Versions

  • Music only