Berlin-based artist Robert Seidel works in the fields of experimental film, installation, public art, image making, performance, sound, and curation.
The work advection consists of several visual études projected onto the continuously changing volume of a water fountain. During the exhibition over 3 ½-months, the transformation of light and foliage from late summer to early winter progressively reframes the density, texture and luminescence of the projected imagery.
»... fragments of organic structures unite with the play of water to form a liquid sculpture. Moving coloured volumes and linear patterns overlap to form complex webs in the tradition of informal paintings.«
Curator Prof. Dr. Manfred Schneckenburger
This highly organic pictorial frame becomes the site of play for a contemporary form of moving abstract painting or associative drawing. Two projections are at work. A primary one focuses on the volumetric fountain, the reflections in the lake and iridescent flares shaping plasma-like caustics.
A secondary one illuminates the surrounding area subconsciously, dissolving what is framed and not framed, integrating vegetation, the circadian rhythm of the day and passing visitors into the mirage.
Here, twining lines change their density within the evolving volume as fragile light markings float in the bank of water vapour. The skeletal music composition of David Kamp is augmented by the sound of rippling water and the rushing fountain. Projected flickerings and the emerging natural airstreams break any regularities in the loop, making each run a unique permutation.
advection is in direct lineage with Seidel’s environmental installations tempest and weven.
Environmental Installation, D 2013, 2-Channel Projection on Water, Loop
Artwork: Robert Seidel
Music: David Kamp
Commission: Lichtsicht Biennale, Bad Rothenfelde, Germany
2-Channel Projection on Water, Lichtsicht Biennale, Bad Rothenfelde, Germany, Dimension: Fountain Projection 10 × 7 m, Background 35 × 50 m, September 27, 2013 – January 5, 2014
Curator: Prof. Dr. Manfred Schneckenburger, Project Manager: Paul Anczykowski, Producer: Marion Carey-Yard, Consultant: Hermann Noering, Technical Setup: Christian Meyer & Team, The artist would like to thank the People of Bad Rothenfelde, the Heinrich W. Risken Foundation, Nadine Szabó, Daniel Rossa, Thorsten Bauer, Elke Fox, Juliane Keilitz, Florian Licht, Jeffers Egan and Henrik Hofmeister.
1-Channel Projection on Water, CAFKA Biennial, Kitchener/Waterloo, Canada, June 21, 2014
1-Channel Performance version, Living Waterfalls by Vienna Shorts, Live music by Ritornell, Electric Spring, Museums Quartier, Vienna, Austria, April 16, 2015
1-Channel Projection, Digital Graffiti, Alys Beach, USA, June 4 – 6, 2015
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