Berlin-based artist Robert Seidel works in the fields of experimental film, installation, public art, image making, performance, sound, and curation.
Hand-drawn sketches were the starting point for the installation grapheme. They delineate the artist’s initial concept and serve as the basis for the films projected, as well as for the form of the projection sculpture itself.
These sketches are translations of memories and associations, which the artist, as in a diary, has captured from the places and stations of life.
Delicate, laser-cut tissues float in the architectural space, light spills over them, and they come to life before the viewers’ eyes. The sculptural projection surfaces are translations of the original drawings, their distinct gestures laser-cut into plastic film, then deformed to add volume and perceived motion – all to break the surface and free the filmic image from the dogmatic limitations of rectangular screens and monitors.
The imagery of the amorphous-abstract films recalls this process of drawing, laser-cutting and sculpting and expands the temporal flow of images. One has the phenomenological impression of events from the past fading and becoming connected in continual transformation to »in situ« experiences and impressions. The projection also creates real and faux shadows, cultivating the illusional qualities of the installation even further.
A mirrored wall reflects the projected film image back onto viewers and allow them to become part of the work in the form of their own reflected image. In the multiple layers of the work the observers’ personal memories, their own reflection(s), the museum environment, the installation and scattered daylight become bound together into a situational work of art. The moving film image propagates a permanent reconstruction process, without ever indicating an end-state.
Permanent Installation, D 2013, Loop
Artwork: Robert Seidel
Sound: Heiko Tippelt
Location: Museum Wiesbaden
Projection Sculpture: 4 Projectors, Stereo Speakers, Mirror Wall
Dimension: 4.8m × 2.9m × 8.3m
Inauguration: May 7, 2013
Installation & Projection: Robert Seidel
Music: Heiko Tippelt
Documentation: Christian Seeling & Robert Seidel
Museum Director: Dr. Alexander Klar
Associate Director: Dr. Jörg Daur
Curator & Project Initiator: Dr. Peter Forster
Setup Assistance: Clara Sawatzki
Technical Setup: Torsten Hasenclever & Michael Edler
Museum Support: Astrid Lembcke-Thiel
Museum PR: Evelyn Bergner & Annika Haas
Special Thanks to the Staff of the Museum Wiesbaden, Joern Bock and Nadine Szabó.
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