The artwork maps the fluid dynamics of the inner forces of a fictional organic structure, recapturing and quieting a real world agitated by technology.
Seoul seems like a glowing, crystalline urban canyon, each chasm illuminated and infinitely reflected in flat facets of glass. The film shows abstract formations that are scraped and cut out of the missing darkness of the city. They reveal a light volume overcoming the flatness of the façade by breaking into the space from the front or dissolving it from behind.
In its slowly evolving, almost biological structures the work is reminiscent of deep-sea creatures.
These complex life forms attract prey by emitting light, so-called bioluminescence. In this case the »prey« is the potential audience, who nearly lose sight of the surrounding billboards and city lights as they flock towards these hypnotic contrasts to the pulsating city life.
scrape uses a colour palette of warm shades of blue, red and green, which originate from the defined raster of neutral light sources of the media canvas. The moving afterimages painted in pure light extend over the orthogonal framework of the façade, providing a view into a stream of liquescent forms and descending gradients. Voluminous black spaces divide and separate the scene into ever-changing, ambiguous sculptural formations. With their constant process of growth and decay into darkness, they seem to exist in flat surface and spatial depth at the same time.
Film + Media Façade, D/SK 2011, 3:00min
Artwork: Robert Seidel
Music: Rafał Stachowiak aka [micro:form]
Location: Seoul Square Media Canvas, Seoul
Dimension: 99 × 79m
April 5 – September 27, 2011
Gana Art Center: Jung-Yong Lee, Won-Uk Bae, Yeom Yeun-Hwa, Sun-Young Park, Eun-Jung Jang
Goethe-Institute Seoul: Dr. Stefan Dreyer, Oan-Ho Meng, Natalie Park, Jae Deok Lee, Dominik Teuber
Special Thanks to Ulrike Pennewitz, Falk Müller and everyone else supporting this project.
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