Intended to push the limits of abstract painting in the digital age, the experimental film is an adaptation of a multi-channel video installation by Seidel.
»Seidel delivered an unprecedented multi-sensory experience, employing three distinct outdoor LED screens for a cohesive motion artwork – exemplifying how the digital can engage as public art.«
Ivar Zeile, Director of Denver Digerati
In an era of heightened digitalization, the classical ideas and ideals of »painting« continue to permeate beyond the constraints of physical material. In sfumato the »final result« of a painting process never manifests; everything stays in motion and reiterates in an universal fear of commitment, which is ultimately the painting.
The title sfumato refers to one of the four canonical modes of painting in »Renaissance art«, a technique that emphasizes soft transitions between colors and tones. Taking up this concept of blurring clear lines and borders, the spectral »all-over« composition offers a myriad of subtle gradations and erratic shifts of focal planes.
The work unleashes a moment of pure abstraction, expanding on ideas of painting into asymmetrical orchestrations of video painting sequences.
Experimental Film: D/US 2020, 3:15min
Artwork + Music: Robert Seidel
Media Façade Artwork: Denver Digerati, Supernova, September 22, 2018
Multi-channel Video Installation: Kunsthaus Erfurt, Part of the exhibition »IOR – Index of Refraction«, November 23, 2018 – January 25, 2019
Video + Sound: Robert Seidel
Oboe: Katharina Wichate
Cello: Miriam Schwesig
Insects Sounds: David Kamp
Pipe Organ: Daniel Richter
Guitar: Sebastian Schwartze
Soundmix: Michal Krajczok
Support: Ivar Zeile, Monique Förster, Miriam Eichner, Falk Müller, Markus Heckmann, My Family ♥
Funding Film Version: Thuringian State Chancellery
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