The artwork is a seven-part abstract data sculpture presented on the media façade of the Stadtwerke Center, which artistically interprets the different areas of activity of the municipal utility.
The work is a sublime example of how data can be transformed into a medium of artistic expression, using real data sets from various parts of the city to create a constantly evolving artwork that is in a state of constant transformation. Each of the visual worlds created in suprā is named in a way that hints at the characteristics of its inner workings. These include flumen, nubes, calor, aqua, equus, domus and fluvius, which represent different time frames, from daily to yearly changes, providing an impressionistic depiction of the prospering city. Each day the data is reassembled in such a way that each iteration seems new, yet familiar.
The name suprā reflects the artist's vision of the multitude of urban facilities and connections that provide residents with daily access to electricity, water and heat, and that span the city in ways that are both hidden and ubiquitous. The work is part of a wider artistic project that includes the façade projection “recoil”, which Seidel developed for his home town of Jena as part of the City Visions Festival 2015. Together with the other works in the project, suprā offers a compelling and engaging representation of the dynamic city, highlighting the intricate relationship between data, art and the urban environment.
The data sculptures can be viewed on each day of the week from 18:00 - 22:00 and premiered on 23 June, 2022.
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