The nine virtual sculptures underlying vitreous resulted from experimental setups developed by Seidel for creating abstract motion sculptures.
These were generated primarily through devising three-dimensional clusters of fibrous refractions and gravitationally lensing these different volumetric and chromatic densities. Singular elements gravitate towards each other, accumulating in a gigantic sculptural system, where each entity exists with its own visual axis and vanishing point. Luminous formations create prismatic interactions between ridges and plateaux of the main colours, which float in front of the infinite violet background.
The multi-layered, continuously expanding and decaying system is driven by semi-chaotic processes from localized impulses to speculative chain reactions. In the spectrum of these possible movements, each singular sculpture becomes an integral component of the whole pictorial force-field. In its asymmetrical orchestration and multitude of spatio-temporal interactions, the abstract-organic images are close in appearance to the concepts of »moving paintings« and »living sculptures« Seidel has been developing for more than a decade.
Originally vitreous was conceived as a media façade artwork of 80 × 24 × 14 m (Target City Lights, Minneapolis, USA, 2012). It was later developed as a large-scale projection of 4 × 14 m (German Filmmuseum, Frankfurt, Germany, 2015). The short film released in 2015 features a score composed by Nikolai von Sallwitz.
2016 Visual Music Award - Frankfurt, DE
2016 Honorary Mention - Punto y Raya Festival - ZKM, Karlsruhe, DE
2015 Vimeo Staff Pick
Film + Installation, USA/D 2012/15, 3:31min
Artwork: Robert Seidel
Music: Nikolai von Sallwitz
Media Façade, USA 2012, Loop, 80 × 24 × 14 m
Permanent Artwork, Curator: Marsha Trainer
Target City Lights, Minneapolis
Vertical Projection, D 2015, Loop, 4 × 14 m
Reflective/Perspective, Curators: Leo Kuelbs & Karl Erickson
German Filmmuseum, Frankfurt
March 12 – June 15, 2015
Experimental Film, D 2015, 3:31min
Support: State Chancellery of Thuringia Grant, German Short Film Association and Vienna Indepent Shorts
Video installation with Kinetic Elements, D 2015, Loop,
7,3 × 3,2 × 3,7 m
Lux Aeterna (Solo Exhibition), Curator: Claudia Tittel
Kunstverein Gera, Germany
December 4, 2015 – February 28, 2016
Projection on Historic City Wall, D 2016, Loop, 50 × 4 m
Lichtkunst Festival, Curator: Philipp Geist
October 14 – 15, 2016
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