Lecture: Robert Seidel – On Film between Painting and Sculpture

CAAD talk #39
Friday 20. March, 2015 11:00 HPZ F

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The Berlin-based artist Robert Seidel dissolves boundaries of genre by extending the clarity of the drawing – through the flow of painting, the spatiality of sculpture and temporal elements – into an abstract-film narrative. Besides the silver screen, conceptual, as well as real visual projection surfaces include architectural and sculptural forms.

The material for these medial interlacings frequently originates in nature and in the abstract gaze of science on nature, for example in the form of MRI images. Through subsequent deconstruction with digital tools, it becomes possible – before the eyes of the recipient – to condense these structures into a rhizomatic memory structure independent from physical space and linear time. The filmic image conserves the whole creation process in abstract-organic tableaux vivants. In the process, temporal sequences or movements become not only imagined – as frequently attempted in the history of drawing and painting – but actually represented.

Examples include the visualization of split seconds of a car crash in his diploma film (_grau, Bauhaus University Weimar, 2004); the painterly reinterpretation of biological processes in a façade-based projection (processes: living paintings, Phyletic Museum Jena, 2008); a virtual sculpture made of city fragments (vellum, Art Center Nabi Seoul, 2009); projection-based sculptures (chiral, MOCA Taipeh, 2011 and grapheme, Museum Wiesbaden, 2013); projections at ancient sculptures (folds, Lindenau Museum Altenburg, 2011 and stains, Museum of Fine Arts Lyon, 2015) as well as a water-fountain-projection (advection, Lichtsicht-Biennale 2013 and MuseumsQuartier Vienna, 2015).

Robert Seidel will also present his and related other works at Kino Xenix, Zürich on March 19th, 2015.
http://www.xenix.ch/programm/film/-/id/4195/zid/626

More Info:
http://www.robertseidel.com // http://www.vimeo.com/robertseidel