Sept. 17: Robert Seidel

For the first colloquium of the semester, held on Sept. 17 (Tuesday), we are pleased to welcome Berlin-based artist  Robert Seidel who will speak on the topic of “Expanded Image Spaces: Animation as an Artistic Practice”.

Date: Sept. 17, 2019 (Tuesday), 16:00

Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

Topic:  Expanded Image Spaces: Animation as an Artistic Practice


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-organic 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 3D scans, Motion Capture Data or MRI images. Through subsequent deconstruction with digital tools, it becomes possible – before the eyes of the recipient – to condense these fragments 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 of his artistic practice include the visualization of split seconds of a car crash (_grau, Diploma Bauhaus University Weimar, 2004); virtual sculptures made of city fragments (vellum, Art Center Nabi Seoul, 2009); environmental performances and installations (magnitude, Epicenter Projects, 2015; tempest, Digital Graffiti Festival, 2017, mue, Palais des Beaux Arts Lille, 2018), projection-based sculptures (folds, Lindenau Museum, 2011; grapheme, Museum Wiesbaden, 2013) and experimental films (vitreous, 2015 and husby-klit bk., 2017). 


Robert Seidel (*1977) began his studies in biology before transferring to the Bauhaus University Weimar to complete his degree in media design. His projections, installations and experimental films have been shown in numerous international festivals, as well as at galleries and museums such as the Palais des Beaux-Arts Lille, ZKM Karlsruhe, Art Center Nabi Seoul, Young Projects Los Angeles, Museum of Image and Sound São Paulo and MOCA Taipei. His works have been honoured with various prizes, including the KunstFilmBiennale Honorary Award and the Visual Music Award Frankfurt. In his work Seidel is interested in pushing the boundaries of abstracted beauty through cinematographic approaches, as well as ones drawn from science. By the organic interplay of various structural, spatial and temporal concepts, he creates a continuously evolving complexity. Out of this multifaceted perspective emerges a narrative skeleton, through which viewers connects to the artwork on an evolutionary-derived and phylogenetic-fixated symbolic level. Seidel lives and works in Berlin and Jena as artist as well as curator.

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