Creative processes are complex and branched; in them, claim and realization converge, with the outcome uncertain. Robert Seidel's projection gathers the fragments of such a non-linear process and depicts it on the façade of the new Deutsche Romantik Museum.
Inspired by the extensive archives of the Freie Deutsches Hochstift, the Museum's supporting association, and the manuscripts, drafts and drawings collected over the past hundred years, "Obsidian" captures the wandering gaze of the artist as an explorer, creating creates something unseen from an exuberant wealth of sources.
Set in motion, Seidel's pictorial worlds oscillate between gestural handwriting, delicate calligraphy and boisterous figurines. As media chimeras, they bridge the intellectual world of analogue romanticism and the optimized, digital modern age. While our everyday life amid the intoxication of devices offers ever fewer havens of peace, in the scriptural film sculptures the most diverse timelines, dimensions and perspectives penetrate without regard to Euclidean space or physical boundaries. By means of dramatic deceleration and deliberate mental leaps, an abstract haven of peace, akin to nature, is created.
Supported by artificial fog and a soundtrack composed by the artist, "Obsidian" unfolds a crystalline web of associations, bringing the sublime and intangible back into the urban world of the senses.
We met Robert Seidel, when he was on research in Frankfurt. Here is the report: Knee-depp in the german romantic
Robert Seidel works on the transcended boundary of abstract beauty with a visual, technological and scientific approach. His projections, installations and experimental films have been shown at numerous international festivals and in such museums as the Palais des Beaux-Arts Lille, ZKM Karlsruhe, Art Center Nabi Seoul, Young Projects Los Angeles and MOCA Taipei and have been awarded, among others, the Honorary Prize of the KunstFilmBiennale and the Visual Music Award Frankfurt.
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