vitreous

vitreous
Robert Seidel
Nikolai von Sallwitz
3'24'' · cgi · colour
2015 | Minneapolis·MN, USA | Berlin, Germany
Punto y Raya Festival 2016
Honorable Mention

The nine virtual sculptures underlying vitreous resulted from experimental setups by Robert Seidel for generating three-dimensional clusters of fibrous refractions, as well as the gravitational lensing of 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. The impalpable luminous formations create prismatic interactions between the ridges and plateaux of the main colours floating in front of the infinite violet background.

 

The multilayered, continuously expanding and decaying system is driven by semi-chaotic processes with localized impulses and their 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 spatial-temporal interactions, the abstract-organic images are close in appearance to the concepts of “moving paintings” and “living sculptures” Seidel develops for more than a decade now.

 

Originally vitreous was conceived as a media façade artwork of 80 × 24 × 14 Meters (Target City Lights, Minneapolis, USA, 2012). It later developed in a large-scale projection of 4 × 14 Meters (German Filmmuseum, Frankfurt, Germany, 2015). The short film released in December 2015 features a music score exclusively composed by Nikolai von Sallwitz.


Authors
Robert Seidel
Robert Seidel
> Director

1977 | Germany

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Robert Seidel  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 Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, ZKM Karlsruhe, LACMA Los Angeles, Art Center Nabi Seoul, Museum of Image and Sound São Paulo and MOCA Taipei. His works have been honoured with various prizes, including the KunstFilmBiennale Cologne Honorary Award and Prize for Best Experimental Film at the Ottawa International Animation Festival.


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, filmmaker and curator.


Lives in Berlin, Germany.   +info

Nikolai von Sallwitz
Nikolai von Sallwitz
> Soundtrack Composer


Composer, sound designer and producer. He has been working as a radio - on air designer /
jingle producer and creates music and corporate sound for TV commercials, film, videos, games,
radio packaging, jingles, TV design, motion graphics, imaging, theatre and art.

Also known under the name Taprikk Sweezee he released various music at !K7 Firstwordrecords Monkeytown Error Broadcast HugInc... and more.


Lives in Hamburg, Germany.   +info