Robert Seidel’s permanent video Installation, Grapheme, at Museum Wiesbaden, Germany opened on May 7th, 2013.
Grapheme _ Description
The video installation by the Berlin-based artist is located at the entry of the newly renovated south wing of the Museum’s collection of the Old Masters with works by Bartholomäus Bruyn, Sebastiano del Piombo, Franz Floris, Domenico Tintoretto, Pietro Liberi, Joos de Momper, Oswald Achenbach, Anselm Feuerbach, Ludwig Knaus, Carl Spitzweg, Lovis Corinth, and Max Liebermann.
Setup: projection sculpture, 4 projectors, HD-players, stereo speakers, mirror wall
Hand-drawn sketches are the starting point for the installation Grapheme. They delineate the artist’s initial creative idea and serve as the basis for the films projected, as well as for the form of the projection sculpture itself. These sketches are translations of memories and associations, which the artist, like in a diary, has captured from the most varied places and stations of life.
In the amorphous abstract films, the structural state of these sketches is translated into a temporal flow of images. Here, for example events from the past fade away and become connected in continual transformation to new experiences and impressions. The moving film image preserves this reconstruction process, without ever indicating an end-state.
Seidel’s organic projection sculpture frees the film from the dogmatic limitations of rectangular screens and monitors. These delicate, laser-cut tissues float in the architectural space, light spills over them, and they come to life before the viewers’ eyes.
Mirrors reflect the projected film image back onto viewers and allow them to become part of the work in the form of their own reflected image. In the multiple layers of the work, observers’ personal memories, their own reflection, that of the museum environment, the installation and the daylight become bound together into a situational work of art.
Installation: Robert Seidel
Sound: Heiko Tippelt