grapheme _ Robert Seidel _ robertseidel.com
Permanent Video Installation at Museum Wiesbaden / Germany
Setup _ Projection Sculpture _ 4 Projectors _ Stereo Speakers _ Mirror Wall
Room Dimension _ Width 4.8m _ Height 2.9m _ Depth 8.3m
Documentation Release April 2014 / Installation Premiere May 7th 2013
Installation & Projection _ Robert Seidel
Music _ Heiko Tippelt
Hand-drawn sketches were 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.
The organic projection sculpture frees the film from the dogmatic limitations of rectangular silver 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 & Projection: Robert Seidel
Music: Heiko Tippelt
Documentation: Christian Seeling & Robert Seidel
Museum Director: Dr. Alexander Klar
Associate Director: Dr. Jörg Daur
Curator & Project Initiator: Dr. Peter Forster
Setup Assistance: Clara Sawatzki
Technical Setup: Torsten Hasenclever & Michael Edler
Museum Support: Astrid Lembcke-Thiel
Museum PR: Evelyn Bergner & Annika Haas
Special Thanks to the Staff of the Museum Wiesbaden, Joern Bock and Nadine Szabó.