Robert Seidel

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tearing shadows © Robert Seidel
tearing shadows poster © Robert Seidel
tearing shadows © Robert Seidel
tearing shadows © Robert Seidel
tearing shadows © Robert Seidel
tearing shadows © Robert Seidel
passion pit , 2010 Album Artwork © Robert Seidel
dream mountains , 2008 0:16 Min © Robert Seidel
phyletic museum , 2008 © Robert Seidel
vellum flyer , 2009 © Robert Seidel
Chiral, 2010 © Robert Seidel
black mirror , 2011 © Robert Seidel
Still from futures , 2006 Digital Video 16 X 9, 4 Minutes © Robert Seidel
Tearing Shadows, 2013 Projection On Sculptures, Video, Hd, Stereosound Dimensions Variable © Courtesy the artist and 401contemporary
Long Shot, 2014 Egg Tempera On Canvas 140 X 150 Cm. © Courtesy of the Artist and Gerhard Hofland
Transflexion: The Net Of Mirrors, 6/4/15 Digital
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Artist Bio

Robert Seidel (*1977) is an artist, filmmaker and curator who originally began studying biology to finish with a media design diploma at the Bauhaus University Weimar. His projections, installations and experimental films have been shown in numerous international festivals, in galleries as well as museums like Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, ZKM Karlsruhe, LACMA Los Angeles, Art Center Nabi Seoul and MOCA Taipei. Seidel lives and works in Berlin.

Artist Statement (english)

Drawings form the basis for all my films, projections and installations. I do not try to capture their end-state so much as different stages of their manifestations: the wrestling with each line, the fraying and foliating into complex webs or the dying off of entire ramifications. The dynamics of these processes, which resemble glimmering nerve pathways, is what matters – releasing them from the stillness of the picture’s surface and linking them with the memories of the observer.

In doing so I try to dissolve 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-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 MRI images. Through subsequent filtering with digital tools, it becomes possible – before the eyes of the recipient – to condense these structures 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 include the visualization of split seconds of a car crash in my diploma film (_grau, Bauhaus University Weimar, 2004); the painterly reinterpretation of biological processes in a façade-based projection (processes: living paintings, Phyletic Museum Jena, 2008); a virtual sculpture made of city fragments (vellum, Art Center Nabi Seoul, 2009); or projection-based sculptures (chiral, MOCA Taipeh, 2010 and black mirror, Young Project Los Angeles, 2011).


Ausbildung / Education

1998 – 2004 Diplom Mediengestaltung / Mediadesign, Bauhaus-Universität, Weimar, Germany
2002 Erasmus Programme, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, UK
1997 Biologie / Biology, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena, Germany

Stipendien & Preise (Auswahl) / Grants & Awards (Selection)

2012 Artist In Residence, quartier21 / MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, Austria
2011 Jürgen Ponto-Stiftung, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
enviaM-Kunstkalender 2012, Leipzig, Germany
2008 Walter-Dexel-Stipendium, Jena, Germany
Best Film, Digital Graffiti Festival, Alys, USA
2007 Förderpreis der DEFA-Stiftung, Berlin, Germany
backup.clipaward, Backup Festival, Weimar, Germany
2006/2008 Stipendium Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Thüringen, Erfurt, Germany
2005 Best Experimental Film, Ottawa International Film Festival, Ottawa, Canada
Filmmusikpreis Leo, Filmfest Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany
Zuschauerpreis, Fluxus Festival, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
2004 Ehrenpreis, KunstFilmBiennale, Cologne, Germany

Einzelausstellungen / Solo Exhibitions

2013 grapheme, Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany
tearing shadows, 401contemporary, Berlin, Germany
2012 chiral, ASIFAkeil, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, Austria
erratic, AV Performance, Gartenbaukino, Vienna, Austria
vitreous, Target City Lights, Minneapolis, USA
2011 Black Mirror, Young Projects, Los Angeles, USA
Robert Seidel – Vyner Session, Vyner Studio Gallery, London, UK
2009 Blurring the Boundaries, Art Center Nabi, Seoul, South Korea
2008 processes: living paintings, Phyletisches Museum, Jena, Germany

Gruppenausstellungen (Auswahl) / Group Exhibitions (Selection)

2013 Lichtsicht-Biennale, cur. by Manfred Schneckenburger, Bad Rothenfelde, Germany
Berlin.Status(2), Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Form and Substance, Gowanus Ballroom Brooklyn, New York, USA
RESET- Abstract Painting in a Digital World, Kunstmuseum Celle, Germany
2012 Axel Anklam and Robert Seidel, Collaborative Installation, Galerie Rothamel, Frankfurt, Germany
RESET- Abstract Painting in a Digital World, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Kollisionen, marke.6, Neues Museum, Weimar, Germany
Abstract Confusion, Städtische Galerie, Gladbeck / Kunsthalle, Erfurt, Germany
GAP, glue gallery, Berlin, Germany
2011 Video Sound Art, Castello Visconteo, Abbiategrasso, Milano, Italy
Rojo Nova, Fundação Casa França-Brasil, Rio, Brazil
Fokus Junge Kunst, Lindenau-Museum, Altenburg, Germany
Abstract Confusion, b-05, Montabaur / Kunstverein, Ulm, Germany
German Media Art, Seoul Square / GanaArt Center, Seoul, South Korea
2010 Tripolar – 3 Positions in German Video Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan
Rojo Nova, Museum of Image and Sound / SESC Pompeia, São Paulo, Brazil
Kinetikus Kép, 2B Galéria, Budapest, Hungary
2009 Come Join Us, Mr. Orwell!, Tomorrow City Open Theatre, Incheon, South Korea
In nachbarlicher Nähe – Bauhaus in Jena, Kunstsammlung, Jena, Germany
Video Visions (TV show), Edith-Ruß-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg, Germany
2008 Projections OnLake, Pasadena, USA
Scenes from Everyday Life, Artspace Lodypop, Basel, Switzerland
Visions in the Nunnery, Nunnery Gallery in Bow, London, UK
2007, ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie), Karlsruhe, Germany
Sleek Art Wall, Berlin, Germany
2006 Abstract Art Now - Floating Forms, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany
GORGE(L) – Oppression and Relief in Art, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium
Painting Body / Decoding Painting, Sign Gallery, Groningen, Netherlands
2005 denkbilder, Internationaler SWR Medienkunstpreis, ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und
Medientechnologie), Karlsruhe, Germany
Ich war Künstler, ACC Galerie, Weimar, Germany

Filmprogramme & Performance (Auswahl) / Screenings & Performance (Selection)

2013 FIVAC, 5th International Video Art Festival, Camagüey, Cuba
Game Art Festival, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA
MIST, Isle of Wright, UK
Tripoteca, Horse Hospital, London, UK / Eforie Cinema, Bucharest, Rumania
2012 Intersections, Special Screening, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Ottawa, Canada
Vimeo Awards, New York, USA
China International Animation and Digital Arts Festival, Changzhou, China
Visible Bits Audible Bytes, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
Imagem-Contato, Screening curated by Videoformes, Mostra SESC de Artes, Sao Paulo, Brazil
donaufestival, Krems, Austria
Rockland Shorts, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, USA
Sinwald, Leipzig, Germany
Life as Art, Joanna Burke @ The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Chicago, USA
2011 Faux Images, LEAP, Berlin, Germany
onedotzero, British Film Institute, London, UK
CRAC 19, Natures Mortes, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Montbéliard, France
ArtMUSE, Sofia, Bulgaria
Concept Los Angeles, ACE Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Kunstfrühling, Filmbüro Bremen: Abstrakter Film, Bremen, Germany
FILE, Centro Cultural Fiesp – Ruth Cardoso, Rio, Brazil
2010 Alpha-ville - Visionary Cities, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
Videominuto, Pecci Contemporary Art Center, Prato, Italy
Decode Lab, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
Deep:Art, Muggia, Italy / Groznjan, Kroatia
Dreaming with Open Eyes, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany
2009 Bild–Kunst Förderpreis, Kunst-Werke, Berlin, Germany
Bild–Kunst Förderpreis, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Bild–Kunst Förderpreis, Museum Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Lichtspiel: Contemporary Abstract Animation, Calarts Theater, Los Angeles, USA
100 Years of German Animation, ITFS, Stuttgart, Germany
Frameout, MuseumsQuartier, Wien, Austria
Festival Re-*, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany
floating world, Show Cave Gallery, Portland, USA
Visual Music Marathon, Visual Arts Theatre, New York, USA
Young Bauhaus – 90th Anniversary of Bauhaus, Bauhaus Film Institut, Weimar, Germany
Dreaming with Open Eyes, Image Forum, Tokyo, Japan
International Symposium on Electronic Art, Belfast, UK
2008 Wundergrund, Kopenhagen, Denmark
Strange Screen 7, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece
onedotzero, London, UK
The Garden and Its Delights IV - Art Institution Intermediae, Madrid, Spain
International Film Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands
The Stuff of Life, Portman Gallery, London, UK
2007 Multimedia Literacy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
Driven by Cars, Fieldgate Gallery, London, UK
Intermodem, Museum of Modern Art, Debrecen, Hungary
Media Art Festival Friesland, Harlingen, Netherlands
Microwave International New Media Arts Festival, Taipei, Taiwan
New York Digital Salon: Abstract Visual Music, New York, USA
Moving Closer, Warsaw, Poland
2006 Lumen Eclipse, Cambridge, USA
Electrotecture – Architecture in Motion, Millennium Galleries, Sheffield, UK
FilmVideo, Milano, Italy
2005 European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany
Third International Film & Video Festival, Museum of New Art, Detroit, USA
Fluxus, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
ARTFILM International Film Festival, Trenčianske Teplice, Slovakia
VIDEOEX Experimentalfilm & Video Festival, Zürich, Switzerland
Art + Math = X, University of Nothern Colorado, Boulder, USA
Art Cologne, DAM Gallery, Cologne, Germany
World Performing & Visual Arts Festival, Lahore, Pakistan
Madrid Experimental Cinema Week, Madrid, Spain
2004 DOTMOV, Sapporo, Japan
Showcase 31, Austin Museum of Digital Art, Austin, USA
YorkArts Media Lounge, York, USA
2003 Ars Electronica Theatre, O.K Center for Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria
2002 Internationale Kurzfilmtage, Oberhausen, Germany
Visionaria, Siena, Italy
Videoformes, Clermont-Ferrand, France
2001 Japan Media Arts Festival, Okayama, Japan
Prix Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria 

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