Robert Seidel’s “organo-tech” mesmerizing _grey


_grau | 10:01 min | d 2004 from Robert Seidel on Vimeo.

_grau is a personal reflection on memories coming up during a car accident, where past events emerge, fuse, erode and finally vanish ethereally … various real sources where distorted, filtered and fitted into a sculptural structure to create not a plain abstract, but a very private snapshot of a whole life within its last seconds …

Robert Seidel began studying biology at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and finished his media design diploma at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany. His films have been shown in over 250 festivals (Prix Ars Electronica, onedotzero, DOTMOV, IFF Rotterdam, EMAF), museums, galleries, magazines, books and TV programmes worldwide. In his films Seidel is interested in pushing the boundaries of organic beauty and their emotional perception with visual and scientific technology. By layering different structural, spatial and temporal concepts organically he creates a slowly evolving complexity. This multifaceted perspective, a kind of narrational skeleton is filled by the viewers own memory and creates a seamless blend with the artwork itself.

Media critic Matt Hanson, author of The End of Celluloid and founder of onedotzero festival says: “_grau appeals to me because it is organo-tech. it does not deliberately ape the abstract pioneers of abstract cinema, and it is worlds away from the motion graphic masturbation of many of those enamoured by digital animation. seidel’s work is impressionistic, melding biological and emotional currents. out of amorphous shapes we make out bones, heads, a hand. a spirit leaving the body. at least, this is what i sense out of the chaos of galactic reconfigurations, neurological connections, and biological forms. this is a powerful piece of digital animation precisely because it does not feel like such, it feels emotional, epic. and once you release the background to the animation–communicating a ‘coming to terms’ with the aftermath of a car accident–you realise why.”

Futures – Zero 7 feat. José González | 3:58 min | d 2006 (HD 2011) from Robert Seidel on Vimeo.

In “Futures” you will see crushed things, completely abstracted … finding together and building up to something we all have seen before … Like our true wishes and desires they shape over time and get clearer … followed by the next longing … Innuendos, artifacts and the rough synchronization add subtle emotions to the uncertain process that build the morbid tableaux of all possible futures …

phyletic museum | processes: living paintings | d 2008 from Robert Seidel on Vimeo.

“processes: living paintings” is a 35 by 16 meter full façade projection with a corresponding light choreography, ambient music and synced sound effects shown on the 2/2/2008 in Jena, Germany.

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