Germany / USA 2018
The video installation “tarnish” is a dialog between the artwork and its physical as well as artificial representation. It uses experimental film sequences which are distorted and reflected in the physical realm through a folded mirror surface, opening them into a novel spectral materiality. Other video sequences have been passed through an artificial neural network and will be projected opposite to the mirror sculpture, so the physical reflections and their computed derivative meet in real space, revealing the inherent self-similarities as well as fractal-like ruptures.
Seidel’s work deals with the relationship between visual systems in the language of video, painting, sculpture and those of science ranging from physics over mathematics to biology. In his experimental practice he explores the deep-seated connections between abstraction and the physical foundation of the universe. “tarnish” follows the concept of “moving paintings” that Seidel has developed for more than a decade, beginning with his award-winning film “grau”.
“tarnish” will premiere at Understudy on September 19, 2018 in association with Denver Digerati, Denver Theatre District and SUPERNOVA Digital Animation Festival.Open installation hours Sept 20 – Sept 28th daily from Noon – 7:00pm. Understudy is free-to-visit.
Robert Seidel (*1977) 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 Palais des Beaux-Arts Lille, ZKM Karlsruhe, Art Center Nabi Seoul, Young Projects Los Angeles, Museum of Image and Sound São Paulo and MOCA Taipei. His works have been honored with various prizes, including the KunstFilmBiennale Honorary Award and the Visual Music Award Frankfurt.
Understudy is located at the Colorado Convention Center / Theatre District light rail stop near 14th and Stout. Look for the B-Cycle station next to the light rail tracks or Shantell Martin’s art bench.