Robert Seidel (1977) began his studies in biology at Friedrich Schiller University Jena before transferring to the Bauhaus University Weimar to complete his degree in media design. His projections, installations and experimental films have been shown in museums like LACMA Los Angeles, Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, ZKM Karlsruhe, Nabi Art Center Seoul, Museum of Image and Sound São Paulo and MOCA Taipeh as well as numerous of festivals (Prix Ars Electronica, onedotzero, DOTMOV, IFF Rotterdam, EMAF), galleries, magazines, books and TV programmes worldwide. His works have been honoured with various prizes, including the KunstFilmBiennale Honorary Award Cologne, the Visual Music Award Frankfurt and Prize for Best Experimental Film at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. Seidel lives in Berlin and Jena.

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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.

Examples include the artistic 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, 2011).

Besides his personal art Seidel works as a director, curator and journalist with diverse clients like Chanel, Sony, Goethe Institute, Ogilvy & Matter, Channel Five, Atlantic Records, IdN, Universal Everything, Sleek, ARTE/ZDF and Addison-Wesley. For his Zero 7 music video he was chosen as one of „30 directors to watch“ by Canada's leading commercial production magazine 'boards. To get an insight in the artistic process, read an interview with Robert Seidel & David OReilly.

To promote the diversity of the experimental moving image Seidel curated the video art and experimental film screening Dreaming with Open Eyes (PDF) exhibited at Image Forum Festival (Tokyo), Nabi Art Center (Seoul), Wuerttembergischer Kunstverein (Stuttgart), Museum of Contemporary Art (Taipei) and Museum of Image and Sound (Sao Paulo) in 2009/2010. He also conducted an Interview with Julian Rosefeldt (PDF) for his Exhibition World-Making (Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan 2012). In 2014 Seidel presented a two-part screening at the Film Museum (Vienna) called Penetrating Surfaces (PDF) reflecting upon the materially-inherent aesthetic potential of the digital. In 2016 he presented Fractured Gestures (PDF) for the HeK (Basel) and from 2015 to 2017 he curates Phantom Horizons at Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin).

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