(The actual artwork is shown at 01:12 in the video, if you’d like to skip to it.)
vellum | d / sk 2009
slices of a virtual sculpture, dimension 100 x 125 x 80 meters
video artist, sound design: robert seidel
comission: art center nabi, seoul
In a time of complete virtualisation of knowledge, science and monetary flows the virtual sculpture “vellum” transfers the memory of one specific urban rhythm to another locality. The multiple LED screens of the COMO at SKT Tower (Seoul, South Korea) provide several thinly sliced views into this gigantic translucent formation, revealing time and space within the otherwise invisible as well as impossible structure.
The perceived interpenetration of skeletal architecture and unrolled landscapes reveal textures of the man-made restructuring of nature. Their different granular perspectives create a fibrous volume of possibilities fusing past, present and future. In their flatness the visible sculptural slices are reminiscent to our accelerated life, shifting into technology and transcending the physical body. The perceived transformation is based on the sculpture wandering through the building seen from a fixed point of view. In vellum motion is form and form is motion…
The seismic refraction of the cities Jena (Germany), the hometown of the artist and Seoul, the first appearance of “vellum” will create a multi-dimensional alloy that will migrate after the exhibition at Art Center Nabi to other places. All future exhibitions will continuously accumulate into a memorization foam of different cities, a quasi-crystalline representation of our flattened world which is accompanied by a mosaic of field recordings of the artist capturing the genius loci.
Premiered at Robert Seidel’s Solo Exhibition 02/20/2009 – 03/31/2009
COMO / Nabi Art Center (Seoul, South Korea)
Organized by Art Center Nabi and SK Telecom
Supported by Goethe-Institute Seoul
Sponsored by W Seoul-Walkerhill