advection | robert seidel | projection on a water fountain | lichtsicht biennale 2013 from Robert Seidel on Vimeo.

This goes far, far off the screen.

Light dances across water droplets, disappearing into mists, images rippling on reflections on the pond’s surface. Projecting onto a fountain means some seriously-powerful projectors, but armed with that, the effect is spectacular – another reminder of the possibilities beyond conventional projection surfaces.

And the results in Robert Seidel’s work, a commission for the Lichtsicht Biennale, Bad Rothenfelde, Germany, are simply spectacular, a show in wet, colored sprays.


Full details:

ADVECTION _ Robert Seidel
2-Channel Video Projection on a Water Fountain
Dimension Fountain 10 x 7 m / Background 35 x 50 m
Commissioned by
4th Lichtsicht Biennale _ Bad Rothenfelde / Germany _
27th September 2013 – 5th January 2014
Artist Statement
The work advection consists of several visual études projected on the continuously changing volume of a water fountain. Interconnected with both the circadian rhythm of their natural surroundings as well as the meteorological nuances of seasonal change from autumn to winter – the fixed études alter their density, texture and luminescence over the exhibition time.
This highly organic pictorial frame spawns a contemporary form of moving abstract paintings or associative drawings. The volumetric fountain, the pond reflections and iridescent flares shape a plasmatic spatial system, which is extended by a secondary video projection. This additional layer illuminates the surrounding area, integrating vegetation and the passing visitors into an abstracted mirage-stage.
Here, twining lines change their density within the evolving volume as fragile light patterns float in the bank of fog. The skeletal music composition is augmented by the sound of rippling water and the rushing fountain. Ultimately flickering projection segments and the emerging natural airstreams break the fluctuating formations, making every loop a unique permutation.
Artwork Robert Seidel _
Music David Kamp _
Curator Prof. Dr. Manfred Schneckenburger
Project Manager Paul Anczykowski
Producer Marion Carey-Yard
Consultant Hermann Noering
Technical Setup Christian Meyer & Team
The artist would like to thank everyone for making this project possible, especially the People of Bad Rothenfelde, the Heinrich W. Risken Foundation, Nadine Szabó, Daniel Rossa, Thorsten Bauer, Elke Fox, Juliane Keilitz, Florian Licht, Jeffers Egan and Henrik Hofmeister.