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    // Cinematic Documentation of the Projection Sculptures //
    Black Mirror
    Robert Seidel
    Projection on Paper Sculptures in front of a Mirror
    Sculpture #1: 1,6 x 1,2 x 0,8 m
    Sculpture #2: 2,1m x 0,8 x 0,9 m
    USA / Germany 2011

    // Title //
    The title "Black Mirror" refers to the dark mirror used in the 18th century for landscape painting, also called Claude glass.

    // Part of the Exhibition //
    Black Mirror – A New Installation and Moving Paintings
    1st US Solo Show of Robert Seidel Young Projects, Space B210, Los Angeles
    March 22nd to August 20th 2011

    // Press Comments //
    Robert Seidel’s first solo show in the U.S., at Young Projects, is an immersive experience, a sensuous dip into light, color, movement, sound and change […] Seidel’s stream of visual consciousness is well worth dipping into.
    Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, April 29th 2011

    Experiencing Seidel's art seems both external to the self and internalized. Mirages come and go as fleeting as thought, with just their collective impact lingering.
    Anne Martens, Flash Art, International Edition, No. 279, July–September 2011

    // Excerpt from the Essay / Behind the Curtain of Things //
    Woven by laser into scarcely discernible forms, gossamer papers inspired by bark beetle traces float in the exhibition space. Light-structures invade these delicate paper beings, shower them with dazzling colour, caress them with flowing powdery haze. A mirror reflects the viewer’s incidence angle of vision and seems to open up a unifying space that nonetheless remains only a surface.
    Ulrike Pennewitz, Art Historian

    // Credits //
    Sculpture and Projection: Robert Seidel
    Documentation Editor: Falk Müller
    Music: Richard Eigner
    Curator: Paul Young

    Supported by German Short Film Association, Joe Day / Deegan Day Design LLC, Camila Vial, Ulrike Pennewitz, Thoralf Müller, Marko Schmidt, Ricky Korf und Sebastian Schwartze

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  2. Thermochromic Clock is a 4-digit 7-segment timepiece. Each segment in the display is made with a length of nichrome wire and then covered by a thick layer of black thermochromic paint. Time is displayed by applying voltage to the nichrome wire. As the wire sustains an electric current, it heats up the surrounding thermochromic paint, causing it to become transparent.

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  3. VOID is a conceptional processing magazine for the iPad. It is aimed to bring coding closer to designers, with focus on enhanced user integration and personalization with a strong visual approach.

    The magazine app features sections where the reader is able to explore projects, learn about other processing artists, manipulate source code live inside the app and immediately see the changes highlighted in the code.

    Users can save their modified versions of a sketch, screenshots or short videos to a custom dropbox folder that is linked to the app. It is also possible to share this data via facebook, twitter and email.

    Idea, Concept and App-Layout: Natalie Hanke
    Camera and Postproduction: Daniel Oliveira Carneiro
    Music: Pivot — Make Me Love You

    For more information:

    Sources for text, images and code:

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  4. "Voyagers" is a permanent audio video installation by The Light Surgeons for the National Maritime Museum’s new Sammy Ofer Wing.

    The Voyagers Gallery acts as an introduction to the extraordinary depth and range of the Museum's collections and is dominated by a 20 metre wave-like structure that stretches the full length of the room. Designed by exhibition designers Real Studio, this 3D wave is made up of 26 triangular facets and features a Puffersphere spherical projector at one end.

    Using the triangular shape as a design template The Light Surgeons researched and meta tagged over 300 images and films from the Museum’s vast archives and translated them into a series of thematic visual journeys that unfold down the wave. As these designs cascade down the room, the globe projection displays thematic key words relating to each asset in the journey onto a digital navigational device inspired by the museums collection of armillary spheres.

    For this technically complex project The Light Surgeons collaborated with media artist James George from New York studio Flightphase to translate their concepts into code based design. The resulting bespoke software was built using open source coding platform openFrameworks and lead to many new ground breaking developments; allowing the design of the installation to be explored in a simulated environment before the gallery was built and then to seamlessly video map the complex geometry of the wave structure upon its arrival.

    This collaboration also lead to some exciting developments in the creative process such as the creation of a generative sea of typography and the interaction between this graphic ocean and the motion of the spherical Puffersphere .

    The resulting experience is a truly immersive one that takes its audience on a journey through the museums collections.


    ‘Voyagers’ Commissioned by National Maritime Museum

    Direction & Production: The Light Surgeons
    Bespoke Software Design & Generative Animation: Flightphase

    The Light Surgeons
    Creative Direction: Christopher Thomas Allen
    Producer: Alice Ceresole
    Design & Animation: Tim Cowie & Dave Baum
    Sound design: Jude Greenaway

    Technical Direction & Lead Software Development: James George
    Software Development: Timothy Gfrerer

    Audio track in video: "Dianne" by Tim Cowie

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  5. Urbanflow, a joint effort of and envisions an operating system for cities. The scenario explored in the video revolves around situated urban screens and their potential uses.

    For more detailed information about the project and its background see the links below, or contact us directly with any questions:

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