Lichtsicht Biennale

Robert Seidel

Advection by Robert Seidel is a 2-channel video projection on a water fountain. The piece was commissioned by the 4th Lichtsicht Biennale, curated by Manfred Schneckenburger (Dokumenta Kassel).

“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.” – Robert Seidel.

Sound Approach

I created a skeletal music composition, designed for the constant backdrop of the rushing fountain. Dense orchestral moments contrast with subtle digital glitches and stretches of near-silence. Processed water sound recordings made at the venue augment the environmental sounds of the fountain. A synced sound design layer supports the movements in the animation.

Listen to a 2-minute excerpt of the piece below. This composition was played at the exhibition venue, where it blended with the sounds of the fountain.