Robert Seidel's FOLDS Breathes New Life Into Ancient Sculptures
In the Lindenau Museum in Attenberg, Germany, there’s a collection of 19th century plaster casts. The casts, many of which are Greek in origin, have been used to reproduce sculptures several times throughout the centuries. Over time, many of the sculptures fell into disrepair, fragmenting or losing their original color and definition. In the work FOLDS, video/computer artist Robert Seidel took these sculptures as his starting point to create a two-video installation that projects upon casts of mythological characters like Kladeos, Kephissos, Belvedere Torso, Seer and the Three Goddesses. In what he calls a “rapprochement” to the collection, his visuals speculate scenarios for the ongoing lives of the sterile plaster casts. In animating the history of sculptures made from the casts, they become an algorithm that is looped over time to generate a range of possible art works.