_grau | robert seidel | d 2004 | 10:01 min | experimental film / tableaux vivants


_grau is a personal reflection on memories coming up during a car accident, where past events emerge, fuse, erode and finally vanish ethereally. various real sources where distorted, filtered and fitted into a sculptural structure to create not a plain abstract, but a very private snapshot of a whole life within its last seconds...

The living paintings (Tableaux Vivants) of growing structures branch out over 10:01 minutes (a reference to the binary system by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, where he ascribes 1 to god and 0 to the devil) without ever reaching pure black or white respectively. Every element originates from real experiences and is adapted from my sketches, my own body fragments or scientific visualization methods. For example the first, still colored seconds are the prismatic halos of the collision fading into gray ("grau" in german)... The musical framework connects the memories born out of the dramatic moment to clusters. These are unleashed from the image flux partially - to ease the desired, free associations of the beholder...

the KunstFilmBiennale judges assigned the movie _grau by robert seidel an honorary award at KunstFilmBiennale 2004, because of the technological mastership which is used to show never seen phenomena in the borderland of science and aesthetics.

director, producer, animator: robert seidel.
music: heiko tippelt, philipp hirsch

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