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Antlitz des Paradieses (2017) - multimedia installation: video projection of 360 degrees spherical image sequence, framed pictures (digital collage miniature printed on photo paper small dimensions, interactive touch screen of the same images), catalog with texts, with Sana Ghobbeh

Presented in Eckernförde, Schleswig-Holsteinisches Künstlerhaus, and Galerie NEMO – Kunst in Nordeuropa, November 2017 Eckernförde

An artistic research on the cartographic discourse of the early Enlightenment with an actively vagrant mode of reading and nomadic examination of forms of a self-produced “geography” of writing that emerged in 17th century and its ideological materials in the works of Adam Olearius. This work is Inspired by Elio Brancaforte’s critical delivery of the travels of Adam Olearius in his book “Visions of Persia.”

With Adam Olearius, the German scholar and cartographer of the 17th century, we are at an imaginary space, a self-possessed individual, and a rhetorical device, ekphrasis: description, and excess of mastery. Built in 1664 under the cartographic enterprises of Duke Frederick III of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorf: Olearius’s famous Globe of Gottorf (a Ptolemaic-Aristotelian machinery of large spheres with astrological and mythological symbols on its inside and outside) creates an effect of totality, of having engineered a world through its own labors, linked to a graphic construction of the self. Fixed to an illusion of a geographic truth, self become autonomous, his “national” subjectivity attached to the geographies that it is both mapping and describing (the book of others, in his case: the Persian “natives” and “nature”).

360 degrees video part of multimedia installation 'Antlitz des Paradieses' (in KUNSTLERHAUS ECKERNFORDE, by Sina Seifee and Sana Ghobbeh): video projection of 360 degrees spherical image sequence. the video maps a series of readings of Olearius travel to Persia in 1664 under the cartographic enterprises of Duke Frederick III of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorf. view of the exhibition at Schleswig-Holsteinisches Künstlerhaus Small catalog made of research material, text, and images. snapshut of video 'Atlas inject carto' - Sina Seifee 2017

© 2018 Sina Seifee Ministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur des Landes Schleswig-Holstein, Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesbibliothek, Schleswig-Holsteinisches Künstlerhaus e.V., NordCult: NEMO – Kunst in Nordeuropa, digiCULT Verbund eG