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Postgraduate Harmonies (2012) - performance (spoken word, digital video loop, approx. 20 minutes)

Presented at:
KHM Rundgang, Köln Germany, 2012
the opening of C60 Collaboratorium with the exhibition 'Leer_Stelle' August 2013 Bochum
'Double Feature_Artist Talk mit: Sina Seifee & Spezialgast' GOLD + BETON Köln, Germany, 2013

As a cold virtual abstract structure is endlessly being generated on the screen behind, I read out an algorithmic generated text in the microphone. The text supposedly addresses me as an artist, child, teenager, abstract entity, etc. and lists what have ever influenced me with a stack of completely randomized references in the history of art. The monotone delivery, mechanical automated structure, and over-usage of the name of artists and writers overlay the process of the video.

In Postgraduate Harmonies, my vocal expression yields to an anonymous functionality and technical objectivity, the role of chance and randomness as the determining factor in artistic creation is emphasized, machine computing power is used to generate virtual image objects that replace the shaping of a material by artist’s hand, the effortlessness of the human endeavor shifts the gravity of the creative process from making to conception, and a 'real' artist statement is actually concealed.

lecture video performance 'Postgraduate Harmonies' in 'Double Feature_Artist Talk mit: Sina Seifee & Spezialgast' GOLD + BETON Köln, Germany, 2013. (Photo by Vera Drebusch)
[...] My work explores the relationship between postmodern multimedia experience and vegetarian ethics. With influences as diverse as Buckminster Fuller and Roy Lichtenstein, new synergies are generated from both constructed and discovered structures.
Ever since I started doing witchcraft I have been fascinated by the essential unreality of my so called forefathers. What starts out as undefined soon becomes corroded into a dialectic of distress, leaving only a sense of obsolete virtuality and the dawn of a frightening new beginning.
As wavering derivatives become distorted through diligent and academic practice, the viewer is left with an insight into the horizon of our hereafter social construct.
My work explores the relationship between consumerist fetishism and skateboard ethics. With influences as diverse as Machiavelli and L Ron Hubbard, new synergies are manufactured from both mundane and transcendental textures [...]
Still images from the video

© 2014 Sina Seifee