Album Matter

by Sebastian Buerkner

This work was commissioned to explore and experiment with the aesthetics and limitations of the computer screen. Referencing net art, cinema and 20th Century electronic music album art, Beurkner's piece is a continuation of his investigations and examinations into the structure and syntax of filmic representation, unsettling the viewer’s physical perception for a trade off in emotional engagement.

I recently came across some science experiments into speed of visual perception, which investigated this phenomenon. When pairing spiky shapes with sharp high-pitched sounds and round curved shapes with deep warm reverberated sounds, test subjects could surprisingly identify shapes better and quicker when the pairings were reversed/mismatched. I am not interested in illustrating this scientific revelation but rather developing variations by focusing on this principle, amongst others, for narrative or emotional gain.

- Sebastian Buerkner


Sebastian Buerkner: Biography

Sebastian studied painting in Germany then moved to London to complete his fine art education with an MA at Chelsea College of Art & Design in 2002, where he was awarded a Fellowship Residency the following year. His work has been exhibited in several group and solo shows internationally. Since 2004 his art practice has shifted exclusively to animation. He has had solo exhibitions in London at the Lounge Gallery in 2006 and the Whitechapel Project Space in 2007 and The Showroom in 2008.

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