Melanie Glück, Uninhabited Tranquility, 2020, 1:08 min, Loop, Germany. Courtesy of the artist.

Melanie Glück

*1993, lives and works in Berlin

Uninhabited Tranquility, Germany 2020, 1:08 min, loop.


The work “Uninhabited Tranquility” explores the relationship between contemporary fashion and advertising photography and computer-generated imagery (CG). Both stimulate and homogenize each other in their idealized aesthetics and converge towards a kind of hyperrealism. CG worlds are oriented towards a perfectly illuminated photorealism, while digital photography itself can no longer do without elaborate post-processing that smooths every detail to a dust-free finish. Both worlds merge in a vortex of glossy surfaces that are flawless, ultra-detailed, and illusionistic, completely shifting our societal notions of authenticity into the digitally augmented.

curated by Robert Seidel within the programme Phantom Horizons

The on-going screening series Phantom Horizons presents digital as well as analogue works that question the paradigm of linear perspective, seeking a new kind of “status perspective” [Bedeutungsperspektive]. The latter was a development of ancient and medieval painting, in which the size of figures is determined by their hierarchical significance. Extending this approach using the methodology of deconstruction and the possibilities of contemporary film creation, the presented works open up multifaceted, unseen horizons.

Robert Seidel *1977, lives and works in Berlin.  | www.robertseidel.com

16.09. – 30.09.2021
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