Sebastian Buerkner’s The Chimera of M. Transforms Tyneside’s The Gallery

German artist and Jarman-prize nominee Sebastian Buerkner brings his mesmerising and award-winning 3D installation, The Chimera of M., to The Gallery at Tyneside Cinema. Through the use of 3D glasses, audiences are invited to experience a dreamlike virtual space of stereoscopic digital animation and engage with an enigmatic and stylised landscape. With the viewer on-board, Buerkner takes his participants on an emotive journey of longing, intimacy, identity and loss.

Winner of the Tiger Award for Short Film at the 2014 Rotterdam Film Festival, The Chimera of M. has also been nominated in the short film category of the 2014 European Film Awards. Presented as an immersive installation in Tyneside Cinema’s new artists’ moving image exhibition space, Buerkner’s sophisticated visual language vividly challenges our perceptions of time, space and reality through fantastical worlds and fragmented narratives. Returning to a town where he once lived, the installation’s mysterious unseen character attempts to reconnect with two abandoned relationships from his past: one with a man, one with a woman. His motives are revealed through a stream of fractured conversations, arguments and intimate encounters.

Having developed his creative practice from a painting background, Buerkner creatively experiments with the medium of animation, combining cutting-edge digital technology with layered, abstract imagery. As an animator, the artist has exhibited widely internationally with recent solo shows at Kunsthaus Nuremberg; Tramway, Glasgow; Sketch, London; The Showroom Gallery, London; Whitechapel Project Space; London and LUX at Lounge Gallery, London, as well as group shows and screenings at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool, Whitechapel Gallery, Kunsthalle Wien and more. Buerkner has recently been awarded a broadcast commission for Channel 4’s Random Acts, which will be screened later this year.

Tyneside Cinema is one of the UK’s leading independent specialised film and media venues. This exhibition has been commissioned by FLAMIN Productions through Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network with funding from Arts Council England, and is supported by Phoenix and the Elephant Trust. Don’t miss Tyneside Cinema’s programme of events in January and February, including Artist Talk: Sebastian Buerkner in conversation with Gary Thomas, Animate Projects, 5 February.

For more information, see

Sebastian Buerkner, The Chimera of M., 15 January – 25 February, The Gallery, Tyneside Cinema, 10-12 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 6QG.

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1. Sebastian Buerkner, The Chimera of M. (2013). Courtesy of Tyneside Cinema.