Bodyfraction

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2020

video 7,40’
video: Uršula Berlot & Sunčana Kuljiš
sound: Scanner - Robin Rimbaud

The video Bodyfraction parallels microscopic images of fragments of the artist’s body (tooth enamel, skin, nails, hair etc.) with recordings of drawings and light-sensitive objects created on their basis. Drawings were digitally processed towards simulating the chemical process called ‘reaction diffusion’ which models (mathematically or visually) the behaviour of two chemicals in a solution as they mix. Such animated drawings form a fractal-like patterns and together with modified recordings of reflective light-works surfaces they create an entry into imaginary hidden topography (macro, micro or nano dimensions) in motion.

Corporeal abstractions (Microportrait)

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2019-2020

vacuum formed plexi-glass
Series (6): Tooth, Eyelash, Skin, Hair, Tooth v.2, Nail
Dim. 80 x 90 cm (each)

This series of relief light-sensitive works was conceived on the basis of computer-modified microscopic images of particles of the artist’s body by inverse digital transformation (IFFT), with the help of computer programmes used in microscopy. This is why the fragments of micro structures, despite the seeming naturalism indicated by the titles of particular works, are not the magnification of ‘the natural’, but algorithmically coded images, an artificial product of the ‘mechanical’, digital. Transparent or reflecting surfaces are dynamized by light effects and the fluctuating, subjective perception of the observer in time and space.

RGB Molecular

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2020

acryl and marker on paper
series (12)
dim: 66 x 90 cm (each)

Drawings in colour that trace microscopic motifs of bodily particles shift conceptually away from the real motif towards the abstract one on two levels: colour is forced artificially upon the achromatic micro recording (the RGB colour model), while the procedure of colour layering brings in the illusion of motion and depth, i.e. optic qualities absent in the original microscopic referent.

Bodygaze

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2020

acryl, pastel on paper
variable dimensions.

Graphical images on paper combine structures that look like microscopic imagery and the morphology of bodily particles. The bodily tissue is mediated in a variety of observation ratios: from stylised visible body parts (abstracted forms of hair, eyelashes and skin structures) to microscopic images of elementary bodily particles. This type of technological layering explores the relationship between the visible (physical) and the representational (abstract, conceptual).

Suspensions

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2019

video 7'
Sound: Scanner - Robin Rimbaud

The video creates an entry into fictional reality, where objects are transformed into fleeting luminary apparitions – softened, multiplied, liquified forms levitating through warped or non-gravitational space.

Suspension (Circle-Square)

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2019

video 6,’42
Sound: Scanner - Robin Rimbaud

Material objects (sculptures) are projected into virtual, fluid spatiality, appearing as dematerialised floating, kinetic light forms, freed of the constraints of time, mass and gravity.

Suspension (drawings)

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2019 -

graphite on paper
variable dimensions

Fullerenes

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2019

graphite on paper
dim: 190 x 110 cm

Handkerchief

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2019

3D print, plywood
dim: 70 x 100 cm

Handkerchief (series of drawings)

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2019

graphite, pastel and acryl on paper
dim: 70 x 100 cm each/ 6 drawings

Orcinus Orca

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2019

video 6,'08
Album: Algida Bellezza, Netherworld (Glacial Movements)
Video: Uršula Berlot & Sunčana Kuljiš
Music: Netherworld (Alessandro Tedeschi)

The music captured artist’s imaginations of coldness and isolation as well as visions of shiny spectacles produced by sharpened light projected into immersive underwater depthness. Killer Whale (Orcinus Orca), one of Arctic animals threatened by extinction caused by environmental changes, is a metaphorical expression of icy beauty and power grounded in an anxious awareness of primal existential solitude and transience.

Nets

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2019

Acryl on paper
Series, dim.: 70 x 100 cm each

Nets is a series of works created on the basis of scientific visualisations - microscopic images, diagrams - of various network microstructures (neural networks, fullerene networks, etc.).

Polymorphics

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2018

Vacuum formed polyester
Series of 4 works; diim (each): 80 x 80 cm

Four wall reliefs are based on the same microscopic image of carbon substance, which is being transformed by the use of special computer programs used in microscopy. The proceeding of image projection in the realm of inverse (multidimensional space) and filtered back into two or three dimensional form by filters’ data extraction produces four variations of the same. Such alteration of the same motif expresses the idea that the polymorphic nature (variabilty) of the visibile is produced only by subjective perception filters that are altering rather invisible same complex reality.

Bodyscope

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2012

video projection (2,50'), print on aluminum
dim: 150 x 200 cm
sound: Scanner - Robin Rimbaud

The repeated kaleidoscopic video was created on the basis of X-ray image of a spine and projected back over the original radiological image printed on an aluminum support. Such projection creates layering, a kind of of spatial superposition into repetitive hypnotic pattern.

Fibertract Kaleidoscope

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2012

video projection, print on plexiglass
dim: 100 x 138 cm (x 2)

The kaleidoscopic video is based on radiological recordings of the author's brain. The recording of neural connections (nerve tracts) shown by tractography (diffusion MRI) is computer-mirrored and projected onto two parallel plexiglass plates, on which an abstracted form of tractogram image is printed. Spatial installation based on video projection produces a volumetric but intangible light body in motion.

Anatomical Transfigurations

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2012

X-ray films, four-part series
dim: no. 1: 155 x 116 cm, no. 2: 155 x 124 cm, no. 3: 145 x 124 cm, no. 4: 145 x 116 cm

Anatomical Transfigurations explores the effects of medical visualizations and mediation of the internal body upon the altered perception and valuation of the body today. In a broader perspective it questions the dichotomy between physical and mental, eternal and transitory, thus exploring and expanding the traditional theme of vanitas. The transfiguration of anatomical fragments as recorded by conventional x-ray techniques into new visual representations effects a re-contextualization of scientific medical imagery into the field of art.

Vanitas – Self-portrait

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2012

video loop 1,54'
sound: Scanner - Robin Rimbaud
special effects: Sunčana Kuljiš

Video Vanitas – Self-portrait presents a hypnotic image of the continuous dissolution of the author's face, skull and brain. The repetitive liquefying interplay between the exterior and the technologically-visualized exterior posits the question of visible and invisible, physical and mental. However, the image of the skull is not only a metaphor for the transience of life and the inevitability of death; in relation to the sound of rhythmic respiration it evokes death as a faithful companion of life and its faithful shadow, and in turn illuminates the meaning and value of life, heightening the consciousness of human existence.

Self-portrait – Camera Oralis

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2012

digital print on plexiglass
Variable dimensions
Collaboration: Uroš Abram

This series of photographs was produced using a particular form of camera obscura created by the artist's mouth. Technically the images are based on the use of a small piece of photosensitive paper installed in the mouth with the aperture located between the lips: the projection of light 'draws' an outline of the body observed and the exterior body is displaced in its own interior. However, the shape of the body, resulting in such an analogous process as an imprint of light, is not the only element determining the image; it occurs via a mixture of other types of imprints produced by the body itself - fingers, saliva, tongue, teeth, etc. The resulting 'visceral' self-portrait is permeated by corporeality and does not singularly 'represent' the bodily.

Fractal

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2012

mirror - glass (dim: 120 x 80 cm), light projection and reflection

The light work Fractal is part of a series of works dealing with the idea of the 'transparent body'. Formally the work is based on a radiological image of the brain, the use of light sensitive materials and the integration of non-material phenomena such as light projections and reflections. The diffracted image shows the branching of blood vessels and also, because of the vertical installment, resembles the structure of the pulmonary bronchi. The fractal structure of the corporal organ maps the invisible geometry of the body, while the light dematerializing the image suggests the impermanent and fragile essence of the physical, whether organic or artificial.

Kaleidoscopic Gaze & Spiral Floating

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Kaleidoscopic Gaze, 2010

video projection onto an image on a mirror (video loop 6'); two mirrors (90 x 180 cm; 90 x 110 cm), foil covering, projection and reflected light variable dimensions sound: Scanner - Robin Rimbaud

Spiral Floating, 2010

video projection onto a semitransparent screen (video loop 6'); two Plexiglass screens (110 x 130 cm), foil covering, projection and reflected light variable dimensions sound: Scanner - Robin Rimbaud

The installations Kaleidoscopic Gaze and Spiral Floating are based on digitally- processed radiological images of my brain activity while contemplating Duchamp's Anemic Cinema, which was conceived as an optic dispositive inducing a four-dimensional spatial-temporal perceptive experience in the viewer (by alternating the concave and convex effects of spiral swirling). The kaleidoscopic pattern of the video aims to similarly expand the viewer's perception and consciousness; the repetitive, hypnotic pattern of light projected onto the image reflected by a mirror produces a layering of fractally-fragmented reflections, that is, a virtual multi-dimensional space in motion.

Butterfly

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2010

video projection onto an image on a mirror (video loop, 3')
mirror (110 x 110 cm), foil covering, projection and reflected light
Variable dimensions
Sound composition: Scanner - Robin Rimbaud

The video installation Butterfly uses radiological images of the author's brain responding to different colors. The image of a butterfly changing colors is formed by a light reflection of a video that is being projected onto a horizontal image on a mirror. It alludes to the concept of the "butterfly effect", which in chaos theory posits that slight, even infinitesimally small variations in the initial conditions of a dynamic system may produce extreme and unpredictable results in other space and time coordinates: that a butterfly flapping its wings could set off a hurricane on the other side of the planet. The shape on the mirror is a graphically processed image of my brain; the butterfly reflection is a metaphor for the power of our "invisible" thoughts, our emotions, our so-called mental worlds, conscious or unconscious, that keep changing the physical reality surrounding us. Butterfly deals with the interconnectedness of the visible and the invisible and questions the causal relations between the perceptible and the intelligible.

Pulsation

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2007

video 4,23'
sound: Damir Šimunović

The video work Pulsation presents pulsating light phenomena, the bodily and the technologically generated hybrid as a luminous apparition composed by layering reflected light, video projections of radiological scans of the artist’s brain and related manipulated recorded video images.

Virtual Glazing

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2006

digital video projection
variable dimensions

This kaleidoscopic rhythmic structure of a recurring pattern is not a computer-generated picture, but a video recording taken on a digital camera and a kaleidoscopic instrument. The infinite recurrence of one and the same element in micro- and macro-measures within the fragmental but also well-ordered kaleidoscopic structure gives the impression of a hypnotic and meditative state. The projection of simulated vitriol into an architectural window niche reminds one of the ways light is used in sacral architecture, and at the same time challenges our perception of differentiation between the real and the illusory.

Crystalline Diagram

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2006

reflective foil, plexiglass
dim: 2,5 x 0,5 m;
A fractal-like crystalline shape made of reflective foil on plexiglass creates a diffraction of light and forms an abstract color image of the light spectrum – a rainbow on the wall perpendicular to it. The composition is a computer-aided image showing an isolated brain vessel, which as part of the human blood system presents a natural fractal form.

Introspection

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2006

video loop, magnetic resonance imaging
sound: Damir Šimunović

The image of the brain created using medical imaging technology presents primary insight into the interior of the human skull. The movement of fluid forms is both concrete and abstract. The circular framing and the dynamics of the organic pattern create a hypnotic picture, which can be experienced as a visual equivalent to the flow of as yet articulated, abstract states of thought, unconnected meanings, fragments of memory, feelings and more.