Digital Arts Studios Belfast, Northern Ireland

Silvia Mandic

Artist Intro

My short improvisational non-linear digital films draw on an astute awareness of immediate environment, as well as the event of relocation and rise of feelings that are relevant to isolation or remoteness. The recorded material represents chimerical dramas unfolding within urban landscape.

Coming from the painting background, I work with fragmented narratives by manipulating raw footage with painter’s urgency in attempt to create a new narrative space, exploring the ways in which contemporary art relies on narrative.

In many ways, developments in digital technologies offer new possibilities to achieve the goals of the 20th century abstract or figurative painters, and through the creative use of current industry standard software, I apply painting principles to video editing practice, embracing chance which takes on an operative value and can examine both artist’s and viewer's complicity in creation of meaning, the notion of lived experience and what the artist has the right to address, and the viewer to ‘see’.

This focus is articulated in my exploration of human emotion and behavioural expressions in digital medium – emotions as objects.

While video editing is a labor-intense process, the playing duration of each piece varies from 15 - 60 seconds, producing a sense of condensed time. When such density of time is the mechanism for delivering movement, narrative can be formed at different degrees of dimensions: narrative of symbolism, narrative of sound and narrative of editing. The complication of these different degrees of narrative is exciting to me and I produce videos to get them embedded in a single timeline.

design & development