LandEscape Art Review // Special Issue - Page 66

Land scape Rossana Jeran CONTEMPORARY ART REVIEW By definition video is rhythm and movement, gesture and continuity. In your film you create a time-based work that allow the viewer to abandon himself to his associations. How do you conceive the rhythm of your works? I use rhythm and timing to convey tension, emotion, passion, sadness, the passing of time, etc… Rhythm plays a huge role in the story telling and editing process, whether it’s narrative, visually driven or a VJ loop. Take for instance, my short, politically charged piece, 6 Degrees Gemini an experimental short film about the insatiable drive for wealth and domination of oil; depicting the avidity of power at any cost, even that of human sacrifice. It uses rhythm to build tension, sexually and thematically, until its’ inevitable outcome and release. You also work with Meditation, personal training and life coaching: how does it inform your art practice? I am a true, well-balanced dichotomy! I have always walked my own meditative, spiritual path and am certified as Mindfulness Meditation Teacher. I balance my life between my creative work as a director, producer, media artist and VJ with my passion for helping people through meditation, fitness and lifestyle coaching, as well. I am also a published writer and blogger, having written articles about meditation and well being for Elephant Journal and Rebelle Society. My coaching practice is called, Fit Conscious Happy… I’ve found that fitness combined with meditation manages our stress level, boosts our immune systems and keeps us happy with all the brain’s ‘feel good’ chemicals, endorphins that are released during exercise and/or meditation. Happiness doesn’t just happen! We create it every day with our attitude, thoughts and emotions. I also find exercise and meditation to be a huge source of inspiration! Many of my best ideas come during my work outs or meditation when the rush of endorphins and dopamine in my system serves as a muse. Also meditation is a form of listening and when we are silent we hear the voice inside, the voice of the soul. This is where ideas and images come from, tapping into the moment.. the NOW. Over these years your work has been screened across the United States and abroad: it has been featured in several location, including The Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee, the 11th Annual Experimental Film Festival in Sydney and the prestigious Chicago Art Institute. One of the hallmarks of your art is the capability to create direct involvement with the viewers, who are urged to evolve from a condition of mere spectatorship. So before leaving this conversation we would like to pose a question about the nature of the relationship of your art with your audience. Do you consider the issue of audience reception as being a crucial component of your decision-making process, in terms of what type of language is used in a particular context? Of course keeping the audience in mind, when making a film, is something that needs to be considered