Experimental or Video art is unique in its interdisciplinary nature; the use of recording and editing devices and computer code to create a composition of moving pictures and sound. It is a new cultural language – the convergence between “old-school” analog recording techniques and new digital media, in my practice used to investigate subjects inspired by modern life, such as in my recent work, Information Overload.
With their unique treatment and approach of the subject matter, I invite the viewer into an absorbing world that is both intimate and delirious, by using a variety of filmic techniques. I am always interested in the technical quality of craftsmanship of things I produce: aesthetic skill and physical beauty of a work’s details. Through my work I am interested in metaphor and interpretation of experiences.
I see art as being an expression of personal experiences – seemingly major or minor. It is my interpretation of a single or a combined group of experiences that informs my creative process. I aspire to be flexible. I do not consider my interpretation or memory to be any more accurate or true than anyone else’s, which is why I say “interpretation”. While the process is enjoyable, making video art is relevant to me because of the freedom of expression it allows me, while also creating a piece that others will emotionally identify with.
Also I am pondering how our culture of digital and social sharing has narrowed the gap between “creators” and “patrons.” With widely available creation tools like Apple’s iMovie, Photoshop, and “democratic” means for distribution online via YouTube, Flickr, and Facebook, we’re now simultaneously makers and consumers of an never-before seen amount of content.
I would like to share that my films and videos are archived with Europeana, the European Union’s virtual library for the preservations of cultural heritage and as well with GAMA (Gateway to Archives of Media Art) network and TransMediale (Berlin) is archiving my films and videos for their permanent collection.
Zoran Dragelj is an award-winning auteur filmmaker, who possesses a unique postmodern voice and poetic style that recognizes the complexity of perspective, while respectfully maintaining the fundamental validity of emotional lives. His innovation of form and content, media and context, mark an exciting career in the motion pictures.
Zoran’s visual style is dreamy and idealistic enveloping his depiction of ordinary life into imaginative panoramas. With mélange of talent, graphic designer, artist, music video director, and film director, Zoran remains indefinable.
In the Fall 2005, Zoran presented his first major retrospective of his films and videos in Florence, Italy. In addition, some of his short films and videos have been exhibiting in New York, Toronto, Berlin, London, Madrid, Venice, Montréal and Vancouver galleries and art centres. Zoran remains dedicated to the aspiration of leaving his mark in the world of motion pictures and media arts.