Milica Raičević

Chrysallis is conceived as a performative video installation with the intention to metaphorically illustrate human existence in marginalized areas. A woman tries to release herself from the limitations of the circumstances.

Chrysallis is the cocoon in which the worm prepares for the final phase of transformation into a butterfly. This video in a symbolic way tries to bring hope in the possibility of transformation regardless of the life limitations. Transparency as a symbol of hope is also present in all visual elements in this video. The layers which represent the transformation of chrysalis itself are pulsating in an imaginary temporal current. The expressive waving movement of the woman’s body also adds the tragic element of human existence. Each frame of this video work could become an independent visual artistic image.

A part of the musical piece, Dahovi, by contemporary composer, Ivo Malec, was used as sound background. Chrysallis started to develop as a narrative aimed to illustrate human existence but that narrative became secondary as the creative process progressed. Thus, the work on the video continued as a technological research of the possibility of usage of the visual computer programs in this creative process. In the course of this research the blending of moving images with animated multilayered photographs was implemented.

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Milica Raičević

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