What happens to art once it starts to address sound, image and other forms of media? What affect does this have on the audience? How does one feel when one experiences physical, temporal, visceral effects and so forth?
These questions might be at odds with the philosophical study of ‘Object-oriented ontology’, which “puts things at the center of being” and not the human experience as such. Darja is interested in the relationship between the two: ‘object’ and ‘subject’. Her present practice mainly features custom software and/or prepared electronic equipment that together create a drawing machine of some kind. The spectators are exposed to real time audio-visual processes, but also invited to emancipate themselves from ‘passive’ spectatorship, suggesting a more engaging form of contemporary art, as their ‘active’ role in influencing the artistic outcome is acknowledged. It is not implied that they are ‘active’ to the extent they become ‘actors’, but to the extent they become part of a more ‘democratic’ meeting between the artist and viewer, taking on a higher level of participation. The correlation between technology and the artist is continually self-evolving and shares a symbiotic relationship whereby the technology is an extension of the artist.
Ba(Hons) Art & Design graduate