The benefit of making Art – Part 2

Creating art has given me a better understanding of the world. Recreating an idea through the creative lens of art requires in-depth study of that idea – the way it has been made, the way it looks, the philosophy behind it, in it.
Being able to create anything I want from my ideas and processes, l
earning new techniques, experimenting with the ideas and have created something beautiful even if my work of art does not make sense to others, this is already an advantage. Being an artist means being willing to engage with the world in a fresh way. It means to be able to observe things and express them in a personal unique way. This increases self-awareness, a sense of fulfillment and peace of mind in and after the act of creating. I create to communicate, to keep a discourse – ongoing – what matters to me, to us and to the world. And that’s really rewarding.

More than ever, I am pleased to have participated in the Colorado activist film festival. I didn´t win an award, but I didn´t lose either. It’s great to be able to attend such festivals.

However, insecure times like these need platforms and film festivals like Denver/Colorado. As long as festivals like this are allowed to continue, I still have hope in our society all over the world. On that note I want to thank again Sharlene & #CIAFF 2018 Team for organizing this festival. You already inspired me for a new project to be realized in 2019.

Colorado Activist Film Festival Detlef Schlich

Hagalaz explores the role that ceremony can play in the resolution of trauma. It offers an insight into how such ceremonies can transform previously shattered relationships and reestablish meaningful connections with others. The experience of suffering was recorded through narrative and a symbolic releasing of the past.

Medium – Christa Liebach
Ritual Designer, Photographer, Video and Sound Editing – Detlef Schlich
ⒸCute Alien TV 2018

Detlef Schlich is an interdisciplinary artist and ritual designer working with performance, photography, painting, sound, installations and film. His main concern is the exploration of the loss of boundaries between human beings and technology in the 21st Century, the emerging phenomenon of transhumanism in the digital age. His methodology is the creation of an alter ego, a mythical character, a contemporary manifestation of transhumanism which embodies the symbiotic relationship between the human experience and technology. Through these alter egos he can explore this fatalistic relationship in which human beings are losing their spirituality and seek methods of re-spiritualization through art. In his studio, he uses ritual performance footage as a source of inspiration. He then works with digital and physical media collaging both the charcoal, acrylics and digital to create a final piece of visual work.


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