The piece Selbstportrait was inspired by experiences of loss and mourning and how these issues are treated within our culture. It is also part of a larger body of work dealing with the integration of the figure into the digital environment. The computer generated sections called for use of software specific characteristics as a mode of expression. In contrast to these images generated with a very powerful technology (Alias Software), I used so-called traditional mediums such as film (Super 8, 16mm and photography). The seamless combination of the various mediums and disciplines was crucial to the piece, feeding off and inspiring each other. Renee Steinfield has reviewed the unedited footage and written and performed the music. I, in turn, used the music as a guideline for edit decisions.
- Claudia Herbst (USA) is presently pursuing an MFA in the Imaging and Digital Arts Program at the University of Maryland. She holds a BFA in computer graphics.