Emergence by Susi Sie

Cologne based visual artist Susi Sie released her latest motion film "Emergence" and we had a chance to speak with her about it

DC: What is the main plot and idea of "Emergence"?

Susie: Primarily this film (like my other films "BLACK" and "FLOAT") started as an experiment with liquids. At the beginning I had totally no idea which images I would get and which story I wanted to tell, so everything developed time after time. I like the conclusion of less being more, so I´m always looking for a way to tell stories in an abstract way, giving the observer the opportunity to interpret my films in his own way.

DC: What was the hardest challenge in the project you get through?

Susie: I think the hardest challenge in this project was to keep my motivation on a high level, even after months of failing and testing and filming and editing everything again and again until I was satisfied with the final result. Sometimes I forget, that making art, which I regard as my passion, is attached with a lot of really, really hard work. Good work takes time to develop, and interestingly, the final result is always something which you couldn´t have imaged at the beginning.

DC: How long did it take you to complete the video?

It took me about 9 months to complete this film... In the first steps, I made a lot of experiments with the black fluid, mixed with water and soap and tested many lenses to find out the best way to film the fluid. It also took me a while to develop a story behind these images. I think it´s important not to totally focus on a certain idea, to give the project the opportunity to develop itself in unexpected directions.