the artist in Permittivity

Alexandra Dementieva's work is influenced by contemporary film directors like David Lynch, Jean-Luc Godard and David Cronenberg, to name but a few. Her use of the cut-up technique invites comparison with the cinematic montage as a method for altering reality that has been recorded. However, Dementieva's editing depends largely upon audience participation, the chance and choices that she expects her viewers to make. This interactivity is an essential element in all her work. She has made spectator involvement an integral part of the creative process.

She explores contemporary trends in the construction of a narrative, and questions the very process of storytelling by stepping aside and offering every viewer the power to reshape and manipulate the original imagery or plot. The sliced layers offer interesting juxtapositions and can derive new meaning or create a new contextual relationship in the viewer's mind.

Her methods are akin to contemporary VJ manipulations, musical remixing and recycling. Her visualisations echo Dadaist experimentations with texts or Russian absurdist's poetry. The space she creates for each installation 'stimulates unconditional mental freedom' (Faina Balakhovskaya); it is fluid, responsive and transformative


Alexandra Dementieva

artist information



Alexandra Dementieva graduated from Moscow State University of Printing Arts in 1985. In 1990 she moved to Belgium and began experimenting with Amiga 2000, Macintosh, PC computers and videocamera Hi8. She was interested in anthropology and psychology, particularly in behaviorism, which led her to create an interactive environment. She graduated from Academy of Fine arts Watermael-Boitsfort in Brussels. In 1999 she became one of the co-founders of IMAL (Interactive Media Art Laboratory) in Brussels.





the artwork in Permittivity

Everything is filled - every millimeter of space. It is impossible to move, breathe, think, so as not to touch the line - dotted, solid, thin as a silk thread, transparent as a cobweb. All in continuous movement somewhere, and so for years, centuries, millennia - before the beginning of time and the universe.