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A Fashionable Q&A with…
Artist Racheli Dantess

In NewsWhistle’s weekly question-and-answer series, Clara Morgan speaks with some of the world’s top beauty and style influencers and finds out more about their lives and careers.

This week, Clara speaks with Racheli Dantess, an Israeli new media artist whose focus is on interactive art who she graduated in 2010 from the Kibbutzim College of Education Technology and the Arts. In addition to her art projects, she and her colleagues developed “Transparent World,” an interactive dance performance that was well received by the audience at Inbal Theater, Suzan Dalal, Tel-Aviv.

In 2011, Racheli and her colleagues developed an art project called Drop Art. Drop Art is a video camera-based interactive application that investigates the space between the virtual and the real, and the interaction between human movement and technology.

Next up was Wind Chimes, an interactive performance born from an interest in the female body contour movement and its illustration as perceived from the outside as well as from a personal perspective. In 2013, Wind Chimes was performed at Ars Electronica, one of the world’s most important media art festivals.

For more information on Racheli’s artwork, visit: https://www.facebook.com/dropartinteractive/

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1. When did you discover your passion for art?

Since I can remember I have always loved arts and from the time I was a young girl I was knee deep in the arts and crafts. By the time I was six all my Barbies had custom dresses which I had sewn on my small sewing machine, a gift from my grandmother. As I got older my favorite hangouts became galleries and museums.

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2. Who within your profession is someone you look up to? And why?

Raphael Lozano-Hemmer is a Mexican-Canadian electronic artist who has art installations around the world and is the master at combining science and technology with art. As my two passions are technology and art which I pursued separately for many years – it was eye opening for me to see the sheer power of combining both disciplines.

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3. If you could meet anyone in the world, who do you want to meet? And why?

Leonardo da Vinci! This brilliant man was not only an artistic genius who left a giant stamp on history but was also the first serial inventor who drew sketches for almost all the major equipment we use today – airplanes, ships, weaponry, and much more. He is the undisputed father of combining art and technology.

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4. Who influences your personal style?

Japanese art has always been a great inspiration for me and guides the clothes I wear, the design of my home, and how I live my everyday life. It has also been the biggest inspiration on my art.

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5. Proudest career moment?

While I have been lucky enough to showcase my work many times throughout Israel, being selected to present at the Ars Electronica festival in Linz, Austria, in 2013 was exhilarating. The festival draws art enthusiasts from across Europe and the US and… showcases the most innovative artists.

I showcased an interactive dance performance, called Wind Chimes, in front of thousands of people, and watching the audience appreciate and enjoy the performance was incredible.

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6. Any advice for others entering your profession?

Art is such an intimate experience for the artist and as you are sharing pieces of your soul you cannot expect to receive recognition from the audience. You must learn to love the process and love the result since it’s the result of the process. Anything that comes after that has nothing to do with you.

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7. Best international dining experience you’ve ever had?

Every time I visit Paris, it feels like one long dining experience – from crepes in the morning, to delicious patisseries and vin chaud throughout the day and different French dishes at dinner including my favorite, coq au vin.

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8. Favorite vacation spot and hotel?

The Above Blue Suites in Santorini, Greece. I was there for a romantic getaway with my husband and let’s just say it was hard to leave.

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9. Three items that can always be found in your purse?

Laptop, camera, and “just in case” accessories.

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10. What song can you listen to on repeat?

Gold Shadow, by Asaf Avidan.

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Still Images Courtesy of Racheli Dantess