01.02.2008. - 01.02.2008.

Art, Technology, Media

The Galženica Gallery dedicates the 2008 exhibition programme to the latest tendency that finds its artistic and social legitimization in exploring different forms of relationship between technology and art, known under many names such as new media or digital art. However, the focus of our interest is only on the production and presentation of those works that in the context of current transformation of the Internet from communication into a mass medium highlight new ways of networking (Web 2.0, P2P etc.) on one side and the immanent characteristic of the Internet to depend on the different databases on the other. This is especially true of World Wide Web...

One of the activities in this area is starting a collaborative blog (http://kiberdzezva.blogspot.com). The participants are art history, animation and new media students from Zagreb, Croatia. The blog will be a part of the exhibition due to be opened in April but also an attempt, through the process of exhibition organization, to inform the public with the latest issues, tendencies and phenomena in this field. The aim is to use re-blogging for making the public discuss about the latest phenomena on the Internet i.e. World Wide Web. In other words, the goal is to create the discourse area so that the fast technological and cultural changes can be interpreted more efficiently.

The season will be opened in February with the exhibition of Ivan Marušić Klif. The artist will be working with the public databases, the telephone book of Republic Croatia, and Skype web servis. His artworks feature two aspects of new media art: the use of contemporary electronic and digital technology in the art world context and a research of relationship between a human being and his/her technological environment. In the space of an art exhibition the both aspect are usually indistinguishable: visitor/ observer enters the enclosed, technologically created environment, changes its parameters and leaving more less visible traces of his/ her presence, walks out. This time, visitors will be allowed to choose between the positions of a voyeur or a participant.

April is reserved for the group exhibition related to the Kiberdzezva project. Students of Zagreb Animation and New Media Department, in cooperation with Vjekica Buljan, Morana Matković and Petra Šešljaga, will curate the exhibition with the purpose to elicit those artists and artworks that focus on the network and the organization of databases. Two blogs will accompany the exhibition: the above-mentioned Kibedzezva blog and the blog of young artist Dina Rončević entitled Tebe uopće ne treba zanimat kaj je to Bobina/ What do you care what “bobina” is. <http://cetverokatni.blogspot.com>

June is the month of a small retrospective exhibition dedicated to the new media art in Croatia, first of that kind. The exhibition is a result of research conducted by gallery's director Klaudio Štefančić for the publication about the Croatian post-World War 2 art. In the research, art and culture of new media have been interpreted with the help of the two new-media objects: computer as a multimedia machine and the Internet i.e. network communication. Since the implementation of the Internet happened in the early 1990's, the earliest works taken in consideration were created parallely with the beginning of the patriotic war, the independence of Republic of Croatia and the birth of democratic society. Such an interpretational framework enabled the understanding of new media in the wider context: far from limiting itself to museums and galleries, it includes all the cultural as well as political activities that have aim to popularize and implement the new technologies into society.

June is the month of the exhibition of Radoslav Putar Award's finalists. All information can be found on the Award web site <http://www.nagradaputar.scca.hr/hr/home.html>

The exhibition planned for September has a working title Database Aesthetics. The group international exhibition will be organized in cooperation with a freelance curator Željko Blaće and with a support of sponsors, Austria Culture Forum and The Netherlands Embassy from Zagreb, Croatia. The four artists will be presented. Mishael Aschauer is an Austrian artist, a hacker and an open source developer who won two awards at the prestigious Linz media festival Ars Electronica; in his recent works, he has explored digital databases and the possibilities of their widest accessibility on the Internet. Derek Holzer and Sara Kolster from the Netherlands are new media artists, web designers and musicians. They are the founders of Umatic art group and they also produce their works based on the Internet. Their perhaps best-known work is Soundtransit <http://soundtransit.nl/>, which is a database of different sounds, created with the help of the Internet users. German artist Sebastian Lutgert is a theoretician and a media artist and promoter of copy left.

In October, we plan to open Dan Oki's exhibition The last 8mm film. It is a multimedia ambient artwork, which deals with relations between the old forms of film shooting, film reproduction and new digital forms of making, editing and distributing the film content.
A standard 8mm film tape, so-called super eight, is what the artist considers the old way of making and reproducing film content. For the exhibition, he will choose exactly 100 super eight rolls that he has shot over the past 20 years. The themes are mainly personal, almost diary-like in their nature: travelling and emigration to Paris, London, Italy, the Netherlands, the Adriatic islands, lunches, coffees, festivals, exhibition openings, leisure, friends, family, skiing, trains, cars, planes, boats, clouds, mountains and infinite number of other images. Dan Oki will digitalize the materials: first, he will digitalize and save on computer as a database 250 minutes of 8mm film materials and then he will subject database to algorithm that will result in making new films. The database of the new films will also be subject to algorithm and result in more films, etc.

The last exhibition of the season is due to be opened in November. It will present the work of Sandro Đukić who is also occupied with the possibilities of documenting the everyday life. He will try to link two ways of documenting. He earns for a living by leading a small firm that produces, edits and sends photographs to the interested companies, mainly marketing agencies, which use all kinds of images in their work (photographs, illustrations, videos…). At the same time, Đukić keeps taking photographs as an artist and a private person. That results in a certain number of images that create peculiar databases, different from those he uses to make a living. Space where these two databases, public and private, business and personal, overlap is a subject of the exhibition.

See you in the gallery!