video art

  • 27.11.2014. - 23.12.2014.

    Mercury Retrograde: Animated Realities

    Brian Alfred, Aline Bouvy, Cliff Evans, eteam (Franziska Lamprecht, Hajoe Moderegger), Scott Gelber, John Gillis, Jan Nalevka, Karina Aguilera Skvirsky

    Curated by Željka Himbele and William Heath

    Three or four times a year, the planet Mercury appears to move backward in its orbit when seen from Earth. This optical illusion is referred to as Mercury retrograde. In popular astrology, Mercury retrograde marks intense periods when things go awry, signaling the need for reflection and revision of our lives. This is a time for veering away from the past and taking cautious steps forward. Mercury’s cycle has been speculated as the cause of major course corrections for society; it gives us a chance to grow as humans, to raise critical awareness, and possibly make a movement towards radical change.

    The exhibition Mercury Retrograde: Animated Realities features an international selection of artists making animated videos that focus on uncertain future. Appropriating popular culture images from television, film, web, newspaper, tabloid, and fashion magazines, the artists manipulate source materials with a variety of aesthetic approaches and montage techniques that offer reflections upon our mass media-saturated cultures. The materiality of animation allows for flattening, collaging, reduction and abstraction of the appropriated material that at once allows the absurdity of contemporary life to stand more singularly and clearly. The works collectively vibrate with an omnipresent feeling of anxiety, a kind of anxious energy that demands we consider the current paths and policies we have allowed to be chosen for us. The animations grapple with complex topics surrounding the culture of spectacle, excesses of consumption, economy and power relations in the era of globalization and interconnectedness, and reveal the artists’ simultaneous fascination with and critique of our culture, society, and politics.

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  • 08.12.2004. - 23.12.2004.

    Ksenija Turčić, "Smoking"


    "Smoking" is an ambient piece consisting of a video of the artist, smoking silently in her own room until she is completely concealed by the cigarette smoke and of a text printed on the walls of the gallery. The text, in form of anecdote or short story, lists a series of misunderstandings caused by smoking and discusses the problematic of smoking in today’s society. It also focuses on the differences between Croatian and American societies.

    Ksenija Turčić (1963) graduated from the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts in 1987, after which she studied drawing with Joseph Kosuth in Como (Italy). She partook in many independent and joint exhibitions in Croatia and abroad and attended study programs in Washington, Cimelice (Czech Republic) and New York. She has won many international and Croatian prizes for her work, including the prize of the 20th Youth Salon in 1988 and the Vjesnik annual prize for visual arts "Josip Račić" in 2001.

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  • 19.10.2001. - 31.10.2001.

    Danko Friščić i Denis Krašković

    Danko Friščić i Denis Krašković

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  • 03.10.2003. - 25.10.2003.

    (Re:)sources: New Media and Young Croatian artists


    By presenting 19 young artists from the academies in Split and Zagreb, the exhibition wanted to show the
    relationship between new media, artistic education and young artists in Croatia. Since technological innovations became easily available and since the IT culture of computers and the Internet fundamentally changed everyday life, the exhibition tried to show in what way these fast changes are taking place in the field of art.

    The curators Željka Himbele and Klaudio Štefančić decided to exhibit the works of young artists, who are more open to new artistic paradigms. The majority of the works presented belong to the medium of video-art and it is therefore easy to conclude that the implementation of computer technology and internet culture in Croatian art education is imminent.

    The participating artists were: Maris Cilić, Goran Čaće, Zrinka Budimlija, Mile Modic, Vanja Činić, Matija
    Debeljuh, Jelena Nazor, Marija Prusina, Dunja Sablić, Jelena Bračun, Goran Škofić, Ana Hušman, Maja RožmanKarmen Dugeč, Lala Raščić, Mario Mišković, Bruno Razum, Ana Šerić, Galeb Vekić i Ivana Runjić.

    The exhibition was supported by: the city of Velika Gorica, the Ministry of Culture of Croatia, the Royal Netherlands Embassy and Filip Trade d.o.o.

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  • 18.05.2005. - 12.06.2005.

    Sandra Sterle, "Integration: Who Wants to Play?"


    Sandra Sterle (1965) questions the models of communication and media technology and exploresartistic and strategic possibilities of manipulation via images. By using her identity in the form offictional self-portraits on the modern social background she realizes her works in which she pointsout to the difference between personal experience and media constructed images. Exhibited in theGalženica Gallery, the video installation “Integrations/who wants to play?” offers ideas of integratingthe differences between moving and stopping, movies and video, male and female, artificial andnatural, domestic and foreign, child and adult.

    Sandra Sterle graduated from Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts in 1989 and at the academy in Dusseldorfshe was in the class of Nan Hoover. She has been exhibiting since 1995 in Croatia and abroad. Shewon the award for Best young video artist at the international festival Video Medeja in Novi Sad in1997 and the award of the Dutch “Werkburs” Foundation. She teaches the art of newmedia at Split Academy of Art.

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