Darko Fritz: Media art in Croatia

May 28, 2015, 19:00
Galerija Nova
7 Teslina, Zagreb

Boris Bakal, Darko Fritz, Stanko Juzbašić, Ivan Marušić Klif, Goran Premec - Projekt Katedrala, 1988.

On Thursday, May 28, from 19 o'clock, Darko Fritz will have a lecture regarding 'Media art in Croatia – constant redefinition of the area of activity' in the Gallery Nova's Showroom.

This is the first in a series of public lectures for the net.cube project, part of the Centre for Drama Art 2015 programme.

In 2002, Darko Fritz wrote about Media art in Croatia for the Culturenet website, which was 'the first attempt at defining the notion of media art in Croatia in a historical context, as well as composing a relevant database.' Even though there are potential flaws given the lack (i.e. non-existent) literature, he succeeded in publishing a dynamic document, according to the character of media art itself, as well as the need to complete and verify data.' The segment consisted of an essay entitled A brief overview of media art in Croatia (since the 1960's) and two databases: Institutions, manifestations and databases and Publications.

Media art in Croatia contains a lot of external links that need to be updated, which is also the case with the databases initiated. As such, it can be found on the Culturenet website: (http://www.culturenet.hr/default.aspx?id=23038). In 2002, on the subpage 'More on the terms and area subclassification, Fritz pointed put that the issue of constant redefinition of the media art domain, which can be used as an introduction to start a conversation about post-media art.'

The author will comment on his work on the aforementioned documents, with the emphasis on the 1990's, bearing in mind that in comparison to 2002, media art in Croatia has been recognized as an individual artistic pursuit on a creative and institutional level.

Darko Fritz (b. 1966) is an artist, contemporary and media art curator, graphic designer and exhibition author. He studied architecture in Zagreb and visual arts at the Rijkakademie van beldende kunsten in Amsterdam. He is a member of several art associations. He has participated in 18 individual exhibitions and over a hundred group exhibitions all over the world. Along with a selection of contemporary art production for the Siva zona in Korčula programme (36 exhibitions from 2006 to 2014), he has curated a series of exhibitions about the history of contemporary and media art, international, [new] tendencies, computers and visual research, 1961 – 1973, Neue Galerie, Graz, 2007, and ZKM, Karlsruhe, 2008, and Histories of Post-digital: 1960s and 1970s Media Art Snapshots, Akbank Sanat, Istanbul, 2014, to name but few.

He lives and works in Zagreb and Korčula.