New Media New Networks

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The New Media - New Networks was the first retrospective exhibition dedicated to new media art and culture in Croatia. It was held at the Galženica_Gallery, Zagreb, from 9 May - 1 June 2008. The exhibition was a result of 2007's research on new media art in Croatia proposed by Ljiljana Kolešnik (Institute of Art History from Zagreb) and conducted by Klaudio Štefančić.

The new media art in Croatia was presented as a practice of social and artistic networking in the wider context of applying new communication technologies to old institutions of civil society, public and mass media, art and higher education. Instead of the best of presentation of the artists who have experimented with new media, the new media art was represented in relation to concepts of chronology and social network. Three chronological lines were followed: political, informatical and artistic, that began in 1990 and ended in 2005. Overlapping of these three chronologies formed temporary social structures: cultural and artistic networks in which new media art has been created, produced, presented and interpreted.

Three networks were presented with the help of four hubs.

  • BBS (Bulletin Board System) of citizen’s initiative Anti-War Campaign and Zamir Transnational Net are parts of the first network. Their activities are presented in the form of archive of the mailing list.
  • Arkzin magazine and Multimedia Institute from Zagreb are also parts of the first network but they are shown seperatedly: in the form of the magazine issues that can be photocopied and in the form of Marcell Mars' net artwork NRD Kit [1].
  • Media-Scape, the art festival that used to take place in Zagreb in the period between 1993 and 1999, presents the second network in the form of Darko Fritz’s telefax action 410 Gone, which is a part of the The Internet Error Messages series.

Curator: Klaudio Štefančić.

The exhibition was conceived on the basis of a text by Klaudio Štefančić (Croatian version).

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