Device_art 2.0 is a contemporary art event consisting of exhibitions, performances and lectures conceived as an exchange project between U.S., Slovenian, Serbian and Croatian artists working at the intersections of art and technologies.
Device_art was first initiated by the Croatian independent organization KONTEJNER | bureau of contemporary art praxis in Zagreb in 2004 in the form of a group exhibition, bringing together artists from Croatia and the region (Slovenia, Serbia and Montenegro). The main intention was to map, explore and encourage the contemporary art production at the intersections of art, science and technology on the local and regional art scene. Device_art 2004 was a highly successful project, resulting from its innovative conception and enthusiastic response by participating artists. Recognized as a unique project in the local and regional context, it attracted many visitors and gained excellent response by the media. Furthermore Device_art is the only art event in the Croatia dealing on the more complex level with technology besed art. Device_art 2.0 offer a new way of understanding technology and its relation towards art.
To produce an even more interesting event and broaden knowledge in that field, this year KONTEJNER started to collaborate with Multimedia Institute from Zagreb which is for some years now investigating art and skills in that field. American partner – Blasthaus Gallery from San Francisco is also oriented to technology based art, and the goal of this collaboration is to present device art from the region where it is the most development.