Mirjana Vodopija and Lightune.G (Miodrag Gladović and Bojan Gagić) will represent Croatian device art tendencies at the most important event in Polish contemporary art. For 30 years, the WRO Biennale has continuously presented most current international media art projects. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the WRO 2019 Media Art Biennale is devoted to exploring the topic – Human Aspect.
On its 30th anniversary, Poland’s largest show of international contemporary art, which commenced as the International Sound Basis Visual Art Festival in 1989 and has explored the development of communication tools ever since, offers a critical scrutiny of processes unfolding in culture, communication, and society by examining the HUMAN ASPECT from a post-technological perspective.
As part of this year's "Human Aspect" biennial, Mirjana Vodopija will present the installation entitled Vibration Landscape, while Lightune.G will perform Lighterature Reading at the opening of the biennial. Selected works investigate the impact of technological aspects on human life and vice versa, through the nostalgic installation of Mirjana Vodopija, we are introduced to her intimate longing for open space, seeking to shift from the position of a contemporary human being whose life, in search of security, became limited. Lightune.G has for the last 9 years transformed Lighterature Reading performances by changing its shape, duration, and objects that make this work interactive and neurologicaly stimulative. The artistic duo in this performance manages various artifacts that enable manipulation of light and sound communication, thus directing the unique luminoacoustic compositions. The Biennale will also present the large Empathy Swarm project - non-anthropomorphic social robot swarm that will in its finals stage consist of 100 interactive robots reacting to human emotions. The artists working on this project are Adam Donovan (AU/AT) and Katrin Hochschuh (DE); they have been building the robots during our three-onth EMAP residency in Zagreb hosted by KONTEJNER.
The Biennale will feature specially comissioned and invited projects as well as a variety of works selected from more than 1,700 submissions from across the world. Around 100 works will explore the complexities inherent in the current relations between the human and the technological, with the human as an initiator, a recipient and, sometimes, a victim of these mutating interplays.
concept and organizer: WRO Art Center
selection: Olga Majcen Linn & Josipa Vukelić (KONTEJNER)
organizational team: Dominika Kluszczyk, Josipa Vukelić, Olga Majcen Linn, Ena Hodžić, Nenad Borović