Vitar Drinković (HR) Breathing time

Installation, 2014

The work consists of a device that includes a potentiometer and a spotlight that is connected to a modified clock. The clock is linked to a solar cell and works only when there is a source of light of given intensity. It works by someone fastening it onto his or her body at waist level and regulating the intensity of the light by deep breathing from the abdomen. Thus the visitor will, by breathing, set in motion the clock, which works only when the person is breathing. At the level of the biologically and psychologically conditioned perception of time, this work has its effect by encouraging deep breathing and because of the visual experience of the change of light, creates a relaxing and meditative state. The project is a response to our accelerated and stressful manner of life, in which we are all the time thinking and multi-tasking. Through interaction with the work, the focus is directed on a single action, breathing, which brings us into the state of mind that is here and now. In this manner, the perception of time varies too. Hence the clock is designed to have no numbers; it is totally white and has just a single red second-hand.


Vitar Drinković (HR)

Vitar Drinković works at the intersection of technology, science and art, through the creation of interactive devices, inventions and installations that serve as intermediaries in communication between people. His intention is to explore and create a new context and conditions for the sensory and mental perception of daily life. He combines his extensive experience in sculpture and sculptural technologies with new media, DIY culture, new technologies and collaborations with experts in the fields of science, which opens up a wide spectrum of activity.

He graduated in Sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 2008. During his studies, he attended a semester at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA. In 2014, he completed his Master’s degree in Animation and New Media at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, where he also participated in a student exchange with the London Metropolitan University, UK. He has exhibited in 24 solo exhibitions, created 7 public space sculptures (Zagreb, Dugo Selo, Bjelovar and Hvar in Croatia, and Trausdorf in Austria), and has participated in 14 artistic residencies. He exhibited at 55 group exhibitions in Croatia, Germany, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Austria, the Czech Republic, United Kingdom, USA, Canada and France. He is the recipient of several awards, honors and scholarships, and a 2021 Radoslav Putar Award finalist. He is a member of the Croatian Association of Visual Artists and the Croatian Freelance Artists’ Association.