18/08 2017

Guest artists at the 19th edition of Media Mediterranea festival

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We present you with the rich and interesting biographies of our guest artists who take part of the festival’s central program. You can read more about the works that will be exhibited here. 

Mediengruppe Bitnik

Mediengruppe Bitnik (read – the not mediengruppe bitnik) live and work in Zurich/London. They are contemporary artists working on and with the Internet. Their practice expands from the digital to affect physical spaces, often intentionally applying loss of control to challenge established structures and mechanisms. !Mediengruppe Bitniks works formulate fundamental questions concerning contemporary issues.

In early 2013 !Mediengruppe Bitnik sent a parcel to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy. The parcel contained a camera which broadcast its journey through the postal system live on the internet. They describe «Delivery for Mr. Assange» as a SYSTEM_TEST and a Live Mail Art Piece.

They have also been known for sending a bot called «Random Darknet Shopper» on a three-month shopping spree in the Darknets where it randomly bought objects like Ecstasy and had them sent directly to the gallery space.

!Mediengruppe Bitnik are the artists Carmen Weisskopf and Domagoj Smoljo. Their accomplices are the London filmmaker and researcher Adnan Hadzi and the reporter Daniel Ryser.

Their works have been shown internationally including:
Shanghai Minsheng 21st Century Museum, City Art Gallery Ljubljana, Kunsthaus Zürich, NiMk Amsterdam, Space Gallery London, Cabaret Voltaire Zurich, Beton7 Athens, Museum Folkwang Essen, Contemporary Art Center Vilnius, Beijing «Get it louder» Contemporary Art Biennial, La Gaîté Lyrique Paris, Gallery EDEN 343 São Paulo and the Roaming Biennale Teheran.

They have received awards including:
Swiss Art Award, Migros New Media Jubilee Award, Honorary Mention Prix Ars Electronica


Darko Fritz

Darko Fritz is artist, independent curator and researcher and graphic designer. He was born in 1966, in Croatia, and currently he lives and works in Amsterdam, Zagreb and Korčula. His work fills the gap between contemporary art practices and media art culture.
His artworks make use of various materials and mediums: architectonic, organic [horticulture], public transport, electronic, traditional art mediums, communication [TV, radio, newspapers, internet, fax] … In his artworks he often using electronic / communication / digital techniques:  photocopys and slide projections since 1984, film loops since 1987,  videosince 1988, digital photography since 1990;  fax since 1991, Internet as artistic medium since 1994. In many projects or single works various disciplines get overloped, as in Cathedral project – an interactive computer- generated environment from 1988. His work is often organized in long-term projects [each made of several parts or phases], but he produces independent art objects as well. He published and edit several printed and electronic publications and portfolio of prints. He wrote a first overview of media art in Croatia (since 1960s) as editor for culturenet.hr web portal (from 2002).

Fritz was a founding member of the artist collectives Cathedral [1988], Imitation of Life Studio [1987 – 1990], Young Croatian Electronic Films [1991], The Future State of Balkania [1999] and the association and gallery gray) (area – space of contemporary and media art in Kor?ula [since 2006].
He has curated numerous exhibitions and edited related printed and electronic publications, including I am Still Alive (early computer-generated art and recent low-tech and internet art), Zagreb, 2000; CLUB.NL – contemporary art and art networks from the Netherlands, Dubrovnik, 2000; Bit International – Computers and Visual Research, [New] Tendencies, Zagreb 1961—1973, Neue Galerie, Graz, 2007 and ZKM, Karlsruhe, 2008; Reconstruction: private=public=private=public=, Belgrade, 2009 and Angles and Intersections (co-curated with Christiane Paul, Nina Czegledy, Ellena Rosi and Peter Dobrila), Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, 2009.


Jonas Lund

Jonas Lund is a Swedish artist that creates paintings, sculpture, photography, websites and performances that critically reflects on contemporary networked systems and technological innovations. He earned an MA at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam (2013) and a BFA at Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (2009). He has had solo exhibitions at Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2016), Steve Turner, Los Angeles (2016, 2015, 2014); Växjö Konsthall Sweden (2016), Boetzelaer|Nispen, Amsterdam (2014); Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam (2013); and has had work included in numerous group exhibitions including at Eyebeam, New York; New Museum, New York, XPO Gallery, Paris; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Witte De With, Rotterdam, De Hallen, Haarlem and the Moving Museum, Istanbul. His work has been written about in Artforum, Kunstforum, Metropolis M, Artslant, Rhizome, Huffington Post, Furtherfield and Wired.


Luis Rodil-Fernández

Luis Rodil-Fernández is an artist, teacher and hacker with a mixed background in computer science, fine arts and music. His autonomous work is concerned with the impact that technologies have on cognition and the human body, with particular emphasis in movement and embodied interfaces. Through performances, installations and social games, his work proposes a critical gaze on human-computer interactions rooted in movement. He teaches at the ArtEZ University of the Arts in Arnhem and is teacher and researcher in the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.


Anthony Antonellis

Anthony Antonellis is an artist who lives and works on the internet from New York. He received his BFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design, and his MFA in New Artistic Strategies from Bauhaus University Weimar. He currently teaches graphic design at SUNY Purchase college.
His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including The Photographers’ Gallery (London), The Whitney Museum (New York), DAM Gallery (Berlin), as well as art fairs NADA, Moving Image, and UNTITLED.
He frequently lectures, leads workshops, and participates in panel discussions on digital art. He curated a pavilion for The Wrong – Digital Arts Biennale, and co-curated a GIF exhibition with Lorna Mills in Berlin titled When Analog Was Periodical. He founded netartnet, an ongoing research project documenting net art exhibitions from the early 1990s to the present.
His work has been featured in The Atlantic, Artnet, Artsy, BBC World Service, CNET, The Creators Project, Dazed, Gizmodo, GOOD, Interview, Neural, PAPER, and Wired. His recent commissions include Electric Objects, Hyperallergic, and GIPHY.


Davor Branimir Vincze

Davor Branimir Vincze is a versatile, intenationally active composer, winner of several awards and stipends in composition. Taken in account that he finished medicine prior to starting his musical career, it is evident why his music posesses the fascinating mixture of natural and social phenomena, mathematical curves, algorithms and electronics.

Davor B. Vincze, born in Zagreb, obtained his degrees in composition in Graz and Stuttgart, after which he finished practical training in electronic composition at Ircam in Paris. His pieces have been performed by ensembles such as Modern, Recherche, Intercontemporain, Klangforum, Talea and many others, in concerts and festivals such as Impuls, MATA, Manifeste, Biennale Zagreb, etc. In 2014 he has started Novalis, contemporary music festival in Croatia. Currently he lives in the US, where he’s doing his PhD in composition with Brian Ferneyhough at Stanford University.

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