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darko_fritz

10 – 10 – 1966 – born in Croatia
1988 – 1990 Architecture – University of Zagreb, Zagreb

1990 – 1992  Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten – Art Media dept., Amsterdam

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 Kor?ula. 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,  video since 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.

Member of Arti et Amicitiae, AICA – International Association of Art Critics, HDLU – Croatian Association of Artists, HZSU – Croatian Freelance Artists’ Association, ULUPUH, VvK [Voorzieningfonds voor Kunstenaars. 

www.darkofritz.net

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