Vladimir Bonacic: Computer-Generated Works Made Within Zagreb’s New Tendencies Network (1961–1973)

Author(s): Darko Fritz

Scientist Vladimir Bonacic began his artistic career in 1968 under the auspices of the international New Tendencies movement (NT). From 1968 to 1971 Bonacic created a series of “dynamic objects” —interactive computer-generated light installations, five of which were set up in public spaces. The author shows the context of Bonacic’s work within the Zagreb cultural environment dominated by the New Tendencies movement and network (1961–1973). The paper shows his theoretical and practical criticism of the use of randomness in computer-generated art and describes his working methods as combining the algebra of Galois fields and an anti-commercial approach with custom-made hardware. It seems that Bonacic’s work fulfills and develops Matko Mestrovic’s proposition that “in order to enrich that which is human, art must start to penetrate the extra-poetic and the extra-human.”

Year: 2008
Month: April
Place: San Francisco, CA
Publisher: The MIT Press
Journal: Leonardo
Volume: 41
On pages: 175-183
Artworks referred to: T-4, DIN. PR18, DIN. GF100
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