Tanja Vujinović: Elixir Agens

Tanja Vujinović: Elixir Agens
opening: Friday, 7 September 2018, at 7 p.m.

Elixir Agens is a set of installations dealing with the construction of a technological "other" using various anthropomorphic and abstract agents.

The exhibition is part of the multi-year project Anthropomorphic Machines, which was created on the twentieth anniversary of Tanja Vujinović’s artistic practice. It covers the monograph and exhibition series, which are partially retrospective in character, and through the new installations on elixirs summarizes the key thematic elements defining her works.

From ancient mythological creatures to agents that enable us to simulate intelligence in virtual domains, these emergent creatures cycle across real, utopian, and dystopian realms. The works examine various roles of technological agents ranging from Taoist Immortals, Telesphorous and similar entities from Greek mythology, dwarfs, automatons, avatars and robots all the way to contemporary AI creations through which we attempt to imitate characteristics of human consciousness.

Installations (objects, generative software applications, electronics):
Garden of the Elixir Pill
Spiritus Agens
Elixir Machine and Elixir Station

Author: Tanja Vujinović
Production: Ultramono (Jan Kušej), 2018
Co-producer: ACE KIBLA, Maribor
Executive producers: Tanja Vujinović, Jan Kušej (Ultramono)
Software, electronics, objects: Tanja Vujinović, Miloš Roglić, Borut Savski, Stefan Doepner, Pero Kolobarić, Roman Bevc, Bevec d.o.o.

Project consultants: Jan Kušej, Lenart Krajnc, Derek Snyder, Urška Dremelj, Stefan Doepner, Borut Savski, Jelena Guga, Miloš Roglić, Maja Kodre, Tomaž Smrtnik, Aleksander Rečnik, Aleš Rode

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Spiritus Agens

Elixir Machine

Garden of the Elixir Pill

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Tanja Vujinović is an internationally active media artist, known for her distinctive works exploring the relationship of the human being and technology.

Since 1997 her works have been exhibited at numerous significant galleries and museums around the world, such as the Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, the Museum Kunst Palast in Düsseldorf, the Museum of Contemporary Art - Denver, Kunsthaus Meran, the Medienturm International Forum in Graz, the Cornerhouse Gallery in Manchester, the Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum, Kapelica Gallery in Ljubljana, Museum Fondation Vasarely in Aix en Provence, Künstlerhaus in Vienna and elsewhere. Until now she has exhibited internationally on 140 group and 30 individual exhibitions.

Her installations, which she calls apparatuses for a rethinking of society, are composed of sound, video, objects, and interactive computer works that can be understood as anthropomorphic and abstract machines, and through which she examines the “uncanny” side of technology.

Tanja Vujinović (born in 1973) finished primary and high school in Belgrade, where she also graduated in Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Arts in Belgrade in the year 1999. She was a guest student of Jan Dibbets at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf and also holds a PhD in Philosophy and Theory of Visual Culture from the Faculty of Humanities, University of Primorska, Koper.


Spiritus Agens by Tanja Vujinovic, installation (objects, electronics),
production: Ultramono, 2018




Photo: Dijana Božić, Kibla archive



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