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NOarchive: ten reasons for open digital archive of Conceptual and Neo-avantgarde Art


“NOarhiv” exhibition presents a selection of artworks from the project called Digitizing Ideas: Archives of Conceptual and Neo-Avantgarde Art Practices. The core of the exhibition consists of various collections and documents from the partner institutions on the project: Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Modern Gallery in Ljubljana, Museum of Contemporary Visual Arts from Vojvodina, and Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw.

The selection was made on the basis of ten thematic units, which seek to argue in favour of offering publicly accessible, digital versions of artworks, interventions, magazines, publications, and documents: AUTHORSHIP AND COPYRIGHT, ORIGINAL AND COPY, PROGRAMME AND SERIES, DISSEMINATION, AGAINST AND WITHOUT AUDIENCE, HERE AND NOW, EVENT AND ITS TRACE, HOW TO GET RID OF THE DOCUMENTARY IN DOCUMENTATION, SUBVERSIONS, and AFTER THE END.

“NOarhiv” has been designed by Studio Bilić_Müller and presents original artworks, documents, and the digital archive itself as equivalent exhibits, offering an insight into complete digital versions alongside originals protected by copyright.

The selection includes works and publications by Marina Abramović, Dimitrije Bašičević Mangelos, Włodzimierz Borowski, Vlasta Delimar, Nuša and Srečo Dragan, Čedomir Drča, Bosch + Bosch Group, Kod Group, OHO Group, Group of Six Authors, Vladimir Gudac, Ivan Ladislav Galeta, Sanja Iveković, Željko Jerman, Tadeusz Kantor, Eustachy Kossakowski, Edward Krasiński, Ratomir Kulić, Vlado Martek, Slavko Matković, Ivan Picelj, Clean Streams Family, Bogdanka Poznanović, Mladen Stilinović, Josip Stošić, Bálint Szombathy, Darko Šimičić, and Slobodan Tišma.

The exhibition’s curator is Jasna Jakšić, head of MSU library.

The project of Digitizing Ideas and “NOarhiv” exhibition have been sponsored by the “Culture 2007-2013” programme of the European Union, Croatian Ministry of Culture, Municipal Department of Culture, Education, and Sports Zagreb, ERSTE Stiftung, and Artmentor Foundation Luzern.

We would like to thank Ingrid and Živojin Dacić, Mladen Stilinović, Branka Stipančić, Darko Šimičić and Kunsttrans Zagreb for cooperation.