The interdisciplinary artist MooN Martina Zelenika is a representative of the new Croatian contemporary and New Media art scene who will present her work to the citizens of Vienna, from October 25 to November 1st, at Mz* Baltazar’s Laboratory, Wallensteinstraße 38-40 / 8.
With this exhibition, and especially with La Petite Mort (Eng. small death), an artwork based on the technique of Augmented Reality and a smartphone App under the name of MoTHA, the artist MooN wants to give an example of the experience of how we can naturally re-program a human bio-computer for survival in our Natural Reality on Earth. The exhibition brings new and old media together. Quote from the artist: “Traditional and digital creative tools help me to visualise the process/result of inner alchemy (transcendental state) of the body and provide a digital interactive art experience for visitors with in addition to the classic viewing of handmade artwork. We as humans have an obligation to change our behavior, belief system and priorities in the material world for the purpose of developing a sustainable modern society and coexistence with other species on Earth that we depend on.” The day before the exhibition opens, on October 24, the artist MooN Martina Zelenika is invited to give her lecture titled “Augmented Reality-Contemporary (Dys)Utopia” to the students of Digital Arts department at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.
The curator of the exhibition is Dr.Phil. Penesta Dika, a free-lance curator in Vienna and lectures at the University of Art in Linz (Austria) and at the University for Business and Technology in Prishtina (Kosovo). The exhibition is financially supported by the Croatian Ministry of Culture, The City of Zagreb and NAGON – interdisciplinary laboratory of arts, an arts organization from Zagreb.
The concept of this exhibition focuses on two complex artworks of the artist MooN Martina Zelenika. On one side, the art project and performance Receptilium is present as a documentation in form of a video. It is an audio-visual live performance acted by the artist herself in 2018. On the other hand, within this exhibition is presented for the first time the artwork La Petite Mort. It is an artwork based on the technique of Augmented Reality and is used via a smartphone App under the name of MoTHA (Metaprogramming of The Human Algorithm – the new series of MooN). With these App life sized drawings, which are seen as still sequences coming to life, the drawings can also be interacted with by the users. The processes here represent a kind of brief loss of consciousness, which according to the artist describes the stage of „post orgasm”, or „transcendental state“. In both projects, the artist involves for her creation some type of meditation techniques linked to the practice of inner alchemy. Besides the technologies that were developed specifically for each artwork, visually, both presented artworks are consisted of lines.
Lines in the artworks of one of the most known abstract painter, Wassily Kandinsky, represented the values of music, they were used to describe different tone tonality, tone length, etc. MooN Martina Zelenika also uses lines in connection with music, and respectively with sound. However, in MooN’s artworks, besides representing tones or notes, lines express the connections between the real and the virtual world, connections between past and present, between technological and traditional art, connections between our world and the universe, between seeable and unseeable things, between consciousness and unconsciousness. Also related to other artworks that she has done until now, MooN uses those lines in combination with the technology to create trans-lines, trans-surfaces, trans-spaces that are inside of us, or that surround us. The lines in her artworks are light, or created through a pencil, they are still or in movement. They vibrate, oscillate or move in a spiral direction transporting their message in the form of energy directly to the viewer. The viewer is integrated in this world existing in-between the artwork and his or her perception and feelings. Her studies for the artworks that belong in these series are based on the perception of the human species as an optimized algorithm, pointing out the kind of optimization that emerges during the process of the artistic creation. Those thoughts that are inspired by so-called evolutionary algorithms, or genetic algorithms, include the process of the “survival of the fittest” in the aspect of matches between human spirit and its genetic-based physical conditions. Furthermore, since the main aim in MooN’s work is to bring the humanity and the artistic creation process to its highest level, she is also optimizing while she is selecting, creating, modifying and correcting analogue and digital drawings to create an AR – extension or extensions through the visualisations of the brain waves. This will be offered to the visitors within this show. The individual experience of the visitor is here a unique aspect that the artist carefully integrates in her presentations.
A review; Dr. phil. Penesta Dika (October 2019)
The interdisciplinary artist MOON Martina Zelenika, through innovative methods, explores and creates art projects which are related to the theme of post-humanism. The main characteristic of her work is the symbiosis of traditional techniques and the latest modern digital technology to expand reality, giving us a broader image of the world we “exist”. The artist MOON combines different media such as: moving image, music composition, poetry, design, handmade drawings and reliefs, uses meditation practice (inner alchemy), creates interactive and new media art with an interest in image sonification and data sonification from brain waves, motion sensors and X-ray laboratory analyses of mineral stones. Zelenika graduated MA/BA at the Academy of Fine Arts of the University Zagreb and took MA in the area of Video and New-media at the Academy of Visual Arts and Design of the Ljubljana University. She has been awarded several well-regarded grants and scholarships, has participated at international conferences dedicated to digital and multimedia art, has exhibited at over 40 national and international exhibitions and festivals.
Duration: 25th October till 1st November
Opening: Friday 25th October, 18 – 21 h
Closing: Friday 1st November, 13 – 20 h
Address: Mz* Baltazar’s Laboratory, Wallensteinstraße 38-40/8, 1200 Vienna, Austria
Saturday 26.10. 12 – 18 h Guided exhibition
Sunday 27.10. 11 – 14 h Guided exhibition
Monday 28.10. 11 – 18 h Guided exhibition
Tuesday 29.10. 11 – 18 h Guided exhibition
Wednesday 30.10 11 – 18 h Guided exhibition
Thursday 31.10. 11 – 18 h Guided exhibition
Friday closing 01.11. 13 – 20 h Guided exhibition