Urtica, art and media research group (c) 1999 and Beyond
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Urtica’s Biography

  • Biography
  • Photo Biography
  • Keywords / Tags

    • Trans-disciplinarity,
    • User-centered design,
    • Semiotics,
    • Symbolic communication,
    • Interactive graph layout,
    • Knowledge network,
    • Database art,
    • Aesthetic communication,
    • Wargamming,
    • Hazard games,
    • Advertising,
    • Storytelling

Profile

Urtica, an art and media research group, specialises in the development of transdisciplinary projects that merge art, media, social science, and education. The group was founded in 1999 by Violeta Vojvodić and Eduard Balaž. In their work they combine traditional artistic disciplines and ICT. Urtica’s production ranges from Internet based artworks and media actions to art objects and installations. Special focus is put on educational projects such as workshops and web applications.

Urtica was awarded the UNESCO Digital Arts Award at IAMAS Japan in 2003, and participated at numerous international festivals and exhibitions such as Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), FILE (Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Ogaki Biennial 2004 (IAMAS, Ogaki, Japan), Hilchot Shchenim The Israeli Center for Digital Art (Holon, Israel), “Moirés” at Kunstraum der Leuphana Universität Lüneburg (Germany), among others. Selected solo exhibitions: “Value Quest—Art of Fortune & Economy of Risk”, Salon of the Museum of Contemporary art Belgrade, Serbia (2010).

Violeta Vojvodić-Balaž and Eduard Balaž are living and working in Belgrade and Novi Sad, Serbia.


Urtica’s major art projects include an online artistic-educational platform hoopup.net (launch 2011), a hazard gaming setup Value Quest (2010-11), an interactive database of socio-cultural patterns Social Engine (2004–08), a phonetic database Dictionary Of Primal Behaviour - Mouse says: click! and human says: eek! (2003–2004), an online memory game Lapsus Memoriae (2002), a socially-engaged art campaign under the slogan Urtica Medicamentum Est, which consisted of newspaper ads, radio jingles, and short videos broadcast to the general public on television (1999–2001).

Members

Violeta Vojvodić-Balaž,
artist, born in 1971 in Zrenjanin, Yugoslavia. She graduated at the Academy of Arts, Novi Sad in 1995, received Mag. of Art from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Belgrade in 2000, and a European Diploma in Cultural Management in 2006. Her interests bridge the fields of art, social sciences, and cultural management. Together with Eduard Balaž, she co-founded Urtica in 1999. She was one of the co-founders of New Media Center_kuda.org (Novi Sad, Serbia), where she worked as a project manager from 2001–2002. She also worked as an editor (New Media Expert) at www.labforculture.org from 2005–2007. She has been working as an artist in the group Urtica since 1999.

Eduard Balaž,
artist, born in 1972 in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia. In 1996 he received the annual award for painting at Academy of Arts, Novi Sad, and graduated at the same academy in 1997. He received Mag. of Art from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Belgrade in 2003. Together with Violeta Vojvodić, he co-founded Urtica in 1999. He worked as artistic director at an advertising agency “Hammer Creative” Novi Sad, Yugoslavia. He was also one of the co-founders of New Media Center_kuda.org (Novi Sad, Serbia). His research interests include symbolic communication and interface design. He has been working as an artist within the group Urtica since 1999.

Awards

2010
The finalist of the Henkel Art Award in Serbia
2003
UNESCO Digital Arts Award 2003 at IAMAS, Japan
Award at “MAD 03” 2nd meeting of experimental art in Madrid, Spain
The annual award of the gallery Golden Eye “The exhibition of the year”, Novi Sad, Serbia and Montenegro
2000
Award of IV Yugoslav Biennial of the Youth, Vršac, Yugoslavia
award of The Contemporary Gallery Pančevo at IV Yugoslav Biennial of the Youth, Vršac, Yugoslavia
1999
Award of 28. Novosadskog salona, Novi Sad, Yugoslavia
Award for mixed media at Spring exhibition of ULUS - Association of the Fine Artists of Serbia (Violeta Vojvodić), Belgrade, Yugoslavia
1998
The first award in mixed media category at 5th International Biennial of Miniature, Gornji Milanovac, Yugoslavia

Solo Exhibitions

2012
“Uradi nešto u krugu” - exhibition and web application, SULUV gallery, Novi Sad, Serbia
HoopUp - exhibition and web application, O3ONE gallery, Belgrade, Serbia
2010
“Value Quest - Art of Fortune & Economy of Risk,” Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, Serbia
“Kommunikation via Symbol”, BBK Ulm (with the support of IFA), Germany
2005
“Social Engine” / computer artwork + prints, within the framework of “Private Investigations” Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Innsbruck, Austria
2004
“Vehicles for the mind” / computer artwork + prints, Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Innsbruck, Austria
2003
“Dictionary of Primal Behaviour” / computer artwork + prints, Gallery Golden Eye, Novi Sad, Serbia & Montenegro, solo exhibition within the Balkan Video&Digital Art Festival
2001
“Urtica Medicamentum est” / installation, Cultural Centre Pančevo, Yugoslavia
1999
“Place for two” / installation, “Dom omladine”, Belgrade, Yu

Festivals and Group Exhibitions

2012
Canarias (Canary Islands), Spain, ESPACIO ENTER - International Festival of Creativity, Innovation & Digital Culture
Montreal, Canada, “Affaires à Risques // Risky Business,” Festival The HTMlles 10
New York City, USA, dystoRpia Project, Place: Queens Museum of Art, Outpost Artists Resource and Local Projects, Curators: Arlan Londoño and Gabriel Roldos
Helsinki, Finland, Open Knowledge Festival, Open Research and Education track / pecha kucha session
memefest.org (Brisbane), “Debt,” Festival of Socially responsive communication and art
Bielefeld, Germany, plakartive.de an exhibition of billboards in the public space Kunst.Stadt.Plakat, Idea/Curator: Uwe Göbel
11th International Biennial of Miniature, Gornji Milanovac, Serbia
2011
Belgrade, Serbia, “It’s Time We Got To Know Each Other,” 52nd October Salon. Curators: Galit Eilat and Alenka Gregorič
Verona, Italy, “LA CASA | HOME Group show of serbian artists,” Curated by Aurora Fonda & Zara Audiello, Galleria d’Arte Moderna Palazzo Forti
2008
Lüneburg, Germany, “Moirés” - International group exhibition in the context of the project “transform”, Kunstraum der Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Belgrade, Serbia, Play Cultures [svet digitalnih igara] Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade
2007
Prague, Czech, ENTER 3rd international festival - Artistic experiments with new technologies at borders with science
Novi Sad, Serbia, Play Cultures [svet digitalnih igara] Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina
Čačak, Serbia, 24th Memorial Nadežda Petrović, Transforming Memory, The Politics of Images
Luxembourg, art4lux, European Forum for emerging creation
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, “FILE RIO 2007” International Festival of Electronic Language
Beograd, Srbija, “PRODOR U REALNOST: Ukidanje javnog prostora”, Salon Muzeja savremene umetnosti Beograd
2006
Oklahoma City, USA, Upgrade! International: Oklahoma City: DIY (Do-It-Yourself)
Saint Étienne, France, Biennale Internationale Design 2006 Saint-Étienne
Sao Paolo, Brazil, “FILE 2006” International Festival of Electronic Language
Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro, “Disappearing of the public space”, Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade
2004
Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro, retrospective exhibition “Galerija Doma omladine - četvrta decenija (1995-2004)”, Dom omladine Beograda
Ogaki, Japan, Ogaki Biennale 2004 (IAMAS)
Rotterdam, Nethetlands, “International Filmfestival Rotterdam”, Exploding Cinema-section Power : Play
2003
Holon, Israel, “Hilchot Shchenim”, The Israeli Center for Digital Art
Basel, Switzerland, “Viper”, International Festival for Film, Video and New Media
Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro, “WLI” World, Language, Iconicity - exhibition and symposium, Rex B92 Cultural Center
Madrid, Spain, “MAD 03” 2nd meeting of experimental art in Madrid
Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro, “POSITIVE / NEGATIVE”, “44th October Salon”
Novi Sad, Serbia & Montenegro, “Balkan Video&Digital Art Festival”
Amsterdam, Netherland, International Festival of Tactical Media - Next 5 minutes, Media Library
Linz, Austria, “CODE - the language of our time”, Ars Electronica - Festival for Art, Technology and Society
Sao Paolo, Brazil, “FILE 2003” International Festival of Electronic Language
Yucatan/Mexico, “[R]-[R]-[F]” InteractivA’03 - Biennial for New Media Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Merida
Vienna, Austria, “Quo, vadis logo?”, Transeuropa, Quartier 21, Museumsquartier
2002
Basel, Switzerland, “Viper”, International Festival for Film, Video and New Media
Belgrade, Yugoslavia, “KEF”, Rex B92 Qltural Lab
Novi Sad, Yugoslavia, “31. Novosadski Oktobarski Salon”
Zagreb, Croatia, “Urban Festival”
Beograd, Yugoslavia, “Znakovito”, Grafički kolektiv
Beograd, Yugoslavia, “Grifon”, Grafički kolektiv
Budapest, Hungary, The MAMU Gallery
2001
Belgrade, Yugoslavia, “Beogradski Oktobarski Salon”
Ljubljana, Slovenia, “Break 21” 5. International festival of young independent artist
2000
Novi Sad, Yugoslavia, “Video Medeja”, Video summit
Portorož, Slovenia, “Golden Drum”, Advertising festival
Vršac, Yugoslavia, “IV Yugoslav Biennial of the Young”
6th International Biennial of Miniature, Gornji Milanovac, Yugoslavia
1999
Belgrade, Yugoslavia, “IV Belgrade’s biennial of drawing and small plastic”
Novi Sad, Yugoslavia, “The Second International Biennial of Sketches and Projects”, Gallery “Zlatno oko”
Novi Sad, Yugoslavia, “28. Novosadski Oktobarski Salon”
1998
5th International Biennial of Miniature, Gornji Milanovac, Yugoslavia
1997
Novi Sad, Yugoslavia, The First International Biennial of Sketches and Projects, Gallery “Zlatno Oko”

Urtica Educational Programme

2012
“Uradi nesto u krugu”, HoopUp, SULUV gallery, Novi Sad, Serbia (December)
“Risk, Greed, and Consequences in the Digital Era,” HoopUp, Eastern Bloc New media center, within the framework of The HTMlles 10, Montreal, Canada (November)
HoopUp Workshop, O3ONE gallery, Belgrade, Serbia
2010
“Workshop: Kommunikation via Symbol”, BBK Ulm, Germany (September)
2009
“Social Engine Workshop”, REX B92 Cultural Center, Belgrade, Serbia (April)
2008
“Social Engine Workshop”, Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Innsbruck, Austria (July)
“Social Engine Workshop”, Department for Educational, Cultural and Social Sciences (group for cultural sciences, course “Moiré”) at Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Germany (April)
2007
“Social Engine Workshop”, Intermedia Department at Academy of Arts, Novi Sad, Serbia (April)
2006
“Social Engine Workshop”, Communication Department at Ecole Régionale des Beaux - Arts de Saint-Étienne, France (November)

Atrist Talks, Presentations and Lectures

2010
Urtica - Artist Talk, “Artist as a researcher”, moderated by Zoran Erić, Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, Serbia
2008
Social Engine – The Hybrid Source Book / book presentation, Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Innsbruck, Austria
2006
VIE-SOF 18:42; “Social Engine” / presentation, within the framework of VIE-SOF, 18:42 hour screening and event - Denkarium / Tailoring Thinking, Vienna, Austria
2005
Urtica: eine brennnessel mit sozialem gewissen / lecture series, within the framework of the network digitalbrainstorming Swiss: Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zürich; Media Gallery [plug in], Basel; Kornhausforum - Forum fur Medien und Gestaltung, Bern; zfm phtg, Kreuzlingen)
“Social Engine - Great minds think alike” / lecture, within the framework of "Private Investigations" Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Innsbruck, Austria)
2004
Urtica - Artist Talk, within the framework of RISD “Media Lecture Series Fall 2004”, Rhode Island School of Design, Digital Media Department (Providence, USA)
Urtica - Artist Talk, The School of Visual Arts, the Master of Fine Arts Computer Arts Department, Contemporary Voices, New York (USA)
“Vehicles for the mind”, lecture, Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Innsbruck, Austria
2003
“Dictionary of Primal Behaviour” / presentation, “Viper” Basel, Switzerland
“Dictionary of Primal Behaviour” / presentation, “Balkan Video&Digital Art Festival”, Novi Sad", Serbia & Montenegro
“Dictionary of Primal Behaviour” / presentation, Ars Electronica - Festival for Art, Technology and Society , Linz, Austria
2002
“K. und K. / Kraft und Konfekt” / presentation, Vienna, Austria
“Lapsus Memoriae” / presentation, Viper, Basel, Switzerland
“Urtica medicamentum est” / presentation, Urban Festival, Zagreb, Croatia
“Gray Game” / lecture, Prva Kragujevačka Gimnazija, Kragujevac, Yugoslavia
“Lapsus Memoriae” / presentation, Media Education Center kuda.org, Novi Sad, Yugoslavia
2001
CD-ROM “Urtica medicamentum est” / presentation, Video summit “Video Medeja” in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia
Presentation of WEB site Urtica, Club “Izba”, Novi Sad, Yugoslavia
2000
CD-ROM “Urtica medicamentum est” / presentation, “Medija Centar” Belgrade, organized by independent artistic association “Remont”

TV and Radio Broadcasting

2002
TV B92, Belgrade, Yu / “Lapsus Memoriae - TV ad”
radio 101, Zagreb, Croatia, / “Omnigenus - radio ad”
2001
TV Politika, ART channel, TV Pink, SOS channel, YU info, TV B92, Yugoslavia / “Omnigenus TV ad”
radio B92, radio INDEX, Poslovni radio, Belgrade, Yugoslavia / “Omnigenus radio ad”
radio Student, Ljubljana, Slovenia / “Ratioremedium radio ad”
TV channel Pančevo, Pančevo, Yugoslavia / “Ratioremedium TV ad”
2000
TV B92 and radio B92, Beograd, Yugoslavia / “Ratioremedium radio & TV ad”

Press Actions

2002
Danas-daily newspaper, Belgrade, Yugoslavia / “Lapsus Memoriae - print ad”
Plavi Oglasnik, Zagreb, Croatia, / “Omnigenus - newspaper ad”
2001
Nin-Weekly Informative Newspaper, Belgrade, Yugoslavia / “Omnigenus - print ad”
Remont-art magazine, Belgrade, Yugoslavia / “Omnigenus - print ad”

AIR, Fellowships and Grants

2012
Visiting Artist (Grant: Canada Council for the Arts), Festival The HTMlles 10, Studio XX feminist artist-run centre for technological exploration, creation and critique, Montreal, Canada (Novembar)
2010
Visiting Artist (Grant: Institut fur Auslandsbeziehungen), Bundesverband Bildender Kunstler Ulm, Germany (Septembar)
2006
MAPXXL programme at Ecole Régionale des Beaux-Arts de Saint-Étienne, Communication department, Saint Étienne, France (September - November)
2004
ArtsLink Residency Program: Rhode Island School of Design, Digital Media Department, Providence, USA (October - November)
Fellowship program for visual art and theory at Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Innsbruck, Austria (July - September)
2002
“KulturKontakt guest studio program”, Vienna, Austria (October-December)
Gulliver Connect Programme, AIR at C3 Center for Culture and Communication, Budapest, Hungary (March)