Hrvoje Hiršl (born 1982) is an Artist, Researcher and a Designer from Croatia who graduated Visual Communication Design, currently enrolled in post-graduate studies in Media Art Histories at Donau-Universität Krems, in Austria. His art projects are at the crossing of contemporary art and media art discourse.
His main themes range from materiality of the art object, deconstruction of its aura and the limitations of the medium, to complex systems and cybernetics and their influence on the art movements emerging from the period of 50/60s – minimalist/conceptual art. In the last two years his interests gradually shifted from the medium, materiality and the “aura” of the art object, into structures, automation and cybernetics, which in a sense is again a search for the supporting structure (medium). His work is not restricted to a single media and it encompasses: sound installations, video installations, interactive installations, prints, etc.
• Decembre 10th – 20th – Polytechnic Museum, Moscow, Russia
• Octobre 7th – 21st – Kiblix 2015, Maribor, Slovenia
• Septembre 27th – Octobre 11th – DordtYart Exhibition, Dordrecht, Netherlands
• September 24rd – October 4th 2015 – Device_art 5.015, Zagreb, Croatia
• July 1st – September 30th – DordtYart artist in residence, Dordrecht, Netherlands
In 2012 nominated for Radoslav Putar Award for the best Croatian artist under 35. Recipient of the TRIBE Residency 2013 (MOTA – Museum of Art transitory, Ljubljana; CIANT, Prague; BIS, Istanbul; Artos Foundation, Nicosia) and Artists in Residence 2012 (Kulturkontakt, Austria). In 2012 invited to participate in Documenta (13), Kassel, Germany, as part of the AND AND AND program. Nominated for the T-HT award 2012 and on the occasion of T-HT awards 2013 he is one of five artists personally invited by the jury. He is the founder of I’MM_ Media Lab in Zagreb.
1. Resonance (The Bell)
Resonance is a tendency of a system to oscillate at a greater amplitude at some frequencies rather than at others. Since the system stores vibrational energy, at these frequencies, even small periodic driving forces can produce large amplitude oscillations.
A steel tube one meter long and 30cm in diameter is positioned in the centre of the space. The steel tube has a resonant frequency of 110Hz. An audio speaker in the centre of the steel tube plays a continuous tone of 110Hz. The tube starts to vibrate and produces its own sound; it interacts with surrounding space, which causes reflections of sound and shifts of the tone according to the visitors’ position in space. The input frequency is completely transformed by the resonance of the tube and once more by the tubes interaction with the surrounding space.
Prints is a series of works which use different aleatoric printing techniques, as a source for its study of the printing medium.
Each print is a memory, a recording of some force, some event preserved on the surface. Particles that at one moment are static, at the next moment take on the form of some event that is preserved in their shape. Stimulated by sound, they move, creating patterns, shapes and textures.
3. Spheres (Euclidian space)
In Euclidean space objects are determined by three dimensions, the x-y-z coordinates. The Spheres (Euclidian space) is an interactive, pneumatic installation that responds on the movement of the visitors by opening its axis on a random number of spheres.
The system of Spheres displays complex behaviour in interaction with the visitors, and the audience is an important part of the system. Through the interaction with the visitors, the system displays the properties of emergence. Emergence is a process in which system displays properties that are bigger than the sum of its parts; diverse range of reactions and emotions that the visitors experience and behaviours they project on one another define the final outcome of the work. Depending on the location of the exhibition every showing of the work had completely different reactions, from meditative, euphoric to chaotic.
Spheres are positioned somewhere between the multiverse, spatial distortion and cybernetic bodies. They are unspecified objects whose function is unknown but their presence leaves a mark in the space, bringing unrest, chaos and “playfulness”.