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Dejan Grba
* 1967, currently based: Belgrade, Serbia
Affiliated institution: New Media Department, Faculty of Fine Arts; Digital Art Graduate Program, University of the Arts in Belgrade
http://dejangrba.dyndns.org/
About
RESEARCH INTERESTS
Conceptual, cognitive, technological, poetic and political aspects of visual arts, film, new media, digital art and digital culture.
Generative and consequential aspects of art and creativity in general.

ARTIST STATEMENT
I initiated and developed my art career exploring the conceptual, methodological and technological potentials of drawing and painting. My current investigation of the perceptive, cognitive and cultural aspects of visual phenomenology is focused on the various ways of the constitution, representation and interpretation of the individual notion of reality in the symbolic and narrative structures, primarily informed by the insights in physics, biology, evolutionary psychology and cognitive sciences.
My approach to art is conceptual and performative. It is motivated by the need for learning, for self-transformation and for overcoming the personal limitations and restraints through creative process.
In production I combine interdisciplinary research, media experiments and generative procedures. My working methodology is based on the principles of reduction, clarification and optimization in making compact, efficient projects and presenting them concisely. I consider technical knowledge and skills as the prerequisites for a proper realization of artistic ideas, and I establish my relationship with the digital technology through critical understanding and challenging its creative potentials, (ideo)logical imperatives, shortcomings and contradictions.
I am stylistically open, with no ambition of creating a monolithic and recognizable poetic identity. The accent is on both the intuitive and rational play with the challenges of my imaginativeness, inventiveness, flexibility and humor.
Although the epistemological and political impact of contemporary art is marginal, I believe that it should always question and interrogate the relevant aspects of human experience, knowledge, notions and relations, and offer that questioning to the audience in an intelligent, straightforward and unpretentious way. Life itself is far more interesting than art or any other isolated realm of human experience, but art refreshes that simple insight by inspiring our specifically human need to transcend our circumstances.

AUTHORIAL PLATFORM
As a special form of creative thinking for narrative construction, writing is essential for my work. It is motivated by my interests, insights and impressions of artistic and cultural phenomena, and it is focused on the conceptual, cognitive, technological, poetic and political aspects of visual arts, new media, digital art and digital culture. My writing methodology is the interrelation of interdisciplinary research, artistic practice, inquiry and critical reflection, and I strive for the simplicity and clarity of classic style.
Language is a powerful relational tool for building knowledge, experiences and beliefs but it is not omnipotent or absolutely dependable. Its limitations manifest through the discrepancy between the direct experience which is continual and heterogeneous, and the semantic systems which are discreet, homogenous and require intelligent interpretation. And although the theoretical discourse about the arts is therefore relative, conditional and often unreliable, its meanings are not infinitely malleable or arbitrary. The key poetic factors of the arts are universal since they emerge from the evolution of human nature and culture, so they can be addressed rationally and evaluated objectively. These linguistic peculiarities require responsibility and vigilance from both the writer and the reader.
CV

Dejan Grba is a media artist, author and educator. His artistic investigation is focused on the perceptive, cognitive and cultural aspects of constitution, representation and interpretation of the individual notion of reality.
Since 1994 he had 25 solo exhibitions, and participated in a number of group shows at venues including Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland; ISEA, Manizales; Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, Karlsruhe; Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig; Montevideo, Amsterdam; , Graz; Museum in Progress, Vienna; Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade; Museum of Contemporary Visual Art, Novi Sad; Atelier als Supermedium, Hague; IFA Galerie, Berlin; Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade; Gallery of the Science and Technology Museum (SASA), Belgrade; Dom omladine Gallery, Belgrade; Remont Gallery, Belgrade; Rex Cultural Center, Belgrade, and at festivals such as Festival International de la video et des Arts Electroniques, Locarno; Tech_Nicks, London; In/Out, Prague and Belef, Belgrade.
He curated more than thirty exhibitions since 2001 at venues such as Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland; Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig; Medienkunstlabor, Graz; Unagaleria, Bucharest; MoCA Salon, Belgrade; Dom omladine Gallery, Belgrade; Gallery of the Science and Technology Museum (SASA), Belgrade; Students Cultural Center, Belgrade; Context Gallery, Belgrade; DKSG Gallery, Belgrade; Goethe-Institut, Belgrade; VN Gallery, Zagreb; Križić-Roban Gallery, Zagreb and Kraljević Gallery, Zagreb.
He is the first Serbian Artist who won the Junior Faculty Development Program fellowship (2007) and the first artist who won the Serbian Ministry of Science and Technology postgraduate scholarship (1996).
In 2018 he was invited by the Rectorate of University of the Arts in Belgrade to establish and chair the international interdisciplinary MA program The Art of Digital Media. In 2015 he established and since then has been chairing New Media department at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade where he teaches Transmedia Research Studio since 2006, and where he had taught Drawing and Painting from 1998 to 2012. In 2007 he was a guest professor with Computer Art program at the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University, New York. In 2005 he established and since then teaches Poetics of Digital Art Seminar at Digital Art interdisciplinary doctoral program that he also participated in the developing for University of the Arts in Belgrade. The same year he developed Transmedia Art study module for the Painting department at the FFA in Belgrade. His mentoring includes collaboration with new media artists, collectives, DA candidates, and projects such as Photo-Robot (2009-2011), 2D MutantZombies (2006-2007) and Flu_ID (1998-2005).
He has been a member of the Fulbright Alumni Association of Serbia since 2017, a member of international association of curators and artists Provisional Art Spaces since 2015, board member of six art venues and galleries, and a jury member of four international festivals since 2000.
Since 1994 he has given numerous lectures at venues including ADM/NTU Singapore; ISEA Manizales and Hong Kong; Syracuse University; GfZK, Leipzig; Faculty of Architecture, Belgrade; Academy of the Arts, Novi Sad; Museum of Applied Arts, Belgrade; MoCA Salon, Belgrade; Centre for Contemporary Art, Belgrade; Le Centre Culturel Français, Belgrade; Rex Cultural Center, Belgrade; Students Cultural Center, Belgrade; Cultural Center Catalysis, Belgrade and Students City Cultural Center, Belgrade.
He has given talks at conferences including ISEA2017, Manizales; ISEA2016, Hong Kong; Consciousness Reframed XIX, Shanghai; Generative Art 2015, Venice; Going Digital: Innovations in Contemporary Life, Belgrade; Thinking Europe – Discourses and Models, Leipzig; Upgrade!International, Skopje; European League of Institutes of the Arts, Luzern and Gent; ELIA Teachers’ Academy, Rotterdam and Brighton; EUA/Swiss Confederation Conference on Credit Transfer and Accumulation, Zürich; and Inter}Artes, Vilnius and Ghent.
He has published papers on media art in international journals such as Leonardo (The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology) and CITAR (Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts).

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27.11.2018

CGA2018 Interview: https://tinyurl.com/y9ou7nak

The interview for VFXSerbia, with Zlatko Milojicic (VFXSerbia), Miloš Miloševic (VFXSerbia) and Mladen Savkovic (PR of CGA). It took place on occasion of the VR to Begin With panel that I hosted at the CGA 2018 conference in Yugoslav Cinematheque in Belgrade on 16 November 2018. The panelists were Johanna Pirker (TU Graz), Ninoslav Adžibaba (VRlabs Belgrade) and Vladimir Todorovic (UWA Perth).

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