Exhibition opening: Friday, May 6 at 8 pm
Exhibition author: Svetlana Mladenov
Expert associate: Marko Ercegović
Exhibition to be opened by: Ivan Stanić, a curator at the Museum of Science and Technology, Belgrade, and an initiator and curator of the Festival S.U.T.R.A.
Nataša Teofilović's individual exhibition explores her twentyyear long career and, as such, in addition to her works in digital art, which brought her public recognition, also includes works in other artistic disciplines: video, documentary video, performance and artistic action, drawing, photography, objects, installations, and ambient art.
A recipient of significant international awards in digital art, Nataša Teofilović has, for the first time, been given an opportunity in Serbia to present the results of her delvings into the fields of digital animation, graphics and photography, in a single place and in a comprehensive manner.
Artistic concepts of Nataša Teofilović, especially her digital animations, clearly exhibit her personal artistic handwriting, in the harmonious unity of the emotional and rational. By intertwining ratio and emotions, she constructs a new reality in which both figuration and abstraction have an equal standing. Both her figures (characters) and abstract shapes share the same movement in the undefined void. Their existence in the virtual world, as well as seeming dissociation from the real world, only accentuate their isolation and loneliness, but also the desire for communication.
Through their movements and actions, Nataša's figures define the virtual space in which they maneuver, walk, run, exercise, dance, hover, etc., they give it meaning and sensibility (s.h.e. / onefortango / 1:1 / white, and others). And no matter how much the screen separates them from the outside world, they continue to absorb specific elements from that world, subordinating them to the need for search of their own identity, which exists on the border between the real and the virtual. (Svetlana Mladenov)
Nataša Teofilović (1968) is an artist who explores the manifestation and identity of the feminine and sensuous in the virtual space through new media and computer art. Her artistic development has evolved from the neoconceptual art of the early 1990s to the digital art of the new millennium which merges art, science and technology.
From a technical point of view, she uses different media, from the experimental video, to performance art, to 3D character animations and digital ambience.
Conceptually, these works share the subjects of identity in the void virtual space, perception of virtual beings, as well as analysis of the boundaries between virtual and real space. Her digital works can be described in terms of interdisciplinary, hybrid, and intraactive art.
Since 1995, she has had 15 individual and around 120 group exhibitions.
Nataša Teofilović (1968) is an artist who explores the manifestation and identity of the feminine and sensuous in the virtual space through new media and computer art. Her artistic development has evolved from the neo-conceptual art of the early 1990s to the digital art of the new millennium which merges art, science and technology. From a technical point of view, she uses different media, from the experimental video to performance art to 3D character animations and digital ambience. Conceptually, these works share the subjects of identity in the void virtual space, perception of virtual creatures, as well as exploration of the boundaries between virtual and real space. Her digital works can be described in terms of interdisciplinary, hybrid and intra-active art.
Nataša Teofilović was the first person in Serbia to earn a doctorate degree in Digital Art (Interdisciplinary Studies of the University of Arts in Belgrade, 2010). At the same university, she received a master's degree (2007), and graduated as a valedictorian from the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Belgrade. She is the author of the first book published in Serbia that explores the theory and practice of the 3D character animation (computer animation of a humanoid) and places special emphasis on the analysis of the author's animation through which she explores the manifestation of her own virtual female body in a computer generated space. She is an associate professor at the Faculty of Media and Communications 'Singidunum' in Belgrade.
Since 1995, she has had 15 individual and around 120 group exhibitions, both national and international, such as Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria, 2007), Incheon International Digital Art Festival 2009 (Incheon, Korea), DAT – Digital Art & Technology (Singapore, 2007), KIBLIX 2014 – Parallels (Maribor, Slovenia, 2014), Premonition, Blood, Hope – Art in Vojvodina and Serbia from 1994 to 2014 (Vienna, Austria, 2014), Cargo East, The Subdued Existence: Serbian Contemporary Art Scene (Taiwan – China, 2014, Banjaluka -Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosice – Slovakia, 2015).
From 1999 to 2006, she was actively engaged in the Association for Women's Initiative (AŽIN), working in the art workshops, as well as in the branch of the Association, INDOK (information and document management system), where she produced feminist publications and videos.
Nataša Teofilović, The Art of Movement in the Void Space (technology and practice of virtual characters), Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, 2011.
AWARDS – PURCHASES
Pančevo October Salon 1999, [The Body; slide projection macro photography onto the cinema screen], [May 25, 1999, Vienna – Belgrade; installation/photographs (3 photographs of the rail tracks 30x40 cm and one of the moon 50x70 cm), sound (crickets) [group open call exhibition]; [October Salon award, jury: Lidija Merenik PhD, Ješa Dengri PhD, Marina Miljuš]; Cinema 'Apolo', Modern Art Gallery, Pančevo, 1999.
31st Salon Pančevo 2001, Continuity, Seal, Situation, [Perfect Choice, 2D animation], [open call exhibition; curator: Ljiljana Ćinkul]; [Salon award, jury: Zoran Erić, Svetlana Mladenov and Biljana Bralušić]; Gallery Dvorište, Modern Art Gallery, Pančevo, Yugoslavia, 2001.
34th Pančevo October Salon 2004, Intimus, [Just Follow the Red, posters/digital press]. [open call exhibition; curator: Svetlana Mladenov]; [Salon award, jury: Sava Stepanov, Radmila Savčić and Biljana Bralušić]; Modern Art Gallery, Pančevo, Serbia and Montenegro, 2004.
35th Pančevo October Salon, [Character 0..05; work segment s.h.e. – work phase/single channel 3D animation]; [Special 35th Salon award – work production and individual exhibition; jury: Lidija Merenik, Jasmina Čubrilo and Dragan Jelenković]; Modern Art Gallery, Pančevo, Serbia and Montenegro, 2005.
Ars Electronica 2007, Goodbye Privacy, [s.h.e. 3D character animation/installation/ambience]; [purchased for an annual exhibition in the museum Ars Electronica 2007-2008], Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Austria, 2007.
Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN 2011, Honorary Mention – Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN 2011, Geneva, Switzerland. Honorary award in the international digital art contest of the European Institute for Particle Physics – CERN, Geneva and International Festival of Digital Art Ars Electronica, Linz, 2011.
15th Japan Media Arts Festival, [1:1. 3D character animation/installation/ambience], [Jury Selection Work – 15th Japan Media Arts Festival, Art Division]; Tokyo, Japan, 2011.
FESA – Festival of European Student Animation, [s.h.e. 3D character animation/installation/ambience], [Certificate for the best work in the category of Experimental animated film; jury: József Fülöp, Karoline Riha, Rastko Ćirić]; Barutana, Belgrade, Serbia, 2012.
Behind the Border, 11th Watercolor Biennial [international biennial]; [one-for-tango; 3D character animation/installation], [selection: Svetlana Mladenov], [11th watercolor biennial grand prix, purchased for the gallery's collection]; [jury: Sunčica Lambić-Fenjčev and Slavica Popov]; Modern Gallery Zrenjanin, Zrenjanin, Serbia, 2015.