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MARTINA ZELENIKA aka MOON

interdisciplinary artist

Interdisciplinary is the main characteristic of my artistic expression. I challenge time and space beyond; through science and spirituality I intuitively approach the realization of my artwork and thus lead the observer into a fluid and intimate experience. My art makes a subtle impact on human awareness and individual self-recognition by absorbing a wide image of the world "we exist".

ABOUT

#  Artist Moon rethinks futurity and auto-reflects art tactical goals unfolding the future that the human cannot think but should belong to. Her ‘cosmogenic ecosophy’ aims to abstain from alienated capitalist reality and to recreate extra social condition by finding new visual combinations (deliberately not much appealing ones) and perceptual gateways/obstructions. Thus, her art pieces act as some sort of stimuli ie. reminders of what we where and where we are to go. Known physicality subtracted, imaginary potential extended. And we feel estranged. This strategy is quite present in her performative media work Tab_letter synthesizing new media, music and language systems or digitized spatial drawing Imprints outside the rules tackling the posthuman condition.

25 years after the introduction of the WWW, some state that the Information Age is coming to an end. It is followed by what we could call Experience Age. So, where are we now, confronted with the changing context of our interactions and global neoliberal stratospheres? The attitude of Martina Zelenika and her chameleonic art projects strive to shape different art devices/environments for somewhat different interactions. Outside of given informational accumulations and comfort boxes. A closer overview of the titling of Martina Zelenika’s art projects implies the heterogeneous, transmedia and interdisciplinary character of her work, as well as the possible postinternet interpretational frame. Here are some mentions: Tab_letter, Projections beyond, In time and space, Virtual__station, etc. Hence, this multi-visual artist, based in Zagreb, and formed in graphics and new media in Zagreb and Ljubljana, with each and every recent work, engages innovative technological possibilities and digital art tools in order to translate and resist the complacency of the present society and try to overcome our general human condition.

Ivana Mestrov, art historian and curator

#  Martina Zelenika aka Moon belongs to the younger generation of contemporary artist excelling with a unique artistic expression. She doesn’t indulge herself in profane embellishing of reality, she rather chooses to boldly examine it. Martina Zelenika thus creates disruptive forms that are not made to please, showing the artist’s scrutinizing view into the future. Looking at the heterogeneous, transmedial and interdisciplinary artistic work of Martina Zelenika we notice procedures of a new approach in questioning of today’s contemporary society. Martina advocates the philosophy of Cosmology and Ecophilosophy and emphasizes the harmony with (Universal) philosophy, thus uncompromisingly points out the important but forgotten Human values that have been lost in the globalization of societies.

Artist Moon sublimates this spiritual dimension in a unique artistic way through the practice of innovative technological possibilities and digital tools making them visible in projects TAB_letter and Virtual Station, based on positive thinking, action and the idea that every human being lives giving a part of themselves to others and contributes to the evolution of Humanity. In the works Time and space, Imprints outside the rules and Projections beyond the artist addresses the condition characteristic of a post-human dimension that is beyond the comfort of social mediocrity.

Tihomir Milovac, Chief curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Croatia

education and residences

2013  Multimedia center KID KIBLA Maribor, New media cross border programme, Art Residency SLO

2011  Institute of International Visual Arts INIVA, Art Residency UK

2011  Islington Arts Factory London, Art Residency UK

2006 M.A. diploma from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia EU, Video-New Media course (two years programme)

2002 Diploma from the University of Zagreb Teachers Academy (one year of Pedagogic-psychological training)

2001 BA/MA diploma from the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Zagreb CRO/artistic orientation – graphic department (four years programme)

1997 Graduated from the High School of Applied Arts and Design in Zagreb, scenography and arrangement department. (four years School programme)

stipends, grants and rewards

2017 Croatian Audiovisual Centre – HAVC, government-backed strategic agency for the audiovisual
sector in Croatia: a majority production grant for her first experimental movie “Mountain”
2015 Croatia House Foundation (member of EUNIC), grant for her solo exhibition abroad
2013 Multimedia center KID KIBLA Maribor, New Media Cross Border programme, Art Residency
SLO, residency stipend
2011 Institute of International Visual Arts INIVA, Art Residency UK, production grant
2003-2006 Stipend provided by the Ministry of education, science and sport of Republic Slovenia
1998-2001 Stipend provided by the Sisacko-moslavacka County, Croatia
2001 2nd YOUTH SALON, Sisak CRO, first prize
2001 Academy award for exceptional accomplishment work during the Study Program at
the Academy of Fine Arts University Zagreb CRO

group exhibitions & projects
selection

2017  TOUCH ME Festival, POGON Gallery, Močvara, Zagreb Croatia, the fifth edition entitled “Dark matter or The Invisible that Surround Us”, a project curated by Mónica Bello, Head of Arts at CERN / Upcoming

2016 GANZ new festival, international festival of developmental theatre, &TD Theatre Zagreb, semicircular hall / “The cabin of delicious wonders”
2016 Empeduja Art Kamp 2016 Rijeka, performance art week, Museum of contemporary Art Rijeka
2014  Zagreb Design Week 2014, LAUBA Gallery, competition work, presentation of a furniture concept BOREALIS
2013  11th ART STAYS international exhibition of contemporary art, Ptuj Slovenia
2013  KIBLA PORTAL, MATERIALITY international exhibition of contemporary art, Maribor Slovenia
2012  Islington Arts  Factory’s  Summer Salon 2012, London UK
2012  Laval Nugent Gallery, Group Exhibition of 20 young Croatian artists LN360°, promotion of young Croatian artists, Zagreb Croatia
2011  INIVA Social Archive One: An Economic Forecast (Shoreditch), Guillaume at La Maison video recording, London UK
2011  Islington Arts  Factory’s  Summer Salon 2011, London UK
2010  International triennial expanded artistic media, Belgrade Serbia
2008  Gliptoteka HAZU, 100 years of Academy of Fine Arts, rewarded students, Zagreb Croatia
2006  MAGMART International Art Festival, 2nd edition, Italy
2005  Marganovo Hartera Hall FONA New Arts Festival, Rijeka Croatia
2005  Croatian Association of Visual Artists, 39th Zagreb Salon, Zagreb Croatia
2005  MAMA Center Art Net Lab, Zagreb Croatia
2005  11. International fest of computer arts, Maribor Slovenia
2004  10. International festival of computer arts, Maribor Slovenia
1996  Croatian Association of Visual Artists, 24th Youth Salon, the youngest exhibitor at the exhibition, Zagreb Croatia

solo exhibitions

2016  ABSOLUTE IDEALISM interdisciplinary exhibition presents the TAB_LETTER project, poem “Ode to Humanity” in French language and a cycle Projections Beyond, Institut Français de Croatie, Médiathèque, Zagreb Croatia

2015  META_PERSPECTIVE interdisciplinary performance and multimedia exhibition; presenting TAB_letter (my innovative interdisciplinary project) and a newest cycle Projections Beyond (large drawings of humanoid mutants), Multimedia center KID KIBLA, Maribor Slovenia

2014  Illustrations of the picture book “Life along a river – floods”, Marin Drzic Library, Zagreb Croatia

2013 TAB_LETTER implementation of the poem “Ode to Humanity” in the Slovenian language, music performance by clarinet and Turkish oud, Multimedia center KID KIBLA, Maribor Slovenia

2013 Point of deCREATION, Light Art Shoyat, Mislav Katalinic, Stephan Lupino, Martina Zelenika MOON- TAB project, The cellars of the Diocletian’s Palace UNESCO, Split Croatia

2012  TAB letter Project, 1st phase- “Ode to Humanity” music performed by string trio: viola, violin and cello, Multimedia Gallery Nano, Zagreb Croatia

2011  ÐABALESKO (eng.meaning-work without meaning-for FREE) mini-retrospective exhibition, Gallery Kristofor Stankovic (Cycle of Young Artists), Zagreb Croatia

2008  SIZE DOES(NOT) MATTER, brain sculptures – light interactive installation – video installation, Modern Gallery Josip Racic Studio, Zagreb Croatia

2007  PLANET MAR multimedia-interactive installation, Gallery Nano, Zagreb Croatia

2006  PLANET MAR, interactive project Virtual Station and Planet Mar cycle, Gallery of Matrix Croatia, Zagreb Croatia

2006  CONTACT, computer graphics from the cycle Planet Earth cycle, Gallery Branislav Deskovic, Bol Croatia

2005  Video installations PLANET MAR, Subgallery MUL, MMC Luka, Pula Croatia

2005  THE DAY AFTER, digital photography exhibition, Gallery Camera obscura, Rijeka Croatia

2003  X Files ambient installation with computer graphics, Vladimir Nazor Gallery, Zagreb Croatia

2002  PURGATORY- FORM IN INFORMATION, ambient installations, Student Center Gallery, Zagreb Croatia

public collections

Multimedia center KID KIBLA Maribor SLO

Institute of International Visual Arts INIVA London UK

Museum of modern Art Zagreb CRO

Gallery of the Moslavina Museum Kutina CRO

work experience

Cooperation with many clients from a fields of culture, ecology and social education since Y 2007 as a freelance graphic designer, illustrator, fashion designer, web designer and artist.

selection/
BIO Quanta ( Center for Technological Development and Energy Efficiency )
Water Management Croatia Syndicate
Water Management Croatia
RC Government Office for Human Rights
Croatian Union of Physically Disabled Persons Associations (CUPDPA) Zagreb
Zagreb Student Center
The Croatian Film Days
Glorious Backstage Arts London-The Notting Hill Carnival
Prism Bar-Harvey Nichols Restaurants LTD
Movement Angol London
Islington Arts Factory London
DRUID Eco Fashion Brand
Croatian National Television
Ezo TV

fashion design

2011 as an author, creator, designer and activist she become an owner of a 1st eco fashion brand in Croatia under the name DRUID.  www.druid-style.com

fashion exhibitions

2013  ECO Festival/ Fashion Show by DRUID and educational drawing workshop, Zagreb Croatia
2013  D DAY 4th International design festival/ Art installation by DRUID, Zagreb Croatia
2011  FASHION.HR Industry, Fashion Fair / fashion selling stand and Fashion performance, Zagreb Croatia

scenography and exhibition design

2013  International design Fair Zagreb D DAY, exhibition installation for Eco fashion brand DRUID
2011  Fashion Fair Industry Zagreb, exhibition space for Eco fashion brand DRUID
2002 Theater performance “Easiness linen”,  Skofijski Avli, Maribor Slovenia
2001  Theater performance “Easiness linen”, Sisak Croatia

workshops

2014  Art Workshop Summer in Kutina 2014, educational painting workshop by DRUID Eco Fashion Brand, Kutina Croatia
2014  WATER DAY Art Workshop Cultural Center Pescenica and Primary School Vinko Zganec, educational drawing workshop, Zagreb Croatia
2013  Art Workshop ECO Festival, educational drawing workshop by DRUID Eco Fashion Brand, Zagreb Croatia
2011  Art Workshop FASHION.HR Industry 2011, Zagreb Croatia
2011  Art Workshop Islington Arts Factory, drawing and painting workshop, London UK