Katarina Petrovic

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Disciplines: Installatiekunstenaar, Mixed media/interdisciplinair kunstenaar

Omschrijving werk


Titel Origin
Jaartal 2017
Omschrijving It is an acoustic feedback system consisting of a speaker and a microphone embedded in a glass sphere. The container is periodically vacuumed from atmospheric pressure (1 Atm) to 8.3 x 10-1 Atm. In the process of slow leakage of air, the generated frequencies shift in response to changes of pressure, temperature and composition of air particles. Going from pressure to vibration, the acoustic feedback shifts to mechanical one as well, making the sound “barrier” theoretically, if not physically, infinite. The work was developed during the Summer Session artist in residency program and presented at Sonica festival in Ljubljana under the title The Collection of Nothings: The World. This project is produced as part of the Summer Sessions Network for Talent Development in a co-production of MoTA, Ljubljana and V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam, with support of the Creative Industries Fund NL.
Techniek mixed media
Titel Cosmologicus
Jaartal 2016
Omschrijving Cosmologicus is an audio-visual installation in which the radio emissions from Jupiter are translated into language as a form of an automated poetry. An invisible order of electron particles coming from a distant planet, a kind of a message coming from the mythological Jupiter, is deciphered with the use of the Lexicon Liber Novus book and its word-number database. The signal is obtained from NASA’s amateur radio community Radio Jove, and analysed by measuring the amplitude of 144 central frequencies, analogue to 144 fixed fields in the black grid diagram. Subsequently, the sampled numerical values are linked to the corresponding words in the Lexicon database, resulting in a semiotic stream. Sculpted as a quatrain, the stream is then projected into the black water cube. Original audio recording can be heard on the headphones.
Techniek custom-made software, Jupiter radio sign
Lexicon Liber Novus
Titel Lexicon Liber Novus
Jaartal 2016
Omschrijving Lexicon Liber Novus, is an algorithmically generated book that starts with a verse from the first of the Two English Poems written by Jorge Luis Borges in 1934. "We talked and you have forgotten the words." Following a rule that every word is unknown, the algorithm indexes and explains all the words in the given sentence, all the words in the explanations, all the words in those explanations and so on. First word in the verse starts with an assigned reference to number one, second word to number two and as a new, unindexed word comes up - within the definitions of previously indexed words, it gets the next natural number assigned in order to be explained as well. Using the order of natural numbers for indexation and arrangement of contents, and an Oxford English Dictionary as a source of word definitions, the book encompasses 47.152 indexed words and more then 2 million processed words overall. Therefore, in order to explain the first 8 words, 47.144 other words needed to be explained as well. Spiral or causal arrangements of the contents means the book can be seen as a self-contained world where every point is intrinsically connected to every other. Software written by: Jan-Kees van Kampen Assistance in print preparation: Gabor Kerekes Printed and supported by: Repro- van de Kamp, The Hague Hand-binded by: Bronsgeest HABI, Leidschendam
Techniek generated book
Titel Memento
Jaartal 2013
Omschrijving From 1956 to 1967 my grandparents lived and worked in Priština, Kosovo. I have collected my grandmother’s memories and her photographs of the period. Some of their personal memories were then re-performed by the photos taken at the time of The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. I was invited to participate in the Hub for Serbia-Kosovo Cultural Exchange program, organized by the Alternative Cultural Center and Center for Peace and Tolerance from Gračanica, Kosovo in October 2013.. Given the specific environment, socio-political situation of the region and the problems Serbia and Kosovo are facing today, I decided to do a performance that would address the entanglement of past and present in hyperspatial sense. In relatively stabile societies unencumbered by past history and memory are more distinct then in the societies of crisis, burdened by past and retaliation. The history and memory intertwine and even merge beyond recognition in the societies of permanent crisis. [Pierre Nora]
Techniek performance photo and video documentatio
Danse Macabre
Titel Danse Macabre
Jaartal 2013
Omschrijving Exhibition Danse Macabre consists of a two-channel video and sound installation, photographs and an audio recording. The two-channel video represents unedited documentary materials set side by side. The video on the left channel of the installation shows the burning fields, while the video on the right shows a slaughter of a lamb. This installation with sound makes a distinct narrative in which the footages and audio are played in their own separate loops, thus never creating the same arrangement or reading. Burning fields after harvest is a regular practice in the rural Serbia. It is a way of clearing the hay and preparing the fields for winter and the upcoming growing season. Lamb was ordered and purchased by my father from a local grower and butcher, to commemorate the fortieth day of his mother’s death. Serving lamb or sheep meat on one of the most important commemorations is a common practice in southern Serbia. This custom is called Dušni brav and it represents a form of sacrifice for the soul of the deceased, namely ensuring soul’s peaceful rest. The recording was made in the courtyard of the butcher’s family house in a village near Niš. Both burning of the fields and domestic killing of animals for food are old, common and illegal practices, yet present throughout Serbia to this day. Sound following the two-channel video installation is composed of whisper and repetition of my grandmother’s words, from my mother’s side, followed by a background noise. My grandmother’s original speech can be heard on the headphones and it represents an audio recording made secretly during one afternoon visit to her apartment. She is 83 today.
Techniek two-channel video installation with soun
James Blond
Titel James Blond
Jaartal 2012
Omschrijving it is the reflection of a profound reality; it masks and denatures a profound reality; it masks the absence of a profound reality; it has no relation to any reality whatsoever; it is its own pure simulacrum. [Jean Baudrillard, The Divine Irreference Of Images - Simulacra and Simulation, 1981] Seeing the virtual world as the mirror image of the reality, I tried to transpose the actuality of one side to the other. Using my body, that is my visual representation, I have placed the user inside of the screen on which it spectates and thus changed the sides from experiencing to being experienced. The characters were produced using a built in camera, digitally manipulated and then printed on glass so as to simulate a computer screen. In the transference the characters changed their identity, hence the virtual world itself is the arena of identity exploration. What constituted the characters was mostly the hair, because the hair can be seen as an attribute, a symbol – hair as self. The work bears the name James Blond, since that was and still is the avatar I use online.
Techniek digital photography, digital and offset
Formaat 35 x 26
Image of Thought
Titel Image of Thought
Jaartal 2011
Omschrijving Video documented performance shows the process of painting the body with white color in front of the white wall. This piece represents an exploration of the relationship between the body and mind, as well as their synchronization. Object – thought relation has been examined through a physical manipulation of the body, emphasizing the significance of the self-reflective thought.
Techniek video/performance
Charlie Parker
Titel Charlie Parker
Jaartal 2011
Omschrijving Each word in the song titles, from the album In Sweden by Charlie Parker, has been dictionary explained. This text has been integrated into the design of the original vinyl record casing and exhibited as a single entity. Semantics have been the framework of my interest in verbal communication and in my work in general. Various meanings that hide behind every word are the ones that shape our world. Infinite meanings of words in various contexts are making language a multi-dimensional software and the most abstract and symbolic human creation. This inseparable part of man I am trying to analyze through semantics and its personal and cultural differences that are constantly re-shaping it.
Techniek vinyl record, printed casing
Formaat 31 x 31
Titel Enlightment
Jaartal 2011
Omschrijving An hour and 52 minute long video is devised to function as an installation, set up as a painting on the wall. Video shown on a flat screen, framed in a gilded frame and hanged on the wall, aims to translate the duration of the recording into a single image and a single moment. Process of dawning is recorded in a room with a glowing globe and a subject sleeping. The illumination of space gradually obliterates the light of the globe, exposing and revealing the sleeper and the whole scene.
Techniek video installation
God Gives You Pleasure
Titel God Gives You Pleasure
Jaartal 2008
Omschrijving God gives you pleasure is an interactive body suit, made to be worn underneath clothes, on the naked body. Primary designed for women, it is made of a stretch material with built-in touch sensors, placed on the points that are touched when one makes the sign of the cross. Sensors on both shoulders and lover abdomen are connected to four vibrators and a dildo. Sensor on the left shoulder activates vibrators on the left side, stomach and inner side of the left thigh; sensors on the right side are connected in the same manner. Touch sensor on the stomach, on the second point of the making the cross, is connected with dildo. Religious and sexual gratification are united in order to communicate the spiritual through material and to bring forth the dissonance between women, body and religion as well. Work was exhibited at the Touch me Festival / art in the intersection of science and technology in Zagreb, Croatia in 2008. In collaboration with Milan Nenezic
Techniek Interactive bodysuit / stretch material,

Omschrijving werk


Website www.katarinapetrovic.net


Erkende vakopleiding

Academie / instituut & plaats studierichting / specialisatie periode van / tot diploma
Den Haag, Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten ArtScience 2014-2016 J

Andere opleiding

Instituut / docent & plaats (studie)richting periode van / tot
Academy of Fine Arts, University of Arts Belgrade, Serbia Painting 2005-2011
École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts Paris, France Artistic practices 2009-2010

Cursussen, workshops

Naam instituut & plaats onderwerp periode van / tot
Academy of Fine Arts, University of Arts Belgrade, Serbia Ecstatic bodies in reactive clothing - Stahl Stenlie 2008
Cultural center Dragstore Unrender Sessions - digital image processing workshop 2014
NB projects & BAU Platform for Dance and Performance, Amsterdam We Live Here Summer Academy 2018
Sommerakademie für Bildende Kunst Salzburg, Austria Painting the human body - Xenia Hausner 2008
The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision's RE:VIVE Initiative at Rewire festival, The Hague Sample the City workshop 2017
Waag Society, Amsterdam Out of the Cradle workshop 2018
Walking Theory, Belgrade, Serbia Deschooling Classroom - collective self-education in arts 2009-2010
West, The Hague Video Feedback workshop with Wolfgang Spahn 2017

Overige gegevens

Lid van Beroeps / Kunstenaarsvereniging ULUS - National association of Fine artists Serbia
Deelnemer van Kunstenaarsinitiatief Trixie

Curriculum vitae


jaartal naam tentoonstellingsruimte korte omschrijving solo / duo / groep
2018 Stroom Den Haag My Practice, My Politics, Royal Academy of Arts The Hague GROEP
2018 V2_ Lab for Unstable Media, Rotterdam Test Lab: Summer Sessions Homecoming GROEP
2018 Salone Del Mobile, Milano My Practice, My Politics, Royal Academy of Arts The Hague GROEP
2018 SeeLab, The Hague The Story Within and Beyond, #3 Remote Passages DUO
2017 Museum of Transitory Art, Cukrarna, Ljubljana Sonica festival GROEP
2017 Kapelica Gallery, Ljubljana Earth without humans II - symposium & exhibition GROEP
2017 Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris 01010011 01010101 01001100 01010101 01001010, SULUJ Open Studio DUO
2016 V2_ Lab for Unstable Media, Rotterdam Test_Lab: The Graduation Edition 2016 GROEP
2016 8th Triennial of Contemporary Art - U3, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, Beyond the Globe exhibition / Femkanje, Radio Mapping the Independent Scene GROEP
2008 21st City of Women festival, gallery ŠKUC, Ljubljana Zig Zag exhibition / Femkanje, Radio Mapping the Independent Scene GROEP


jaartal instelling titel & typering project
2018 Ground festival, Den Haag Intermissions Live A/V performance
2018 Stroom Den Haag The Hague Contemporary Weekend 2018 Artist talk (MPMP)
2018 Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, Leiden University art_research_convergence (ARC) forum #01 Public forum (respondent)
2018 Center Leo Apostel, Vrije Universiteit, Brussels Foundations of ArtScience Research residency & seminar
2018 Norwegian Theatre Academy, Østfold University, Fredrikstad Politics of Space Presentation

Internationale uitwisseling

jaartal instelling
2013 Hub for Serbia-Kosovo Cultural Exchange, Alternative Cultural Center, Gračanica, Kosovo
2013 Hub for Serbia-Kosovo Cultural Exchange, Alternative Cultural Center, Gračanica, Kosovo
2013 Hub for Serbia-Kosovo Cultural Exchange, Alternative Cultural Center, Gračanica, Kosovo

Aankopen / werken in collecties

jaartal naam collectie plaats / land omschrijving aankoop
2014 private collection Belgrade, Serbia One of the prints from the work titled James Blond
2012 private collection Belgrade, Serbia Painting


jaartal titel publicatie uitgever / samensteller, plaats typering
2017 The Practice of Art and Science Ars Electronica, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Berlin exhibition publication
2013 EIGHTS Issue #01 Independent, Portland, OR, USA Magazine, an exhibition space on the page for readings and writings by artists and writers

Prijzen en stipendia

jaartal instantie, plaats omschrijving
2016 Schuurman Schimmel-van Outeren Stichting Studiebeurs
2015 Profiling Fund, University of the Arts, The Hague Studiebeurs
2010 Ministry of Education and Sport, Serbia Studiebeurs
2009 Ministère français des Affaires Etrangères et Européennes, France Ecole des Beaux-Arts Paris, exchange student grant
2008 KulturKontakt Austria Grant for Sommerakademie für Bildende Kunst in Salzburg, Austria

Artistieke nevenactiviteiten

nevenactiviteit van tot
Researcher at CENTER LEO APOSTEL for Interdisciplinary Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium 2017
Freelance designer & consultant 2016
ArtScience Forum - a series of open discussions on potentials and limitations of Art-Science practices today [www.artscienceforum.nl] 2016
Femkanje - podcast, arts and media project [www.femkanje.com] 2013