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Sunny with a possibility of robbery 2016

Sunčano uz mogućnost razbojništva, 2016.
Web aplikacija, projekcija, objekt

Prema izvješću UN-a Monitoring the Impact of Economic Crisis on Crime tijekom ekonomske krize 2008-2009 pojačala se kriminalna aktivnost građana te je jasno da ekonomska klima utječe na količinu kriminalnih radnji građana. Građani već imaju putem nacionalnih televizija dostupne informacije o tome hoće li sutra pokisnuti, kako da se obuku te kako će se osjećati, a s obzirom da iz Hrvatske ekonomska kriza nikako da odseli, nije zgorega uputiti ih u koje dijelove grada da ne zalaze.
Projekt Sunčano uz mogućnost razbojništva započeo je prikupljati podatke 2010. kao reakcija na vremenske prognoze koje uz klasičnu prognozu sadrže i biometeorološki segment, odnosno predviđaju i zdravstveno te emocionalno stanje građana tijekom narednih dana. U sklopu projekta Giba je kreirao aplikaciju koja prikuplja podatke Policijske uprave zagrebačke o kriminalu u Zagrebu. Za svaki događaj policija objavljuje vrijeme, lokaciju i vrstu kriminala, a Gibina aplikacija na temelju tih podataka prikuplja i podatke Državnog hidrometeorološkog zavoda o vremenskim uvjetima u trenutku kriminalnog djela na lokaciji izvršenja. Na temelju vremenske prognoze i policijske statistike, aplikacija prognozira vjerojatnost zločina u pojedinim zagrebačkim kvartovima.

Landscapes in Student Center Gallery

 

In Mihael Giba’s contemporary landscapes the tool and the form of creation are undergoing significant updates. The screen has taken on the role of the canvas, the brush has been replaced with a PHP application, the web software which has been gathering data determines the content of the painting, the meanings of individual symbols aren’t given over to the imagination of the public but are strictly programmatically merged with a certain dimension of society or information on it.
These landscapes are therefore neither figurative nor abstract. They are not oil or watercolor paintings but virtual paintings. Through their motifs they do not reveal their author, their atmosphere doesn’t divulge the artist’s background, they don’t tell of his sensibilities. There is no personality, let alone intimacy. On the contrary, the structure of these landscapes is a direct consequence of numbers. Many lovers of more traditional approaches to art will ask ‘Where did the painter go?’. How can you valorize an exhibition in which the pastoral theme illustrates the daily political context and the rural idyll embodies the intensity of crime? How much is a painting worth when the only meaning is ascertained by the dry information of the wall text?
It is precisely the specificity, numerical or any other that has been more than unwelcome in art. It has stood opposite the subjective vision or the author’s interpretation on which the creative nerve was resting. The poet wasn’t interested in statistics but the wind, the whirlwinds of passion, the currents of mindlessness, the oceans of love and the fogs of uncertainty. But unlike Byron, statistics is the crucial executive lever of Giba’s expression. Because Giba, as opposed to Gliha, uses landscape instead of a graph – rocks represent culture, the elevations the economy, the cloud science, trees sport and the mountains health. The statistical table is replaced by a skyscraper, birds fly over this coordinate system instead of points.
Giba hasn’t discovered the measuring unit or the correlation between certain relevant economic and political factors. Neither had the search engine which gathers data and organizes it into categories which then collide into other categories generating new data out of the old. Of course it is necessary to manage this system, but it is also crucial to give a title to each of the categories. To set the parameters, the tags. We could say that his invention is the confrontation of one kind of concrete, specific type of data with another, transposing it into corresponding visual interpretations which constantly follow these changes. Of course this is no longer a landscape or a painting. It is a visual which has the one purpose, to relate the key elements that condition the circumstances of our existence in this very moment. This reality is numerical, its truth is most clearly expressed in statistics. But we don’t pay statistics a lot of attention. Our eyes go over numbers with no hesitation or we simply exchange numbers into the feeling of an empty stomach. The numbers through which Giba arrives to his paintings are roughly familiar but everyday life is still closer and more intense, relegating these numbers into a lower, secondary level of perception.
This, among other things, would be another way of disclosing modes of behavior of an economic political system that has as a lever (and maybe even a goal) the masking of the crucial details in a thread of numbers and phrases that is impossible to unravel.
The landscape form is successful in its revelatory nature because the landscape is a common lucrative moment, a common iconographical ornament of living rooms. Along with couches and armoires it is a crucial element in the idea of the living room. Giba’s intention is not to criticize middle-class taste. He uses a classical template to visually translate the fact that these numbers are a present if not entirely visible generative element of the circumstances of our lives.
The millions and billions which have been stolen in the highest political and economic rungs, levels unattainable to regular people, have turned into a picturesque city made up of 73 000 houses in Giba’s visual transcription. These numbers are confronted with all the tiny sums the system incessantly takes from the poor individuals through its many tentacles. Only boring and unpopular statistics add up all these individuals. These statistics have suddenly become available, a traitorous virtual universe which in its vast expanses contains all these tiny satellites and asteroids which strike individuals on weekdays and weekends. Although they have existed for a while now a telescope with the name php application has brought them all together with a push of a button, and by pushing another Giba has turned them into floors of rising skyscrapers.

The uncompromising critics will still wonder where the artist is in all this. What does he do while the machine generates landscapes night and day?
He arranges new compositions, he tunes the antennas to pick up sound waves of dissatisfaction which fill the air. He goes out into the street and listens to what the masses whisper while those responsible yell out slogans. He visits the centers of discontent, registers the level of vault emptiness, makes his way through the crowd of the unemployed and along with them he takes the tectonic blows of a global second.
Boris Greiner

Exhibition Book – Art Object 2 in Belgrade

Punctum for Art Experiment and National Library of Serbia invite you to  the opening of international exhibition “Book – Art Object 2”.

December 20, 2012 at 18 h

National Library of Serbia

On Book – Art Object 2 exhibition Mihael Giba will present his work Trust Me I Trust You.

Exhibition will remain opened until January 20, 2013.

Open Source Art @MSU Zagreb

OSA
(Open Source Art)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Muiseum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb
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Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb
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Project OSA deals with the use of new communication technology and media in the area of Art which is dealing, producing or publishing works by using open source tools and applications.
OSA is conducted through the presentation of contemporary new media art that uses tools based on the ideas of free cultural exchange.
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17:00
Artist Talk
Željko Blaće, Sandro Đukić, Darko Fritz, Mihael Giba, Deborah Hustić, Ana Hušman, Kruno Jošt, Maja Kalogera, Ivan Marušić Klif
Invited artists will present their work in a way to show various aspects of the use of open source tools; use, sharing, upgrading, publication etc
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Round table
Free software and Art
The interfusion of social and cultural activities in the fields of contemporary cultural context.
Problems of autorship, ownership and economy.
Moderator: Deborah Hustić
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19:00
Workshop
Introduction to Open Source tools and programs.

Sunny with a possibility of robbery

Project “Sunny with a possibility of robbery” began in 2010 as a response to television weather forecasts which predict health and emotional wellbeing of citizens in the coming days as bio-meteorological forecast.
For this project Giba created an application that collects data from the Zagreb police about crime in Zagreb. For each event the police announces time, location and type of event. Then Giba’s application, based on these data, collects the data from the National Meteorological Institute about the weather conditions at the time of the crime at the location of the execution. Based on weather forecasts and police statistics, the application predicts the probability of crime in neighborhoods in Zagreb.

Project presentation: Trust Me I Trust You, a dialogue between the state and its citizens.

Stairischer Herbst Festival
Truth Is Concrete Marathon Camp
26.9.2012. 18:00h
White box presentation space
Mihael Giba is one of the Sterischer Herbst Festival grant holders in the camp “Truth Is Concrete”. He
is going to present his project “Trust Me I Trust You” that was exhibitet in Ljubljana in march . Project
explores trust and dialog between politicians and the citizens. One of the works from “Trust Me I
Trust You” project is going to be exhibited from wednesday in Truth Is Concrete Camp as a part of
The Piracy Project.
More about the festival: http://www.steirischerherbst.at
More about the camp: http://www.truthisconcrete.org
More about The Piracy Project: http://www.andpublishing.org/projects/and-the-piracy-project/
More about author and the project: http://www.mihaelgiba.com

Data Status: Composition IV

Data Status: Composition IV is the second interactive animation in the series of interactive landscapes.
Data for this interactive landscape is drawn from the database with records of all meetings of the sixth composition of the Croatian Parliament. Landscape is generated regarding the data in that database.
Depending on the ammount of the discussion on the economy, science, ecology, health, sports and culture, software generates elements on the landscape. On this landscape culture is presented by stones, birds presents sport, hills – economy, mountains – science…
Every 30 seconds new landscape is generated.

Trust me I trust you | Gallery P74 Ljubljana

Mihael Giba: Trust me I trust you

9 – 28 March 2012
P74 Gallery, Trg Prekomorskih brigad 1 , Ljubljana

Project curator: Yasmin Martin Vodopivec

Mihael Giba is a Croatian intermedia artist, who is presenting the first solo exhibition of his work in Slovenia. His art focuses on the area of data visualization, and he has developed special computer software that serves as the basis for his installations. The common element in Giba’s projects is their mapping of both individual and global social phenomena.

The exhibition TRUST ME I TRUST YOU presents an installation of this same name, which is composed of a series of five artist books with the same formal character and elegance as the artist’s conceptual poetry. In this work, legal documents and international agreements signed by the Croatian government have been redesigned by Giba in his own artistic language so as to act as a transfer between viewers and the language of bureaucracy. Besides the books, the exhibition is rounded out by a projection that categorizes data from a session of parliament into such groupings as sports, culture, economics, etc., and presents them as images of a digital landscape.

The artist’s chosen mode of mapping derives from his desire to create a dialogue between the state and its citizens that is as direct as possible. Through the visualization of data, he moves from the concrete to the abstract only to return again to the concrete. Such movement Lev Manovich has described as the real challenge of data art, which, he says, “is not about how to map some abstract and impersonal data into something meaningful and beautiful” but rather “how to represent the personal subjective experience of a person living in a data society.”[1]

Mihael Giba (b. 1985, Varaždin) received his degree in painting from the Academy of Art at the University of Split, where he is currently employed as a senior assistant in electronic painting and digital photography. He is a member of the international art network Zebra, which founded the exhibition space Greta in Zagreb. He regularly exhibits his work in Croatia in both solo and group shows. In 2010, in collaboration with Dalibor Martinis, he presented his touring project Global Picture in Slovenia.

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[1] Lev Manovich, “Data Visualisation as New Abstraction and Anti-Sublime” (2002), available at www.manovich.net.

Trust me I trust you

Trust me I trust you is a project which was created in response to major corruption scandals that have affected a complete Croatian government and led to arrestments of now ex-prime minister and several high-positioned politicians and ministers. This work deals with the trust that citizens have given to politicians. The project consists of five art books – legal documents of the Croatian Government that I have transformed into an artistic language. These books are 5 different Treaties that Croatian government was refusing to publish. Through visualization I am questioning how the average citizen who does not understand the legal language is reading these documents – probably as hard as my documents. Through my visualization I raise the question of whether citizens should have the knowledge to control politicians or they should simply trust them.

Croatia-EU Accession Treaty
INA and MOL Shareholders Agreement
Croatian Privatization Fund and Orco Property Group S.A. – Suncani Hvar Shareholders Agreement
Croatia – Slovenia Arbitration Agreement
INA – MOL Gas Master Agreement

Data Status: Composition III

YEAR: 2011.
PROCESSING SOFTWARE / INTERNET / INTERACTIVE ANIMATION
/ DATABASE
This is the third composition in the series ‘Data Status’ in which Giba explores data visualization.
The work consists of computer software that processes data from the website of the Ministry of Interior Affairs (Crime in the city of Zagreb) and the web site of the National Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (information on the weather forecast of Zagreb) and generates a prediction of crime for the city of Zagreb. Visualization exists in the domain of augmented reality and interacts with the viewer by generating crime forecasts for the City of Zagreb based on collected data.

Ljubljana | Global Picture

GLOBAL PICTURE project with Dalibor Martinis  continues in Ljubljana,  Slovenia from 29.12.2010. – 17.1.2011.

More info on www.global-picture.org

Project GLOBAL PICTURE spreads the network of sensors in various cities in Europe in order to bring the present state of humanity to as many people as possible. The changes in that state is communicated to the public via 7 colors. In each city GLOBAL PICTURE inhabits local urban site which has already been established as a location of certain urban significance. The daily changes are dependent on a set of parameters taken from daily online reports on the global economy, stock markets, disasters, health, international relations/conflicts, civil rights, ecology and media. 7 states from bad to excellent are turned into the colors: from blue, turquoise, green, yellow, orange, and red to purple. Every 20 minutes a central software performs keyword-based search on the internet and after analysis of collected data via internet database delivers necessary information regarding current state of GLOBAL PICTURE to on-site software applications. Those software applications then using different LED hardware interfaces are displaying current color.

The project Global Picture-Sensor of Human Condition started in 3 cities in Croatia (in 2010. will include other cities in Europe), in Rijeka on December 8th 2009, as part of the international exhibition 3rd Quadrilateral Biennale.

LJUBLJANA: GLOBAL PICTURE

GLOBAL PICTURE project with Dalibor Martinis  continues in Ljubljana,  Slovenia from 29.12.2010. – 17.1.2011.

More info on www.global-picture.org

Project GLOBAL PICTURE spreads the network of sensors in various cities in Europe in order to bring the present state of humanity to as many people as possible. The changes in that state is communicated to the public via 7 colors. In each city GLOBAL PICTURE inhabits local urban site which has already been established as a location of certain urban significance. The daily changes are dependent on a set of parameters taken from daily online reports on the global economy, stock markets, disasters, health, international relations/conflicts, civil rights, ecology and media. 7 states from bad to excellent are turned into the colors: from blue, turquoise, green, yellow, orange, and red to purple. Every 20 minutes a central software performs keyword-based search on the internet and after analysis of collected data via internet database delivers necessary information regarding current state of GLOBAL PICTURE to on-site software applications. Those software applications then using different LED hardware interfaces are displaying current color.

The project Global Picture-Sensor of Human Condition started in 3 cities in Croatia (in 2010. will include other cities in Europe), in Rijeka on December 8th 2009, as part of the international exhibition 3rd Quadrilateral Biennale.

Data status: Composition II

Data status: Composition II is the title of the work that is currently on view in Gallery of Fine Arts in Split, Croatia. DSCII is custom software driven animation that visualizes news published in Croatian daily newspapers, collected on newspaper web portals. News are grouped in separate categories like sports, culture & arts, politic & economy, lifestyle & health and presented on visualization as parts of landscape – trees, birds, hills, clouds and flowers. Number of this landscape elements depends on number of news published. Visualization is refreshed every 20 seconds.
Live full-screen version of this animation can be viewed on this link.

Exhibition: Participation, not simulation

5.5.2010 / 20:00h / Former town-hall / Pjaca / Split

Openning of the exhibition Participation, not simulation. Participation, not simulation is the title of the exhibition that will present 37 artists, all of them employed as teaching stuff on Arts Academy in Split on Visual Arts department.

Data status: Composition I

Data Status: Composition I is the title of the work that through custom made software and Facebook application collects information about users on Facebook. Using an automated hardware system, user information that is collected with Facebook application is visualized on canvases, in real time, in front of the visitors of the exhibition. In this case the data that is visualized is the percentage of female and male friends of users on Facebook. Left side of canvases represents female friends and right side male friends. On the projection in other room, custom made software is downloading and showing data about current user but it doesn’t show what this data is about.  This photos are taken on the first day of exhibition and as exhibition will go on, there will be more data painted o canvases.
In order to actively participate in this project, log into your Facebook account and grant access to this applications on following link http://apps.facebook.com/fdnk_web/

Data Status: Composition I – technical description:

1. Facebook application

Every user on Facebook can add Fejssken application that is custom made for this project. This application is gathering data about user –  percentage of male and female friends, number of photo albums created by user, number of photos that user is tagged on, number of events…. Then this data is stored in xml file with unique user PIN, but without any data that can identify the user.

2. Processing

In exhibition space, visitors that have approved access to Fejssken application on Facebook can enter their unique user PIN generated by  Fejssken in application written in Processing that is running on computer on exhibition. If correct unique user PIN is entered, this application is connecting to web server and downloads xml file with data about this specific user.  When the data about user is loaded application is sending part of this data to Flash animation in xml form and another part over bluetooth connection to Arduino BT board.

3. Flash animation

This Flash animation is visualizing data received in xml document on projection on the wall in form of numbers and different color for different data.

4. Arduino

Arduino in this case, can receive data about percentage of female friends from this user that is painted on the left side of canvases, and percentage of male friends that is painted on the right side of painting. When arduino receives commands from Processing software over bluetooth connection, it executes programmed actions. This actions are starting two motors on each side of canvases that are moving paint roller on canvases. Motors can be activated in both directions, and depending on percentage of friends paint roller is moved on specific height in circular movement. For example, if some user haves 100% of female friends, paint roller, when is on the left side of canvases, will paint from bottom left to top center of canvases, if this percentage is 50% percent, then it will paint to half way to top.

When all actions are completed, paint roller is returned to starting position, and other user can enter code. It takes about 5 minutes to paint data for one user.

Zadar | Global Picture

Prioject Global Picture, Dalibor Martinis in collaboration with Mihael Giba

Project GLOBAL PICTURE spreads the network of sensors in various cities in Europe in order to bring the present state of humanity to as many people as possible. The changes in that state is communicated to the public via 7 colors. In each city GLOBAL PICTURE inhabits local urban site which has already been established as a location of certain urban significance. The daily changes are dependent on a set of parameters taken from daily online reports on the global economy, stock markets, disasters, health, international relations/conflicts, civil rights, ecology and media. 7 states from bad to excellent are turned into the colors: from blue, turquoise, green, yellow, orange, and red to purple. Every 20 minutes a central software performs keyword-based search on the internet and after analysis of collected data via internet database delivers necessary information regarding current state of GLOBAL PICTURE to on-site software applications. Those software applications then using different LED hardware interfaces are displaying current color.

ZADAR
A corresponding ever-changing color appears on the round screen of the Sun, an urban site with a big LED monitor built into the pavement in the port of Zadar (project by architect Niko Bašić).

Project GLOBAL PICTURE spreads the network of sensors in various cities
in Europe in order to bring the present state of humanity to as many
people as possible. The changes in that state is communicated to the
public via 7 colors. In each city GLOBAL PICTURE inhabits local urban
site which has already been established as a location of certain urban
significance. The daily changes are dependent on a set of parameters
taken from daily online reports on the global economy, stock markets,
disasters, health, international relations/conflicts, civil rights,
ecology and media. 7 states from bad to excellent are turned into the
colors: from blue, turquoise, green, yellow, orange, and red to purple.
Every 20 minutes a central software performs keyword-based search on
the internet and after analysis of collected data via internet database
delivers necessary information regarding current state of GLOBAL
PICTURE to on-site software applications. Those software applications
then using different LED hardware interfaces are displaying current
color.

05.03.2010 | ZADAR | POZDRAV SUNCU | GLOBAL PICTURE

GLOBAL PICTURE |  RIJEKA/ZAGREB/ZADAR | DALIBOR MARTINIS & MIHAEL GIBA | POZDRAV SUNCU | FRIDAY, 5. 3. 2010. |  19:00 h

Opening of the project Global picture in Zadar.

GLOBAL PICTURE – Sensor of Human Condition

German political theorist Hannah Arendt used the term “human condition” to describe the joy, terror, humor and other emotions associated with being and existence. Let’s suppose there is a way to measure the human condition and to “paint” its global picture. Would the continuous presence of such a picture influence people to act differently, to feel more compassion for their fellow humans, to care more about their well-being?

Project GLOBAL PICTURE spreads the network of sensors in various cities in Europe in order to bring the present state of humanity to as many people as possible. The changes in that state is communicated to the public via 7 colors. In each city GLOBAL PICTURE inhabits local urban site which has already been established as a location of certain urban significance. The daily changes are dependent on a set of parameters taken from daily online reports on the global economy, stock markets, disasters, health, international relations/conflicts, civil rights, ecology and media. 7 states from bad to excellent are turned into the colors: from blue, turquoise, green, yellow, orange, and red to purple. Every 20 minutes a central software performs keyword-based search on the internet and after analysis of collected data via internet database delivers necessary information regarding current state of GLOBAL PICTURE to on-site software applications. Those software applications then using different LED hardware interfaces are displaying current color.

The project Global Picture-Sensor of Human Condition started in 3 cities in Croatia (in 2010. will include other cities in Europe), in Rijeka on December 8th 2009, as part of the international exhibition 3rd Quadrilateral Biennale.

RIJEKA
An existent large globe-shaped object on the roof of a building in Rijeka harbor representing the logo of the Transadria company, serves as an object for visualizations of changes in the global picture of humanity. The globe is lit (by color LED scanners) in a certain color which changes constantly.
ZADAR
A corresponding ever-changing color appears on the round screen of the Sun, an urban site with a big LED monitor built into the pavement in the port of Zadar (project by architect Niko Bašić).
ZAGREB
Pavilion/09 built by Studio Njirić+architects as a temporary urban site was lit up in a corresponding ever-changing color. The image of the 3 simultaneous sites were projected on 3 video projection screens in the pavilion.

Dalibor Martinis & Mihael Giba, 2009/2010.

Exhibition in Salon Galić

I am happy to announce the opening of the solo exhibition in Salon Galić in Split on 16/03/2010 at 19h.  Please do come along if you are around. Exhibition stays open until 30/03/2010.

Looking forward seeing you at the premises. For the ones who are not able to visit the show please visit www.mihaelgiba.com.

First things firts, if you want to actively contribute to this exhibition login to Facebook and approve application access for Fejssken application over this link:  http://apps.facebook.com/fdnk_web/

More info next week.

T-HTnagrada@MSU.hr

Opening of the exhibition of the T-HTnagrada@MSU.hr contest.
26.2.2010. at 19:00h
Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb.

T-HTnagrada@MSU.hr is joint project, the annual award for the prestigious works of the Croatian contemporary art. The competition is organised for the third time, and the awarded works of the competition will make a base of the T-HT Collection that will be exhibited in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb.

On this exhibition Giba is participating with his work “How are you today?”.

How are you today? (KSD ?4.0)“ Is the final extension of work “How are you today?”.
This work consists from canvases, automated hardware system and “How are you today?” software. Every 20 minutes, software driven hardware system is connecting to internet and collects and analyse data. After the data is being processed it is sent to automatic robot system in form of percentage of good and bad news, and regarding to amount of percentage, robot is painting a line onto canvas (e.g. for 30% of positive news, hardware is painting a line 30 cm long.)
After the canvas is being fully covered with painted lines it is replaced with new canvas.
This work is created with Processing software and Arduino Pro Board.
On exhibition in Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, software “How are you today?” was purposely slow down from every 20 minutes of reaction to every 60 minutes because of the length of the exhibition and limited number of canvases.

Zagreb | Global Picture

Project Global Picture, Dalibor Martinis in collaboration with Mihael Giba

Project GLOBAL PICTURE spreads the network of sensors in various cities in Europe in order to bring the present state of humanity to as many people as possible. The changes in that state is communicated to the public via 7 colors. In each city GLOBAL PICTURE inhabits

local urban site which has already been established as a location of certain urban significance. The daily changes are dependent on a set of parameters taken from daily online reports on the global economy, stock markets, disasters, health, international relations/conflicts, civil rights, ecology and media. 7 states from bad to excellent are turned into the colors: from blue, turquoise, green, yellow, orange, and red to purple. Every 20 minutes a central software performs keyword-based search on the internet and after analysis of collected data via internet database delivers necessary information regarding current state of GLOBAL PICTURE to on-site software applications. Those software applications then using different LED hardware interfaces are displaying current color.

Zagreb:

7.12.2009. Njirić+ architects pavilion

Ban Josip Jelačić square, next to the “Gradska Kavana” building

Rijeka | Global picture

With site specific installation artist Dalibor Martinis in collaboration with Mihael Giba and Ivan Marusic Klif, will illuminate the iron globe on the top of the Transadrija building in Rijeka haurbor.

Work Global picture is relying on the daily reports from the global economy, stock exchanges, disasters, health, international relations and conflicts, civil liberties, environmental protection and the media, which are  providing data to measure the current state of humanity, and depending on those reports software is changing color of the iron globe on the top of the building.

Using similar sensors and software, Global picture will be launched simultaneously in Zagreb and Zadar.

Zagreb:

7.12.2009. Njirić+ architects pavilion

Ban Josip Jelačić square, next to the “Gradska Kavana” building

Rijeka:

8.12.2009.  Biennale Quadrillateral 3

Transadrija Building in Rijeka Haurbor.

Zadar:

8.12.2009. Riva, on the LED urban installation “Pozdrav suncu”

How are you today? 4.0


How are you today? (KSD ?4.0)“ Is the final extension of work “How are you today?”.
This work consists from canvases, automated hardware system and “How are you today?” software. Every 20 minutes, software driven hardware system is connecting to internet and collects and analyse data. After the data is being processed it is sent to automatic robot system in form of percentage of good and bad news, and regarding to amount of percentage, robot is painting a line onto canvas (e.g. for 30% of positive news, hardware is painting a line 30 cm long.)
After the canvas is being fully covered with painted lines it is replaced with new canvas.

This work is created with Processing software and Arduino Pro Board.
On exhibition in Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, software “How are you today?” was purposely slow down from every 20 minutes of reaction to every 60 minutes because of the length of the exhibition (photo on left ).

How are you today?

AUTHOR: MIHAEL GIBA

YEAR: 2009

PROCESSING SOFTWARE / FLASH ANIMATION / XML DATABASE /

Work, “How are you today?” Visualizes data collected with a web search engine Google.
I have designed software that collects information from top seven Croatian web news portals and visualizes current day status – positive or negative day.
Data that software is collecting presents search results for 10 negative and 10 positive keywords (e.g. death, murder, love, happiness …) on top seven Croatian news portals. Data that software has collected is used as ratio (e.g. 30% negative news and 70% positive news) and stored in database of days.
Day status is represented with ratio of red and green color – most common colors in statistical graphs. Data is represented on two flat screen monitors – first and bigger one is showing current day visualization, and smaller one is showing in loop number of days I define in the past.
Idea came from mass media power to design reality.
“How are you today?” Is a gadget for people who are easyly influenced with media and have lost their own critical thinking and accept all that is served in newspapers and TV. This work stereotypes society and provokes it to confront the influences and to criticize and question those influences, particularly from mass media.
Since the day that work is in function (12.1.2009) it is continuously storing data in the day database. From the collected data I generate computer renderings of a certain number of days and then I transfer those visualizations in the form of pictures / painting installation and present them with the “How are you today?” software.

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12 x OIL ON CANVAS (CANVAS SIZE 40X25 CM) ON FLOOR• VIDEO 60 SEC • 2008
Canvases are arranged on the floor of the exhibition space by virtual simulation in 3D space. Computer assigned
to canvases visual composition based on their position inside space.
Visual content that is assigned to canvases is consisting from few hundreds of files left in computer memory after
internet surfing (temporary internet files). Because of huge amount of data – composition is abstract.
Process of positioning of canvases and assigning compositions to those canvases is completely run by computer, and after that I only reproduce those canvases with compositions in tangible reality in a form of painting installation.
When visitor enters exhibition space, he receives on his cell phone a short video of creation process over Bluetooth connection.

Information

INFORMATION

AUTHOR: MIHAEL GIBA

YEAR: 2007.

– 2008.

2008. / oil on 3 canvases / 700 x 300 x 100 cm.

2008. /oil on 21 canvases / 1600 x 300 x 100 cm.

In my work I have combined space, digital technologies and information, and the end product is a picture. Image at first glance looks like an abstract composition located within the space, but works from viewers require more than casual view or pure visual pleasure – “Information “requires thinking and understanding (and acceptance) of all the opportunities that artists have today.Given that technology affects peoples’ lives and changes them on everyday basis,through my work I study influence of technology on the arts, the possibility of technology in art, as well as its boundaries. Interference of digital technology in the process of creation of work in traditional technique such as painting there comes to depersonalization of me as an artist. Literally
I let machine take over the creative process during the formation of composition.
Works are formed in an interaction with the architecture.Based on the assumption that the architecture is in some way illusionistic shaping of reality, then we have in those spaces, an opportunity to recreate our own reality.The work is placed in dialogue with the space and the information in it. I use the information of space and with the simulations in digital reality stop that information on canvases. At first glance it seems that it is a pure abstract composition without reference to the appearance world. To the eye of the observer, it is difficult to read any of the starting points in figuration. However the starting points of work are in figuration – vast amount of visual information (pictures,texts …) that every day consciously or less consciously entered into the memory of artist and computer.The process of creation of work completely takes place in virtual reality, so until the end product (picture) there is no physical evidence of the process. Equally the life of today’s modern man takes place within the real and the virtual world (my space, Facebook, e-mail …) and also my work – in the process of creation exist in virtual reality, and later it is presented in a physical form in palpable reality.

Process begins by collecting information only in digital format – photos, texts, web pages … This information is placed in a 3D space, where information is circling through 3d model of architectural space. Canvases are through the simulation automatically placed in the space, and when they take the position the computer automatically assigns them “information” in the form of art composition made up of previously collected information / documents.
Collected documents / information is mixed-up by computer and incorporated in the virtual space. Because of huge quantity of documents / information, the composition becomes abstract.
Work is presented as a painting installation in space, i.e. physical replica of virtual compositions.

PORTRAIT


YEAR: 2005.
TECHNIUQUE: ACRYLIC ON PLASTERBOARDS
SIZE: 60X60 CM
This series of paintings on plasterboard called “PORTRAIT” consists of pictures that were painted with white paint on a white background, and only visible in these images are reliefs that are incurred when applying the paint. Reliefs that can be seen are embossed numbers – codes, which represent the personal identification numbers of a person and make the person bureaucratically recognizable.
Codes were drawn from Croatia’s bureaucratic system and it is important that those are the codes that all Croatian citizens have from their birth until death. Some of the codes are: national identification number, the number of health insurance, passport number, national identification number of academic citizen, etc. Paintings also consist of changing codes, but codes that can be tracked in a bureaucratic system: numbers of bank accounts, student identification number, credit card number, membership card numbers, etc.
As the main difference from classical portrait painting in which the physical appearance of a person, which remains identical through the year, regardless of changes in life of portrayed person, these portraits change with changes in life portraits of people. Of course those changes are not the physical changes on the picture,
but the codes that are contained in the portrait give us the possibility of checking the current portrait/physical appearance of that person.