All Event Events Presentation 07:00 PM at 07:00 PM
Pierottijeva 11, Zagreb


HERE, at ART 836 / G Gallery

Opening 22nd March, 2016 at 9pm

Exhibition will be on till 8th April, 2016, Tuesday to Saturday, from 6 pm to 10 pm.

London-based artists Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead originally conceived Here in 2011 as a virtual image for The Mini Museum of XXI Century Arts, an online digital media platform. The concept was to mark the distance of the work from itself along a North/South axis. The physical sculpture, fabricated to UK road standards two years later, marks the 24,859 mile distance around the earth and back (i.e. the longitudinal diameter of Earth). The current placement of this sculpture is particularly relevant in its current location on the Greenwich Meridian, which is located at 0 degrees.

‘Here’ was first made into this open edition digital photographic artwork for THE MINI MUSEUM OF XXI CENTURY ARTS in March 2011: a traveling musuem/digital media display originated by Italian curator Domenico Quaranta. This version of the work, developed by the artists, is a digital jpeg image file intended solely for display on screen.

About artists:

Jon Thomson (b. London) and Alison Craighead (b. Aberdeen) are fascinated how globalisation and networked global communications have been re-shaping the way we all perceive and understand the world around us. They live and work in London and Kingussie in the highlands of Scotland making artworks and installations for galleries, museums and site-specific locations that include the worldwide web.

Recent exhibitions include: The Line Sculpture trail, London; Carroll/Fletcher Gallery, London; Zentrum Kunst Media, Karlsruhe; Haus der Kunst, Munich; BFI Southbank, London; Berkeley Art Museum, California; Artists Space, New York; Tang Contemporary, Beijing and Moderna Museet, Stockholm. Jon is Reader in Fine Art at The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, while Alison is Reader in contemporary art and visual culture at University of Westminster and lectures in fine art at Goldsmiths University, London.

Curated by Maja Kalogera

All Events 08:00 PM at 08:00 PM
Art 836/G, Medika, Zagreb


Fridge Gallery Art 836 / G is presenting ‘Dead Drops’ installation. ‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. USB flash drives are embedded into walls, buildings and curbs accessible to anybody in public space. Everyone is invited to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your favorite files and data. Each dead drop is installed empty except a readme.txt file explaining the project. ‘Dead Drops’ is open to participation. If you want to install a dead drop in your city/neighborhood follow the ‘how to’ instructions and submit the location and pictures.

Aram Bartholl is a Berlin based media artist who started the ‘Dead Drops’ project during his stay in NYC at EYEBEAM as artist in residence, October 2010. Dead Drops was part of the show “Talk to Me” at the MoMA July-Nov 2011.

Artwork will be displayed till Jan 12, 2016. After that, it moves into the walls of AKC Medika.

All Events 06:00 PM at 06:00 PM
CSDVA, Vlaska, Zagreb

Originated in Brussels, The Open Green project blends organic and technological matter into one and the same nature. Through analogue and digital means OG project do long term observations on the growth, blossoming and decay of plants and insects submitted to natural elements such as wind, sun, rain and pollution in an urban context. OG project monitors and extracts data from natural processes both on a micro garden level as on a macro city level and make the data available online in real time with open wireless city networks.

Annemie Maes from OKNO was Upgrade!Zagreb guest presenter in 2011 for the first time. On this second occasion, she will visit our AC Garden Zagreb project and gave us her valuable expertise. Collaboration is established upon our future mutual project between Opengreens and ACG, planned for 2016.

All Event Events Exhibition International Presentation 07:00 PM at 07:00 PM
Pierottijeva 11, Zagreb

Series of net artworks from Rhizome database presented at Hacklab01
~image from Soon-Yoon Jung’s work~

The Element

Looking for a place
where we might turn off
the inner dialogue,
the monologue of futures & regrets,
of past not past enough
& futures that may never come
to pass

– Erica Jong

Reginald Brooks, Marco Cadioli, Michael Demers, Soon-Yoon Jung


Black Spring

One must act as if the next
step were the last, which it is.
Each step forward is the last, and
with it a world dies, oneself included.
We are here of the earth never to end,
the past never ceasing, the future never
beginning, the present never ending.

– Henry Miller

Michael Atavar, Lucas Kuzma, Tom R Chambers, jimpunk


All Events 07:00 PM at 07:00 PM
UR Institute, Medjimurska 19, Zagreb

Screen Shot 2015-05-05 at 3.50.31 PM Shu Lea Cheang’s presentation of her latest projects, 5th June 2015, 7 pm, at UR Institute, Medjimurska 19, Zagreb

Shu Lea Cheang  is a multimedia artist who works in the fields of net-based installations, social interface and film production. Over the past decade, she has emerged as a prominent figure in new media art.
Cheang is one of the leading multimedia artists dealing with multidisciplinary studies. Her work is unique in allowing viewer interaction. She is most noted for her individual approach in the realm of art and technology, creatively intermingling social issues with artistic methods.
Cheang’s art ranges in mediums such as film, video, net-based installation, and interface, which explore ethnic stereotyping, the nature and excesses of popular media, institutional – and especially governmental – power, race relations, and sexual politics.  
Most recently, she has moved to 35mm feature filmmaking. She has been a member of the Paper Tiger Television  collective since 1981. Though originally based in New York, Cheang is currently living and working in Paris, France.

At Upgrade!Zagreb gathering she will present her latest food-related projects. Afterwards we will have Seeds Underground Party. You are welcome!  

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All Event Events Presentation 12:00 PM at 12:00 PM
Pierottijeva 11, Zagreb



15.11.2014 at Hacklab01, Pierottijeva11, Zagreb

Upgrade! Zagreb will present the project Anticancer garden. Anticancer garden is an interdisciplinary pilot project, which rests on three existing project. The first project is the work of Professor. Zeljko Sobotka, the founder of the Natural History Society herb, another project is an online database of doctor from India, Anusha Bhaskar, Cancer Plants Database, while the third project of deceased professor of new media Beatriz da Costa and its associates, Anti-Cancer Survival Kit . Visitors will be introduced to  the  project, and on this occasion to flick through the base of plants and become familiar with their medicinal properties that help us heal, detoxify and restore balance in the body.   Upgrade!Zagreb će prezentirati projekt Anti-kancerogeni vrt Antikancerogeni vrt je interdisciplinarni pilot projekt, koji se u nekoliko crta naslanja na tri već postojeća projekta. Prvi projekt je rad prof. Željka Sobotke, osnivača Prirodoslovnog društva Ljekovita biljka, drugi projekt je online databaza doktorice iz Indije, Anushe Bhaskar, Cancer Plants Databasem, dok je treći projekt Anti-cancer Survival Kit preminule profesorice novih medija Beatriz da Costa i njenih suradnika, Anti-cancer Survival Kit. Posjetitelji će biti upoznati sa detaljima projekta, te tom prilikom prolistati kroz bazu biljaka i upoznati se s njihovim ljekovitim svojstvima koji nam pomažu pri iscjeljenju, detoksikaciji i vraćanju ravnoteže u tijelo.

All Event Events Presentation 07:00 PM at 07:00 PM
Pierottijeva ulica 11, Zagreb

IMG_8848 12.11.2014 at 7 pm, HACKLAB01, AKC Medika, Pierottijeva 11, Zagreb Martina Mezak will have informal presentation of her artistic work, with special presentation of installation Urania, which was exhibited this year atj Ars Electronicia inLinz, . Martina Mezak ce odrzati neformalnu prezentaciju svog umjetnickog rada, s naglaskom na instalaciju Urania, koja je bila izlozena na ovogodinjoj Ars Electronici u Linzu, .

All Event Events Workshop 02:00 AM at 02:00 AM
Pierottijeva 11, Zagreb

drondron   Second workshop filming with drone will be held on Monday and Tuesday, 10th and 11th Nov 2014, with start at 2 pm. Starting location is outdoor playground of V highschool, Klaiceva. Applications at wowm at wowm dot org. Druga po redu radionica-snimalica u sklopu Upgrade!Zagreb odrzat ce se u ponedjeljak i utorak, 10. i 11. studenog 2014, s pocetkom u 14 sati. Pocetna lokacija, tj. mjesto okupljanja u ponedjeljak je srednjoskolsko igraliste Pete gimnazije. Prijave na upgrade at wowm dot org.

Event Presentation Upcoming events Workshop


19.8.2014 at 7 pm, HACKLAB01, AKC Medika, Pierottijeva 11, Zagreb

Presentation of the world smallest supercomputer / My name is Ivan and I build supercomputers in my spare time

Join us at Hacklab 01 for an interesting Upgrade!Zagreb gathering. We will present Parallella board and play a bit with it. Presenters will be Vedran Gligo and Ivan Krpan.

The Parallella platform is an open source, energy efficient, high performance, credit-card sized computer based on the Epiphany multicore chips developed by Adapteva. This affordable platform is designed for developing and implementing high performance, parallel processing applications developed to take advantage of the on-board Epiphany chip. The Epiphany 16 or 64 core chips consists of a scalable array of simple RISC processors programmable in C/C++ connected together with a fast on chip network within a single shared memory architecture.

The 66-core version of the Parallella computer delivers over 90 GFLOPS on a board the size of a credit card while consuming only 5 Watts under typical work loads. For certain applications, this would provide more raw performance than a high end server costing thousands of dollars and consuming 400W.

When Adapteva launched “$99 Parallella project” on  Kickstarter in 2012, the goal was to “democratize access to supercomputing”. With a $99 price point, they knew that they would not make a profit, but they figured the value of reaching the whole world with our technology was enough of a reward for Adapteva as a company. With over 8,500 boards shipped to 75 countries (and over 150 Universities), that is for certain a great start!

During presentation, we will show how to mount OS and few interesting applications for Parallella. Free entrance!

All Events 02:00 PM at 02:00 PM
Savska 18, Zagreb

First presentation of the project ACGarden Zagreb will be on 21st and 22nd May, 2014, at Technical Museum, Savska 18, Zagreb.
More (Croatian only):


knitter1first phase


16. July 2013, 7pm at HACKLAB01,

Pierottijeva 11, Zagreb:

hacking, coding, showing, talking, experimenting,
listening, trying, jamming, fun,…

All Events 07:00 PM at 07:00 PM
Booksa, Martićeva 14d, Zagreb

Alexandra Reill – Presentation of the book written entirely on FB platform:

7th june 2013 at 7 pm at Booksa book club, Martićeva 14d, Zagreb

“WB: quoting Walter Benjamin”

A print compilation and real-time performance reflecting the contemporary relevance of the media theorist and philosopher Walter Benjamin. 
The structure of facebook as a social networking tool and magazine with decentralized notes, essays and media publications, in a mixture of private and public statements coming from all kinds of content fields, enhanced the concept of short daily updating and interactive communication to collectively create an associative publication on life and oeuvre of Walter Benjamin.
 The book serves as the central requisite of the audiovisual real-time performance. People raise their voice as well as media stations, and there is an interplay between media and human voices. In a mixture of reading, discussion and interactive performance correlations between relevant factors and opportunities for development of democracy in the context of the 
information age, globalization, Capitalism and Marxism are reflected together – on the basis of the work of Walter Benjamin. Wo/man learns options and limits of self-determination, options and limits of scopes of action. Technology serves wo/man, and only a framework, only a context is given, in which each moment is designed differently – a moment which Walter
 Benjamin described as the Angelus Novus: the space where past and future coincide and where not ideas shape presence but where presence emerges.

More info on:

In the years 2010-2012, Alexandra Reill developed a trilogy of interactive media enactmens reflecting the contemporary relevance of life and oeuvre of Walter Benjamin, Hans Richter and Bertolt Brecht in an information age digitizing itself in manifold ways and at the same time struggling with turbulent economic difficulties. Besides Tribute to WB, Alexandra Reill will present also two more pieces from her interactive trilogy: Tribute to Hans Richter and Blessed Simonida.

Alexandra Reill, born in Vienna, is a conceptual and media artist and works as a filmmaker in documentary film; she invests her work with socio-cultural themes, examining the societal and sociological repercussions of digitalization and the information age for human identities. Her experimental visual worlds and live compositions as much as her performances are often participative and characterized by rhythmic and cineastic dramaturgies and the conscious employment of associative formal language, combining interactive technologies and participative communicational approaches in off- and online

Selection of projects:

2008 / 2012 / 2013 – Nelkengasse: a documentary film and portrait of Heinz
Moldau who was forced to flee with his family from Nelkengasse in Vienna in 1938.

2012 – Tribute to Hans Richter: interactive real-time media performance
honouring life and work of one of the first filmmakers.

2012 Blessed Simonida from the Brilliant Grounds: interactive real-time performance, following Brecht’s Saint Joan of the Stockyards.

2009-2010 / 2011 – #WB: quoting Walter Benjamin: publication and participative media performance reflecting the relevance of the media theorist and philosopher Walter Benjamin today.

2008 / 2009 / 2010 – Would We Say No?: communication project in the streets of Vienna reflecting attitudes toward work in fascist times and today.

2008 Home Sweet Home: documentary film on [auto]biographic tracking of fascist traces in four post-war generations of a “majority society” in Vienna.

2006-2008 – Art Following the Trend? Artists′ Voices: interviews, publication and a study on the functions of artists in society.

2004 – founding of THARA, first competence center for Roma and
Sinti in Vienna. Several experimental short films and interactive installations on time and space.

2001 – S.P.I.N.Y., an interactive feature film on CD, first production of this kind funded by MEDIA in Austria.

2000-2003 – save / safe: post-wiki and publication on borderlining as a
symptom of contemporary conditioning, Deserts & Backbones: documentary film on religion and free will.

1985-1995 set and costume design for stage and film.

All Events Presentation 08:00 PM at 08:00 PM
MaMa, Preradoviceva 18, Zagreb

Presentation / net club mama, Preradovićeva 18
16. May, 20013, at 8 pm.

In the spaces of net club mama, Croatian artist I.M.Klif,
will have informal presentation of his work and his
newest innovative and sublimely beautiful installations.

You are invited to join us there!

I.M. Klif is one of the most recognisable and most interesting names of the Croatian new media art scene. His continuous artistic work on the “borders of genres”, his questioning of possibilities offered by media, as well as his open approach ensured him a prominent place in contemporary visual arts. He has been dealing for many years now with explorations of the relationships between sound and image and their manipulation.

All Events 11:57 AM at 11:57 AM
Pierottijeva 11, Zagreb, Croatia

This year again Upgrade! Zagreb in cooperation with Hacklab01 maintains the traditional Xmass Recycling Party: a little learning and a lot of goodwill and fun! If you do not know what to give to your loved ones for Christmas, come and create an original item of pvc bags, scrap metal and wood. The workshop will be held by Hacklab01 members, with the online radio broadcast as sound background. There will be video presentation of the most successful eco DIY projects in 2012, selected by the med-i-kids curators. After that, surprise concert. Join us, free entry! To apply for the workshop, e-mail to: medikids at wowm dot org. See you there!

All Events 09:55 AM at 09:55 AM
Pierottijeva 11, Zagreb, Croatia

Step into a world where you can experience 36 unique performances from around the world, all from the comfort of our homey lab. Hacklab01 is this year again joining places around the world which are streaming the event in real time. Our stream will start on Dec 12 at 6.30 pm. Join us!

More than 100 artists have produced works for the 121212 Upstage Festival of Cyberformance – an international festival of innovative live online performance from 5-12 December. The schedule for the festival performances which we will stream is here:

The annual festival, now in its sixth year, is organised by artists Vicki Smith and Helen Varley Jamieson, with a team of dedicated volunteers in New Zealand and around the world-online meetings of the team cross multiple timezones and languages.

Complete schedule can be found here:

All Events Presentation 09:01 AM at 09:01 AM
Pierottijeva 11, Zagreb, Croatia

Deborah Hustic aka body pixel – artist, blogger, web dreamer working with high tech and low tech. Runs a solo project Body Pixel Studio for wearables, DIY and hacking toys, and for curating, workshops, lectures, production – Textil{e}

From June, 2011 Programme Coordinator / Organizer for the newly established Media lab I’MM_ in Zagreb.

Graduated Comparative Literature and Ethnology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science – University Zagreb. Trained in graphic design; workshops in the fields of photography, dance, computer arts, semantic web, podcasts, textile arts, dance criticism, wearable technology, new media performance, Arduino, electronics, biohacking, etc.

Hooked up to interactive performance and motion, wearable technology and the usage of new media art in performative context, DIY and free culture movement.

Participated as a workshop lecturer (covering topics of blogging and networking tools for artists and cultural professionals) on few festivals & conferences. Did some web consultancy for social media related topics within art & cultural sector. Makes a living by working as an editor on  a portal for  arts and culture since 2005. Lives and works in Zagreb (Croatia).

Body Pixel has been selected for the final presentation (15 projects) in the category Creativity and Social Media, among 600 competitors, 1000 entries at the largest technology event in the world in the areas of Innovation, Creativity, Science and Digital Entertainment – the Campus Party 2011 in Granada, Spain.

All Events 03:15 PM at 03:15 PM
Pierottijeva 11, Zagreb, Croatia

Bitcoin is a decentralized digital currency created by the pseudonymous entity Satoshi Nakamoto. It is subdivided into 100-million smaller units called satoshis. It is the most widely used alternative currency,with the total money supply valued at over 100 million US dollars.

Bitcoin has no central issuer; instead, the peer-to-peer network regulates Bitcoins’ balances, transactions and issuance according to consensus in network software. Bitcoins are issued to various nodes that verify transactions through computing power; it is established that there will be a limited and scheduled release of no more than 21 million coins, which will be fully issued by the year 2140.
Bitcoin is administered through a decentralized peer-to-peer network. Cryptographic technologies and the peer-to-peer network of computing power enables users to make and verify irreversible, instant online Bitcoin payments, without an obligation to trust and use centralized banking institutions and authorities. Dispute resolution services are not made directly available. Instead it is left to the users to verify and trust the parties they are sending money to through their choice of methods. Internationally, Bitcoins can be exchanged and managed through various websites and software along with physical banknotes and coins.

How to be a part of an alternative independent financial network, how to be an international bank with the help of graphic card, how to make some money, and how to change the world? All that you can find out at the Vjekoslav’s lecture about crypto currency and Bitcoin technology.

Vjekoslav Radišić –  Born in 1978. Lives and works in Beli Manastir. Activist, entrepreneur and dog owner.
Besides participating in different citizens initiatives, he researches new technologies which are empowering human freedom, as are crypto-currencies and DIY 3d printing. He also practicises and believes in learning through coaching.

Events International Presentation Workshop 12:05 PM at 12:05 PM
Savska cesta 25 & Pierottijeva 11, Zagreb, Croatia

Presentation / Hacklab01, AKC Medika
19. April, 20012, at 8 pm

In the spaces of Hacklab01, German artist Ralf Schreiber,
will have informal presentation of his work and his
self-made sound devices and mini robots.
Feel free to join us there!

Ralf Schreiber works with minimal electronic circuits, solar-panels, motors and little speakers. His experimental and playful works generate soft sounds and tiny movements. At the centre of his work there is long time project Living Particles, autonomous audio-kinetic installations in always new constellations of solar powered, inter-acting mini-robot modules. He finished his Master’s studies at the Münster College of Art and pursued postgraduate studies at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. He has exhibited in several galleries and international media arts festivals.


Workshop / I_MM lab, SC
20.-22. April, 2012

“Electronic creatures”
(self-willed, autonomous and analog electronic)

People are used to vitalize the world around them and put the
attributes of human beings into technical artifacts. It is fascinating
to watch or even “communicate” with “life like” machines. The simplest
way to create and build “life like” machines or robots is by the use
of analogue oscillator circuits. Oscillations can be fed-back and as
result simple interactions happen and the behaviour of simple neuronal
networks can be simulated. In this workshop the participants can build
various simple “life like” machine, which will generate small
movements or tiny and various sound patterns, that allude to birds or
insect sounds. Furthermore the participants become familiar with the
special aesthetic of minimal powered high sensitive electronic

day 1 / friday April 20th
17h – 20 h
introduction basic electronic + technics, diy- resistors ,-
capacitors ,-boards
oscillator circuits, feedback systems, simple unstable synthesizer,
-> simple singing solar robot

day 2 / Saturday April 21st
12h – 18h
introduction autonomous machines, experiments with oscillator circuits
(simple movement and rhythm)
-> simple autonomous solar robot

day 3 / Sunday April 22nd
13h – 19h
micro-core pattern generator circuit, chaotic rhythm/beat machines,
“walking mechanics”
-> complex walking robot


All posts for the workshop are curently filled.


Final presentation of the outcomes from workshop in the form of the
sound and visual performance will be on Sunday 22nd, April 2012,
8 pm, at MM, SC, Savska 25.
Entry – free.

All Events International Podcast Upcoming events 06:51 PM at 06:51 PM
Pierottijeva 11, Zagreb, Croatia

On November 11, 2011, Hacklab01 in Zagreb is joining Real Life locations which are participating in the 11:11:11!

11:11:11 = 5 time zones, 12 shows, 24 hours, 34 artists!

From 11am on 11/11/11 New Zealand time until 11pm on 11/11/11 European time, an exciting selection of cyberformance will be presented at the 11:11:11 UpStage Festival. Anyone with a standard internet connection and browser can attend with just one click.

11:11:11 Performances

Cyberian Chalk Circle: Christina Papagiannouli – Director (London, UK) Evi Stamatiou – Performer (London, UK)
Edward King: Marlena Corcoran (Munich/Venice) with Marischka Klinkhamer (Amsterdam), Vicki Smith (Aotearoa/New Zealand) and Ben Unterman (Vancouver)
Flat Earth: Petyr Veenstra and Floris Sirag (the Netherlands)
Magfalda meets the world in pieces: Gabriella Sacco (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Valentina Tibaldi (Torino, Italy)
make-shift: an audience with Dave: Paula Crutchlow (UK) & Helen Varley Jamieson (NZ/Germany)
Property & Theft: Olivia Furber, Harry Giles, et al (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Goldie Kea and the 3 Sheep: students from Te Tai Poutini, (Aotearoa/NZ)
Humpty with a twist: students from Te Tai Poutini, (Aotearoa/NZ)
String Games: Vicki Smith, Hannah, Ellen and Joanne (Aotearoa/NZ)
Where are the clouds?: Katarina DJ. Urosevic (Serbia), Francesco Buonaiuto (Italy) and The Levi@hans
Is This On?: Inge Hoonte & Birgit Bachler (the Netherlands)


All Events 11:56 AM at 11:56 AM
Preradovićeva 18, Zagreb, Croatia

DJs / VJs / WJs

WJ-S is a software and a flexible public device for web performances allowing WJs (webjays, artists, curators, web addicts, web mutants…) to play live with online text,  sound and visual… WJs take  the  control  of  a multiscreens  environment  and  surf at distance in  different browser  windows simultaneously.  WJ-S  is  a  visible  and  collective  experience  of  the  surf.  WJ-S  is  an  immersive experience in the flux.

Following the steps of DJs and VJs, WJs (weejays, webjays, webjockeys …) directly draw their sources from the Web and mix the network flow in real time. The WJ-S/essions are organized indoors or outdoors in a public space, in front of an audience..

Taking out the network from the web

As it is often related to a solitary adventure led in a very intimate relationship with one’s machine, the virtual experience is seldom extended to another dimension of time-space. Projects involving network actors mostly take place in closed circles, within the network, and hardly ever outside, within a live performance environment.

The idea of the WJ-S project is to disrupt this tendency by offering a public surf where the feeling of being immerged in the flow and the pleasure of browsing are shifted to a live performance environment. Individual and collaborative online productions (in different geographical sites) become collective events (to which an audience is invited).

The web as a medium / the web a giant hard disk

WJ-s/essions make it possible to handle online contents (texts, sound, video, animations…) coming directly from the web, this giant hard disk.

The widened, shared and liberated opening of context creates a sensitive and lively situation that allows the full potential of scenography, writing, forms, combinations and practices to arise and flourish.  The contexts generated in this way develop mobile dynamic display and hybridization.

The multiscreens projection system is a reduced model of the internet, a metaphor of its codes and of the way information flows and appears on the network.

Different WJ-S productions

The WJ-S productions can take many forms : performances, demos, presentations of projects, , parties, workshops, conferences… The WJ-S productions are specifically related to the network’s activity, they can be works in progress, unique or original actions The themes revolve around transmission, communication, dialogue, sharing, open and wide distribution, personal experience, experiments, history, processes and issues of the network.

The artists   (the webjays)

According to the themes and the contexts of the events where the project is presented, the international media artists, famous or emergent, are selected in collaboration with the cultural operators

Webjays explore and experiment with the changing and fluctuating territories of the Internet. They subjectively articulate its intimate contours and zones. They play with an exacting choice of plastic, graphical, sensitive, political, social, aesthetic and narrative works they select on the realm of theweb… Webjays become flux stalkers offering things to see, hear, feel, observe and think about, through progressive and dynamic processes. Guided by their critical spirit and their own personal outlook, Webjays reveal the fragrance of the Web, defragment and confront worlds that make the invisible become visible.

Hundreds of artists and art students have already participated to the WJ-S project, among them : Isabelle Arvers, Sylvie Astiè, Jean-Baptiste Bayle, Lucille Calmel, Agnès de Cayeux, KRN, Olga Kisseleva, Anne Laforet, Jérôme Joy, Marika Dermineur, Jérôme Joy, Mia Makela, Antoine Schmitt, Janez Jansa, Igor Stromajer…

Workshop schedule

Day 1 – Monday, Oct 3rd, 2011
Presentation of the project with its theoretical, esthetic, artistic goals in the context of contemporary
Presentation of the wj/software and of its potential.
Teaching how to master the software.
Organization of the schedule of the week for the rehearsals

Day 2 – Tuesday 4th, 2011
Selection of the websites for the performance.
In order to look for the websites for the elaboration of the WJ-S playlist , it is advised that
the participants bring they own computer or that the organizer provides computers for the each
participants for the documentation.
Selection of the first websites for the playlist
Test of the websites in the wj/software
Test of the links in the WJ-S environment

Day 3 – Wednesday 5th, 2011
Rehearsals 30/60 minutes required for each participants per day.
Each participant, one by one, needs to practice in order to work on the theme, the concept and the
narration of the performance.
Each participant has to find a coherent way of playing with the web content, the rhythm, the
interaction, confrontation and combination of the sound, visual, textual sources.
Work on the sound and the spatialization.

Day 4 – Thursday 6th, 2011

Day 5 – Friday 7th, 2011
Performance at 8 pm

Workshop will be held at the mama, Preradovićeva 18, Zagreb.

Application for participation are accepted till Sept 23rd, 2011, via e-mail:

Anne Roquigny (concept- coordination – production)
« Internet as a space of creation »

Anne Roquigny, media arts curator, has specialized during these last fifteen years in the production and curating of hybrid digital projects linked to sound, visual arts, flow, networks and to the Internet.. After devising and organising for 3 years (1995-1998) the cultural programs of events of the Web Bar, an internet café cum art gallery in Paris she joins in 1999 the CICV Pierre Schaeffer, one of the first French new media center where she was working as artistic coordinator and curator of  the international urban multimedia arts festivals Les Nuits savoureuses and Interferences     and then as co-director of the center with Pierre Bongiovanni. From 2002 to 2004, Anne Roquigny is in charge of the general co-ordination of the preliminary project for the future Digital Arts Center in Paris, dedicated to digital production and to electronic music, at la Gaité Lyrique.
Anne Roquigny is now developing the web performances project WJS  and co-coordinates with Peter Sinclair and Jérôme Joy the Locus Sonus research laboratory  specialized in audio art and it’s relation to space and networked audio systems.
In November 2009 Anne Roquigny launched WJ-SPOTS #1 “15 years of artistic creation on the internet”a special edition of MCD (Musiques et cultures digitales Magazine) in which artists, critics, thinkers, inventors, researchers, curators, organizers and producers of cultural events look back on 15 years of Internet history.

Events 10:21 PM at 10:21 PM
mama, Preradoviceva 18, Zagreb, Croatia

Chris Sugrue is an artist and programmer whose works experiment with the magical and illusory possibilities of digital technology. She creates fictional worlds that have taken the form of interactive installations, audio-visual performances and algorithmic animations. Her works have explored topics in artificial life, computer vision, electromagnetism, optical effects, and augmented video. She has exhibited internationally in such festivals and galleries as Ars Electronica, Sónar Festival, Pixel Gallery, Medialab-Prado, Matadero Madrid, and La Noche En Blanco Madrid.

Sugrue’s interactive installation, Delicate Boundaries received an honorary mention from Vida Art and Artificial Life Awards and first prize from Share Festival. In 2009, she collaborated to help develop the EyeWriter, a low-cost eye controlled drawing tool for ALS patients. The EyeWriter was honored with Design of the Year award for interactive category, the Future Everything Award, and a Golden Nica from Ars Electronica.

Sugrue holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design. She has worked as a creative engineer at the Ars Electronica Futurelab where she was the lead interaction developer for a stereoscopic interactive dance performance with artist and choreographer Klaus Obermaier. Sugrue was the recipient of a year-long fellowship at the Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in New York, and has held artist residencies with Hangar in Barcelona, La Casa De Velázquez in Madrid and Harvestworks in New York. She has taught courses in the Design and Technology department at Parsons School of Design, the Interface Culture program at the KunstUniversitat in Linz, Austria, and numerous workshops on visual and creative programming.

All Events 08:28 AM at 08:28 AM
Pierottijeva 11, Zagreb, Croatia

If we really want to reshape our urban way of life on a sustainable and ecological basis, we will have to take tangible measures. But how and where can we create green oases in the concrete jungles of our towns? On the window ledge, the balcony or the rooftop?

The multimedia artist and activist Annemie Maes will give us some answers and practical tips. She has long been involved in eco-technologies and grass-roots activism. In 2004, she and Guy van Belle set up OKNO, an artists collective that aims to develop innovative cultural projects linking art and technology. For example: Connected Open Greens – the outskirts of town where culture and nature can come together symbiotically, where regenerative energy technologies meet traditional gardening and where art projects might make new biotopes. The question is this: to what extent can new organisms, new surroundings and new landscapes be generated by merging the artificial with the natural?

OKNO members operate two Open Green Rooftop Gardens in Brussels. They observe and record the growth, flowering and decay of plants as well as providing a habitat for insects and keeping bee colonies.
In Zagreb, Annemie Maes will be talking about the Connected Open Greens project, one feature of which is urban bee-keeping.

All Events 10:15 AM at 10:15 AM
Pierottijeva 11, Zagreb, Croatia

Upgrade your recycling skills

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Events 12:00 PM at 12:00 PM
Pierottijeva 11, Zagreb, Croatia

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All Events 04:35 PM at 04:35 PM
Pierottijeva 11, Zagreb, Croatia

‘Movie for good night 2’

Projection of short movies made by young artists and students of new media arts from Muenchen and Zagreb.

Projections will be held at Hacklab01, Pierottijeva 11, AKC Medika,  Zagreb, on 30. December 2010  at 8 pm.  Chill Lab starts right after the projections.

Projection ‘Movie for good night 2’  is part of Upgrade!Zagreb gatherings for promotion of  new media arts.


Soft Borders is the 4th Upgrade! International Network Conference and Festival on New Media Art, that happens in São Paulo city, Brazil, from 18th to 24/october/2010. The previous editions happened in New York (USA), Ocklahoma City (USA) and Skopje (Macedônia).

The conference gathers artists, curators and researchers from several countries to present and discuss the field of new media art, in the international and local contexts, especially in Brazil, the country that is hosting the present edition of the event, which hosts a new media art exhibition with arworks curatared by Silvia Laurentiz (Brazilian artworks) and Basak Senova and Elena Veljanovska (international artworks).

The Soft Borders theme, that drives either the conference and the art festival, aim to discuss the borders dissolutions between the many fields of the knowledge and life, the contamination of the one another, particularly regarding the relationship between art-science-technology.

All Events 11:43 AM at 11:43 AM
Pierottijeva 11, Zagreb, Croatia
Upgrade!Zagreb – September 23rd 2010
from 10 am to 10 pm
AKC Medika


The spirit of EEII’10 (Experimental Electronic Interventions) is  here

Happening on 23rd of September in Blue Room (Plava soba) at AKC Medika, Pierrotijeva 11, Zagreb, EEII’10 is open to creative minds for consensus-driven, collaborative art-making from 10 am to 10 pm.

How does it work? Bring your project, sound creator, VJ apparatus, dance, idea… and join others in working day of collective creativity. Idea is to join individual creations into collective work, that will be presented at the end of the day.

If you are far away, you can still be a part of on-line  collaborative
textual tool for creativity:

Also, whole event will be streamed at

As part of EEII happenings, Upgrade!Zagreb is contributing with
inviting the special guest, artist Ralf Schreiber, .

Ralf is offering a workshop, not in its strict sense of a master having workshopers, but more on the line of ‘working together’. In this practical workshop, participants can build their own individual sounding modules and/or simple solar robots. The fundamental circuits are the suneater and the solar soundmodul. The basic workshop concept is non profit (participants pay only for the electronic parts).

Organised by: UKE, CSDVU and AKC Medika

All Events 06:40 PM at 06:40 PM
Pierottijeva 11, Zagreb, Croatia

MishMashMe is a cross-media project about identity and personal connections in a globalised world. All of us are included in an ever-growing network, but how does this change YOUR life? Do you think our world is really coming closer together?

4 filmmakers and 1 blogger from Berlin go on a journey around the world to shoot a documentary and to connect people in a different way: Inside our custom-made caravan we carry an interactive installation. It collects and combines people from various cultural, geographical, religious and personal backgrounds. With the help of pink sticky-notes*, people can mix themselves up with me, your neighbour, – creating a collage of themselves and find out how it would feel to be someone else.

The purpose of this journey is to meet you in person & mishmash you up.


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Collaborative Artistic Media Project, by participants of the My Center of the World project, curated by Maja Kalogera

Opening: Tuesday, June 29th, 2010, at 7 p.m., NANO Gallery, Gajeva 26, Zagreb

Exhibition runs from June 30th, 2010 to July 19th, 2010.

All Events 06:48 PM at 06:48 PM
Pierottijeva 11, Zagreb, Croatia

April, 30th, 2010

Analog/digital workshop ‘Friday five o’clock tea

– recycler /audio software – introduction and basic tutorial
– recycling plastic bags – making of new things
– unrecycled tea and cookies
– some music in the background!/event.php?eid=110455005652882

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LUDBREG – Centrum Mundi
Europe as canvas of concentric circles painted
by connecting artists and their settings

Collaborative Artistic Project funded by European Cultural Foundation


CSDVA – Croatia
Artenativa – Croatia
Kanonmedia – Austria
Line – Initiative and Movement – FYR Macedonia

In this project, the involved organizations from Croatia, Macedonia and Austria will be setting in motion coextensively the real space travels and online connections from the “Center of Europe – Centrum Mundi – Ludbreg’’ to the different places all across the Europe. Those movements will be recorded and then transformed into custom-made application for online viewing. The project has an aim to form new connections between artists and cultural organizations from participating European places and document new urban diversity.
The inspiration for this project, the place Ludbreg is small, in wider public not so well known place in Croatia, and yet it is one of the oldest settlements in Croatia. According to ancient legend from the Roman times, it was in Ludbreg that the circles of the Earth were thought up and drawn. All the larger metropolises are found on the circumferences of the circles, and it is in Ludbreg that the four elements – earth, water, fire and air – meet. In Croatia it is known as The Centre of the World.
The small Podravina Township evolved on the intersection of trade roads leading from East to West, and from South to North, all crossing the river Bednja. Illirians and Kelts passed these roads, as well as Tatars and Turks. On this place, prehistoric augurs predicted the future, Slavik sages brought their offerings, Roman patricians enjoyed the beauties of nature. It was the importance of these ancient roads spreaded through this region since the first millenium BC, which brought old Romans to settle here. Between years 6 and 9 AD they built a monumental fortress named IOVIO. By the fortress, a settlement was raised with time, whose inhabitants worked with and for the Roman army. Old Romans, appreciating the good geographic position, built Castrum Iovia in the place of today’s Ludbreg. It was a town equipped with complete infrastructure, a roman forum and termae (baths), which quickly became an economic and transportation center, and upon whose foundations Ludbreg as we know it today was later built. From that time origins the legend saying that from this place “rims of the world” were drawn, and all the large world centres built upon them…

All Events 10:40 AM at 10:40 AM
Gajeva 26, Zagreb, Croatia


Maja Petrić is an artist and predoctoral associate at the University of Washington’s Center for Digital Art and Experimental Media (DXARTS). She holds a Masters degree in new media art from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Interactive Telecommunications Program and Masters degree in journalism from University of Zagreb, Croatian Studies.

Her work explores methods of manipulating spatial experience in function of art. Through transformative spatial experiences, she aims to create new opportunities for accessing the sublime – transcendent qualities, whether physical, emotional, intellectual, metaphysical or artistic. By means of experimentation with both technology and traditional materials, she creates spatial installations for facilitating new interpretations and incarnations of the sublime.

Her approach to invention and exploration of new forms in digital and experimental art combines principles of architecture, lighting design, audiovisual systems, multisensory devices, electrical, mechanical and software engineering.


Umjetnica Maja Petrić trenutno radi kao znanstvena novakinja na doktorskom studiju Centra za digitalnu umjetnost i eksperimentalne medije (DXARTS) Sveučilišta Washington. Završila je magistarske studije na sveučilištima u New Yorku i Zagrebu. Na njujorškoj Tisch School of Arts na studiju nove medijske umjetnosti magistrirala je program interaktivnih telekomunikacija, a na zagrebačkim Hrvatskim studijima novinarstvo.

Njezin rad istražuje razne metode manipuliranja prostornim iskustvom u svrhu umjetnosti. Iskustvo prostornih transformacija nastoji potaknuti nove načine pristupanja sublimno – transcendentnom, bilo da se radi o fizičkom, emocionalnom, intelektualnom, metafizičkom ili umjetničkom. Prostorne instalacije za nova tumačenja i inkarnacije sublimnog ostvarene su kombiniranjem i eksperimentiranjem suvremenim tehnologijama i tradicionalnim materijalima.

U istraživanju i osmišljavanju novih oblika digitalne i eksperimentalne umjetnosti, u svojevrsnom spoju kombinirana su rješenja arhitekture, dizajna svjetla, audiovizualnih sustava, multisenzornih uređaja, električnog, mehaničkog i softverskog inženjerstva.

All Events 11:03 AM at 11:03 AM
Gajeva 26, Zagreb, Croatia

~~~~~~PAJAMA PARTY~~~~~~


‘Movie for good night’

Projection of short movies made by young artists and students of new media arts from Muenchen, Vancouver, Istambul and Zagreb.

Projections will be held at NANO Galeriji, Gajeva 26, Zagreb,26. November 2009. at 7,15 pm.

Projection ‘Crtić za laku noć’ is part of Upgrade!Zagreb gatherings for promotion of  new media arts.

All Events Local Video presentations 09:55 AM at 09:55 AM
Preradovićeva 18, Zagreb, Croatia

May 07, 2009 : 7 pm at mama, Preradovićeva 18

Sandro Đukić presents topic ‘About problems of the reality of an image’ through his work.

Discussion and refreshments follow after the presentation. Meet people interested in media art, exchange ideas about projects and get inspired. Welcome!


Sandro Đukić is an artist who in his works – spatial, architectonic and photographic installations and constructed films – moves from one medium to another with ease. By doing those movements, he applies different layers and meanings of spaces and by doing that he defines himself as virtual visual artist with tendency towards critical interpretation of space and date of inception of the artwork. The idea of including the viewers of one exhibition space into next work, enrolls from current work to another, new work continously.

Sandro Đukić was born 1964. in Zagreb. He graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1989. In period from 1989 to 1993 he attended Art Academy in Dusseldorf -class of prof. Nam June Paik and prof. Nan Hoover. At the same academy he attended postgraduate studies -class of prof. Nan Hoover, in period from 1993. to 1994. Exhibited in Slovenia, Germany, USA, Italy, Serbia, Austria and Croatia and lectured at the numerous conferences dedicated to media art -Rijeka, Zagreb, Plasy. In 1991. he received Croatian Artist Association Award.



All Events International 01:40 PM at 01:40 PM

Upgrade! International has been invited to participate in Wintercamp, , an event organized by the Institute of Network Cultures that will take place from March 3-7, 2009 in Amsterdam. Upgrade!Zagreb will participate as node of the Upgrade!International. The other participant networks are Blender Foundation, Bricolabs,, Edufactory, Floss Manuals, freeDimensional network, Genderchangers, MyCreativity, and Planetart.



Darko Fritz is born 1966 in Croatia and live and work in Amsterdam and Zagreb. He is media artist, curator and graphic designer. Studied architecture at University of Zagreb and art media at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. He work with reproductive medias and technology in artistic and cultural context. Work with video since 1988 (as TV virus). First computer- generated environment in 1988. Digital photography since 1990. First attempt to webcast 1994. Founding member of artist groups Cathedral (1988), The Imitation of Life Studio (1987 – 1990), Young Croatian Electronic Films (1991) and The Future State of Balkania (1998). Involved in various on&off-line networks (Syndicate, Spectre, Nettime, …). He curated exhibitions ‘Culture of graphic design in the Netherlands’ (1999), ‘I am Still Alive’ (internet art and computer art fom sixties, 2000), CLUB.NL (art and art networks from the Netherlands, 2000), ‘Lights from Zagreb’ (interactive light installations, 2001) and <dis.location> (2003). He wrote a first overview of media art in Croatia (since 1960s) as editor for web portal (from 2001).


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Andreja Kuluncic is an artist who lives in Zagreb, Croatia. Her artistic practice is characterised by an interest in socially engaged themes, a confrontation with different audiences, and a collaboration on collective projects. She sets up her own interdisciplinary networks, regarding artistic work as a research in progress, a process of cooperation (co-creation) and self-organisation. She often asks the audience to actively participate and “finish” the work. Kuluncic’s work has been featured in exhibitions such as documenta 11, Manifesta4, Istanbul Biennial, as well as in the Whitney Museum and in PS1.



C H A I N      R E A C T I O N

3rd Upgrade!International meeting

The meeting theme Chain Reactionillustrates the network itself, the way it works and functions, correlates and interacts. The Upgrade!International started as a creative spark that gradually grew into an international group of nodes influencing each other continually through permanent communication. The meeting gathers Upgrade! nodes into one core event in Macedonia and will hopefully cause a positive chain reaction. Upgrade! network gathers annually or bi-annually, each time in a different city for a festival by artists who participated in the Upgrade! meetings around the world.

“Chain reaction” was initiated by 5 partner nodes (Upgrade! Belgrade, Upgrade! Berlin – Public Art Lab, Upgrade! Sofia – InterSpace, Upgrade! Istanbul – NOMAD and Upgrade! Skopje – Line Initiative and Movement) that are responsible for the main coordination and communication of the project with other nodes from the network.

The outcome of the meeting is a 4 day festival with various activities that are created by common effort of the Upgrade! International nodes. On this occasion 50 international artists, curators, and arts producers will gather in Skopje to meet, present art projects and further develop the network. The artistic program of this project is rich, diverse and presents the latest developments of the new media scene on international level.

The artistic program comprises 6 parts:

+ Exhibition

+ Public interventions

+ Live a/v performances

+ Performances

+ Screening program

+ Workshops

These events will take place in different cultural spaces in the city centre. The vibrancy created by having the event happening throughout the city also serves to increase the opportunity for dialogue and place-making, letting the city and its people become part of the festival.

One major aim of the Upgrade! International 2008 meeting is to establish new forms of cultural exchange among the neighbouring countries in the Balkans. The partner nodes in the Balkans are working to show that culture continues to be a powerful force for regional cooperation. The nodes have already hosted smaller exchanges amongst themselves and have worked in a peer-to-peer mentorship capacity to help start and support new nodes in the area. This cooperation has allowed the organizers and local participants to foster a sense of confidence and unique identity amongst new media practitioners internationally. Due to our limited opportunities for mobility and cultural activism on a European and international level, the meeting in Skopje will be of great importance for the region. It’s an outstanding opportunity for many of the local cultural operators, artists, and curators to increase their knowledge and experiences and to share their expertise with others. Hosting the international meeting in Skopje in partnership with neighbouring nodes is a step forward towards creating ongoing cultural linkages in the Balkans.