KONTEJNER

Contact: Gundulićeva 35, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia / kontejner@kontejner.org / +385(0)15806255

We are a non-profit NGO from Zagreb founded in 2002 under the name KONTEJNER | bureau of contemporary art praxis. We are engaged in curatorial work, organization of art festivals and other public events, and in education and social theory. Our main field of interest is progressive contemporary art which investigates the role and meaning of science, technology and the body in our society, focusing on the relevant and current phenomena, especially within provocative, fascinating and intriguing subjects and topics, as well as those perceived by the society as taboos. These include pleasure, time and energy, mental health, human and artificial intelligence manipulation and dark matter.

We have curated and organized over 100 group and solo exhibitions, performances, lectures, workshops and presentations of international and Croatian artists, theoreticians, philosophers, scientists, hackers and innovators. Working specifically in the framework of cross-sectoral collaborations, we are connected with numerous institutions, organizations and individuals - from local hospitals and medical institutions, to the world's largest scientific laboratories. We have presented our projects in Europe, USA, Canada, Japan and China (Zagreb, London, San Francisco, Tokyo, Montreal, Skopje, Prague, Belgrade, Linz, Beijing, Rijeka, Dubrovnik, Ljubljana and many other cities).

Our main programmes and projects include: thematic festival Touch Me (since 2005) dedicated to relations between technology, science and art, Device_art (since 2004) dealing with machines and devices as artistic media, and Extravagant bodies (since 2007) directed towards questioning of the politics of normality in relation to the human body and mind. Along these international triennial festivals, we are also curating the programme of Mochvara Gallery in Zagreb, Croatia dedicated to sound art, we organize interdisciplinary workshops for children and youth as a part of pur project LEM i ti! (since 2016), and with nine international partners we are a part of the European project Future DiverCities (2016 - 2020). Since December 2017, along with 10 European cultural institutions, we are members of the EMAP - European Media Art Platform. Through our own production platforms DIY_ARTLab (since 2006) and Sound Art Incubator (since 2012) we continuously support and invest in the work of Croatian contemporary artists.