Vitar Drinković (HR) Autodetector

interactive installation, 2016

Autodetector has been devised as a lie-detector to which the visitor connects, asks him or herself questions and gives answers to them. While using the work the visitor could realize how honest he or she is with him or herself, and would see how their body reacts to the things that they say, and following the instructions, through the recognition of certain patterns, could “be his or her own judge“.

The work consists of a wooden stand on which there is a pedestal with a modified stethoscope. The visitor must step onto the stand, take the stethoscope and put it against his or her heart. In addition to the measuring-reproduction of beats, which are manifested as a loud sound of the heart in the room, accompanied by vibration and light pulse from the lateral sides of the pedestal, the stethoscope measures the change in conductivity of the skin through the fingers. The change in conductivity, i.e. change in skin moisture is reflected in the change of the color of the light from the spotlights. In the polygraph examination, one of the most important indicators of a strong emotional reaction is the sweating of hands. With elevated levels, the light turns red.

The polygraph does not really tell us if we are lying, it only shows the body's reaction, and it is up to us to interpret the information.

production support: Mladen Tomić

Vitar Drinković (HR)

Vitar Drinković was born in Zagreb, where he graduated in Sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 2008 and in 2014 in Animated Film and New Media from the same faculty. He has participated in student exchanges and residencies in USA, England, Czech Republic and France. His work lies at an intersection between technology, science and art. Over the last several years he has explored the ways of creating conditions for changing our perception of everyday reality. By employing different interactive sculptures, gadgets, inventions and installations as intermediaries of communication, he creates new contexts for the sensory and cognitive perception of the quotidian. He has exhibited in 18 solo and 48 collective exhibitions in Croatia, Germany, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Austria, Czech Republic, England, USA, Canada and France. He is the recipient of several awards, honors and scholarships.