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 works at the intersection of technology, science and art, through the creation of interactive devices, inventions and installations that serve as intermediaries in communication between people. His intention is to explore and create a new context and conditions for the sensory and mental perception of daily life. He combines his extensive experience in sculpture and sculptural technologies with new media, DIY culture, new technologies and collaborations with experts in the fields of science, which opens up a wide spectrum of activity.

He graduated in Sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 2008. During his studies, he attended a semester at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA. In 2014, he completed his Master’s degree in Animation and New Media at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, where he also participated in a student exchange with the London Metropolitan University, UK. He has exhibited in 24 solo exhibitions, created 7 public space sculptures (Zagreb, Dugo Selo, Bjelovar and Hvar in Croatia, and Trausdorf in Austria), and has participated in 14 artistic residencies. He exhibited at 55 group exhibitions in Croatia, Germany, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Austria, the Czech Republic, United Kingdom, USA, Canada and France. He is the recipient of several awards, honors and scholarships, and a 2021 Radoslav Putar Award finalist. He is a member of the Croatian Association of Visual Artists and the Croatian Freelance Artists’ Association.