We are very proud to announce our return for Vector Hack 2020, the second edition of the festival dedicated to experimental vector graphics. This edition of the festival will be taking place from October 2nd to the 4th as part of Rijeka 2020 European Capital of Culture in Croatia. The program continues in Ljubljana in collaboration with Ljudmila on the October 7th and ends in Dubrovnik in collaboration with Art Radionica Lazareti on October 9th to 10th. Large parts of the program will be available online via our webstream at www.youtube.com/c/VectorHackFestival/.
The event will feature researchers, developers, and performers from around the world as well as from the strong regional scene of Italy, Austria and Croatia. This unique combination of community meeting, conference, and international arts festival will again bring together practitioners in the field of laser and oscilloscope art for talks, workshops and live performances. It is a chance to experience audiovisual works which employ unusual, analog, and sometimes obsolete display technologies, and to bathe your eyes in a different kind of light.
Experimental vector graphics artists use lasers, analog oscilloscopes, old video game consoles, mechanical drawing machines, and other equipment to produce images using an X, Y, and Z coordinate system. They often feed these display devices with elaborate handmade electronic synthesizers, complex custom-made software, or other experimental instruments of their own design. The resultant images are often sinuous, intensely energetic, and radically different from what is possible on a digital screen!
Due to the unprecedented circumstances brought about by the global pandemic we have been working hard behind the scenes to adapt our program complementing physical events with a varied online program of talks and performances.
The physical performances and workshops will be taking place in the beautiful industrial hall of the Exportdrvo, and the Delta Lab in Rijeka, Osmo / za in Ljubljana and Art Radionica Lazaredti in Dubrovnik. This edition of Vector Hack will feature live performances and workshops from regional artists: Philipp Haffner, Bernhard Rasinger and Alberto Novello, Hrvoje Radnić, Branimir Štivić and Ivan Marušić Klif .
Online talks and presentations will build on and extend themes covered in the first edition of Vector Hack including media art history, contemporary oscilloscope and laser art practice from a range of presenters from the international scene, including a talk by the Croatian-Australian vector graphics pioneer Tomislav Mikulić, a member of the pioneering Nove Tendencije group.
In addition to this, we made an open call for international artists unable to join us physically to submit AV performance works to be shown during the festival. The open call closed on September 5th.