Vladimir Bonačić

Year of birth, place
1938, Novi Sad, Serbia
Year of death, place
1999, Bonn, Germany
Role at the ZKM
Artist of the Collection, Artist of the archive
Group
Biography
Vladimir Bonačić grew up in Zagreb, today HR, and studied electronics at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb (Ph.D. 1968). Postgraduate studies in London and Paris. 1968 started to utilize computer systems for cybernetic art. 1969–1973 head of the Laboratory of Cybernetics at the Ruđer Bošković Institute in Zagreb. 1971 advisor to the UNESCO on art and science matters and foundation of the “bcd – cybernetic art team” with Miro Cimerman and Dunja Donassy. 1972–1977 founding director of the “Jerusalem Program in Art and Science” at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem. 1973 member of the editorial advisory board of the journal Leonardo. 1978/1979 head of development of the multimedia and electronic library at the national library of Croatia, Zagreb, and the central library of the University of Zagreb. Moved to Germany in 1980 where he undertook R&D projects primarily in visual communications used by German television for election night reporting.
Exhib.: 1970, »kompjuteri i vizuelna istraživanja / computers and visual research«, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb. 1971, Septième Biennale de Paris. 1971, »Exhibition on the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the UNESCO«, UNESCO, Paris. 1971, »Art and Science«, Tel Aviv Museum.
Lit.: V. B. et al., “Pseudorandom Digital Transformation,” in: »Fourth DECUS European Seminar, Edinburgh, Sept. 19–20, 1968 and Nuclear Instruments and Methods«, 66, 1968, pp. 213–223. V. B., “Kinetic Art. Application of Abstract Algebra to Objects with Computer-Controlled Flashing Lights and Sound Combinations,” in: »Leonardo«, vol. 7, no. 3, Summer 1974, pp. 193–200.

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