Digital Artist in Residence 2021
This year, the Gropius Bau is pleased to welcome Ana Prvački as its first Digital Artist in Residence. Prvački is an interdisciplinary artist working in watercolour, video, performance and augmented reality. Prvački creates imaginative tools for the challenges of daily life, drawing on such fields of interest as music, theatre, mask design, architecture, fine art and beekeeping. As the Gropius Bau’s Digital Artist in Residence in 2021, Prvački is taking up a series of interventions that materialise the Gropius Bau’s overarching programmatic topics of hosting, natural structures and ecology.
Ana Prvački’s project for the Gropius Bau, entitled Apis Gropius (2021), is inspired by the botanical motifs embedded in the museum’s architecture as well as Stephanie Rosenthal’s vision for the Gropius Bau as a site of openness, hospitality and exchange. Prvački invents a new species of bee, the Apis Gropius, which leads visitors on an augmented reality tour. The artist’s project is derived from her long-standing interest in bees, specifically her view that they are our hosts on our planet and that we are dependent on their pollination.
Employing Prvacki’s signature playful wit, Apis Gropius is grounded in scientific and taxonomical research on bees and botany, and investigates the links between nature, history, and economy. Apis Gropius unfolds through digital and on-site forms of storytelling, merging scientific with poetic and speculative aspects and showing the manifold ways in which institutions and nature intersect and co-evolve.
About Ana Prvački
Ana Prvački’s training and background in music, theatre, mask work, architecture, fine art and beekeeping inform a cross disciplinary practice that ranges from watercolour to video, performance and augmented reality. Prvački has an environmentally conscious artistic practice. She has realised solo exhibitions and projects at the NTU CCA in Singapore, de Young Museum, San Francisco, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston; and the Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin. Her work has also been included in many international exhibitions, including the 2020 Bangkok Biennial, 13th Gwangju Biennial, 14th Istanbul Biennial, 1st Singapore Biennial and documenta (13). Her performances have been commissioned by the LA Philharmonic and the Chicago Architecture Biennial, among others. In 2020 she was part of the Marina Abramović Sky Arts TV takeover. In 2019, as a resident at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, Ana collaborated with Google Arts & Culture on Detour, a Webby Award-winning alternative tour of the museum.