Ana Dimitrijevic

Karakatag collective group photo 2015

Karkatag is Belgrade based Serbian art collective. It exists since 2009.

Work of collective includes machines, interactive and autonomous installations and manipulable objects.
Collective uses industrial materials and technologies in research of different natural and scientific phenomena, interactivity and performativity of machines, sound, motion.
Through public actions and performances, by placing installations and machines in space as urban scenography and props, collective also introduces social aspects of its work. In those settings spectator/passer-by is being involved in co-play with machine/installation and thereby becoming an active partaker in changing the perception of space and daily routine of the city.
Karkatag works are participatory and the situation generated through their use is integral part of their realization.

Aiming to encourage experimentation and to make its metalworking and mechanical knowledge available, collective organizes series of workshops as well as offering workplace, tools and advising in its open studio/artist-in-residence project.

Karkatag has three permanent members that are together defining, managing and realizing the work of collective. Nevertheless, team structure is generally fluid and from project to project it involves new people.

Setting up of the Rehearsal installation, roof of the Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Austria 2016
The Rehearsal installation 2016 Linz, Austria
The Machine, production phase, 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space, Newbury, UK, 2016
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  1. […] Ana Dimitrijevic spoke to us from Belgrade, Serbia. The Karkatag Collective, founded in 2009, currently includes three members who are joined by others as needed especially to help work with various technology. Originally there were six members. The collective initially created kinetic sculptural work and has evolved to creating works involving different forms of media. The founding principle is to develop a way to have a more direct communication with the audience and at first they avoided traditional galleries, opting for public spaces more often. Currently they are working on two big projects. One of these is in collaboration with the Museum of Yugoslavia that consists of three pieces of work that are essentially kiosks that communicate with the audience. To hear more about this work and other projects by Karkatag Collective, as well as the political significance of their work, listen to the complete interview. […]