WorkShope online: Ivana Tkalčić (WHW Akademija)


In her work, Ivana Tkalčić deals with the transformation of the image with the help of technical media. She also applied some models of advanced technological principles to works from the MMSU collection.

Here, we virtually present Ivana Tkalčić’s art concept, Perfect Peripheral.

In the 20th century technical media radically transformed the image. Taking photography as a starting point, in which images seemingly generated themselves, the media “transformed the entire nature of art”. Photography, film, phonography, radio, television, video, computers, Internet and nowadays artificial intelligence and machine learning have redefined the relationship between artist, work, and viewer as well as our notion of the creative act.

Future technologies can offer entirely new experiences for approaching museums, the experience that draws inspiration from their collections and accumulated creative histories.

Museums today are data centers, living archives for exploring art and creative expressions and relations from other times and locations. They are space for knowledge, information, basis for creating and for thinking about our past and present, translating those moments into the future through innovative new language and perspective.

While using it with respect, the collection should offer transparency, access and democracy; it can be space for research, creation, communication, education and discussion; engaging and connecting more people in collaboration with the institutions.

Using the GAN (Generative Adversarial Network) models and digitalized part of the MMSU collection (around 1,113 works) as base and material, new images were created, treating each artwork from the collection as an equally worth input.

Images generated from the MMSU collection database with the machine learning system can be found here.


Ivana Tkalčić

Ivana Tkalčić (1987, Croatia) studied at Academy of fine arts (MA) in Zagreb and Munich. She graduated economics and tourism at Faculty of Economics (mag oec.) in Zagreb. After graduation, she has been collaborating on various projects within art residencies in Austria, Belgium, Greece, Norway, Italy, Netherlands and Poland. There is a number of solo and group exhibitions behind her in Croatia and around the globe. 

Awards: Erste fragments 12, RCAA Young European Art Award and Rector’s Award of the University of Zagreb for the Independent work of art.