Orphics Nocturne

On the Importance of Digital Art Pioneers in the 21st Century

Perhaps the Orphics series are the most precise definitions of Zajecs view on the role of computers in art, culture and society. He conceived Orphics as a contribution to the transition from a narrative to a procedural articulation of moving images.

Computers make this possible for him, they are the technology in which he sees the promise of the possibility of structuring, restructuring and coming to grips with new ways of envisioning the world .

We could even claim that the computer is the center of Zajecs work not because of his choice, but due to the laws of history. The use of the computer has placed him on the margins of the established art world. Yet at the same time by using the computer he enabled contemporary art to perform its basic historical role: contributing to the peoples endeavors in understanding themselves

Melita Zajc

Published in the occasion of the production and screenings:' Edward Zajec: Documents and Visions ' , by the Institute for Art and Technology, Maribor,Sl, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb,Hr, 2010
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Nocturne, 1994, NTSC, Umatic 3/4" videotape, software: Pascal, Premiere, hardware: Mac II Desktop with a Truevision NuVista graphics card, Music: Erik Satie: Premier Nocturne, Piano: Ida Trebicka