research group Ljiljana Kolešnik, PI Irena Kraševac Petar Prelog Tamara Bjažić Klarin

doc. Željka Tonković

doc. Dalibor Prančević Artur Šilić Sanja Horvatinčić


doctoral students

Nikola Bojić

Ivana Meštrov

Sanja Sekelj

professional assistants

Irena Šimić, Head of the IAH Documentation and Archival collections; Copyright law specialist

project duration

Sept. 2014 - Dec. 2018

financial support

Croatian Science Foundation

artnet was a research project in digital art history conducted from September 2014 to December 2018, exploring organization and structure of modern and contemporary artist networks. It was based on the hypothesis that there is a certain number of organization and communication models in the background of modern and contemporary artists networks sharing the same characteristics regardless of their spatial (geographical)  amplitude and cultural context from which they have originated; if identified, described and explained in terms of analytic patterns, these organization and communication models could be applied into the research of artist networks in diverse national, regional, and transnational settings.


artnet research group also intended to prove that a diversity of organist and communication models underlying artist networks related to a particular local (national) art scenes, in a particular historical moment, is directly proportional to the dynamics and volume of its participation in the international art scene. 

the theoretical framework of the project was informed by the insights of spatial art history, cultural history, theory of social networks, theory of communication, and the recent theoretical debates in digital humanities.

development of digital research tools and methods encompassed the the tools for spatial data analysis, social networks analysis, network visualizations, topic modelling and text corpora analysis. 

keywords: digital art history, social networks; network analysis; spatial data analysis, network visualization; interface design; modern art, contemporary art, digital media art 

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Otti Berger

Croatian-born textile designer on the loom at the Bauhaus workshop, 1924 /ARTNET/ artist networks