D-fest 2021 - Tenth Festival of Croatian Digitization Projects - PRESENTATION
National and University Library Zagreb / virtual, Zagreb, Croatia
06. May 2021 - 07. May 2021


The tenth D-fest - a gathering dedicated to the digitization of cultural and scientific heritage, digital material management systems, digital products and services and the promotion of digitization projects - in this year's diverse program usually brings news from the field of digitization of materials in libraries and other heritage institutions. presentations that provide insight into the theoretical and normative framework that determines the development of the field of digitization and construction of digital collections.

This year's 10th anniversary festival of Croatian digitization projects, with an overview of nine festivals, held so far that have systematically monitored, promoted and supported the development of digitization, deals with two more important anniversaries - a review of two decades of work on normative and structural assumptions for the Croatian digital library. year of implementation of material digitization projects in Croatia.

The first day of the Festival brings an overview of the activities of the first year of the e-culture project - Digitization of cultural heritage of the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia and partner institutions. Other presentations on the first day of the Festival deal with the presentation of concrete realizations of projects and systems and continue with the presentation of poster presentations with a number of interesting topics.

The second day of the Festival continues with a discussion of the relationship between digitalization and the new Law on Copyright and Related Rights, and the presentation of projects in which the regulation of legal relations with authors was important for their implementation. The current topic of digital humanities runs through several lectures on the use of digital materials to conduct research and interpretation of heritage. The importance of digitization of material in heritage institutions is further emphasized by the presentation of several projects aimed at protecting and the wider availability of material for the field of education, but also for the general public. This year, four new virtual exhibitions will be presented.

In addition to presenting normative and theoretical guidelines in the field of digital libraries and examples of good practice, the Festival will provide space for discussion and exchange of ideas related to current developments in the field of digitalization. Although this year exclusively in a virtual environment, we believe that D-fest will again this year contribute to empowering participants with new information and knowledge in the field of digitization of materials.


Dorotea Fotivec Očić, Institute for the Research of the Avant-Garde

Ten years after founding the Virtual Museum of the Avant-Garde based on the Marinko Sudac Collection, the website has become the essential source of information on avant-garde artists and artistic movements active between 1914 and 1989 in the former Yugoslavia and much broader Central and Eastern Europe, thus uniting the areas behind the so-called "Iron curtain". The interest of the Collection extends to the area from the Baltic to the Black Sea, with the ultimate goal of uniting and connecting the global phenomenon of the avant-garde, present from the far West to the Far East. The online database of the Virtual Museum represents only a small part of the Collection's holdings, about 6% of the total number of units. It presents a set of digitized works and offers a detailed overview of the artist's activities. Each of the artists has a space within it, a "personal page" with a biography, bibliography, list of exhibitions, as well as a list of artists who have influenced or influenced them. This line of influence is an essential interpretive element that connects artists into an extensive global network of avant-garde and provides a factual overview of the connections and events within 20th-century art. It is common for curators, researchers and museum directors to visit when choosing materials for their projects. With such a solid online presence, over 175 exhibitions and projects have been realized in more than 15 countries worldwide, including institutions such as the Tate Modern in London, the Ludwig Museum in Budapest, the Biennale in China's Anren or the Venice Biennale. Considering that the artistic productions of the avant-garde in the 20th century broke the established artistic frameworks, works were created as a specific type of material. In addition to large sculptures and installations (sometimes luminokinetic) and 3D material, new digital display forms are emerging. Performances and actions become an essential form of artistic activity and remain filmed as documentary - on b / w photo-film or 8, 16 or 35 mm film tape. Conceptual art that has been around since the early 1960s, if materialized, is most often on an A4 piece of paper. Such forms of unique material require increased care when digitizing and selecting the most appropriate display format. In the Marinko Sudac Collection, the focus is on documentary and archival material. Some artists have recognized the Collection as the bearer of care for their entire archive, and this material is presented in the same way as works of art. This provides a historical-factual basis for the proper research and writing of the art history of these areas. By digitizing the material in top resolution with quality equipment and presentation to the public, the avant-garde art of this area was for the first time systematically and comprehensively placed in the art system of the 20th century, equally accessible to the world's greatest artists.