Danica Bićanić was born in Novi Sad, Serbia, in 1985. She acquired her master’s degree at the Academy of Fine Arts in Novi Sad – Sculpture Department, in 2010 and Ph.D. in fine arts in 2022 at the same Academy. She has won several student awards – Award for Most successful graduate work at the Sculpture Department (2008), “Art Clinics” Award “Perspective” for a perspective student in the category Sculpture (2008), “University of Novi Sad Award for excellent results achieved in the field of arts” (2009).
She has been active in the field of art since 2006. She has had 14 solo and numerous group exhibitions and other performances in our country and abroad (Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Great Britain, USA, Bulgaria, Russia, Greece, Austria, Germany, Croatia, Slovenia).
Since 2011, she has worked on numerous projects in the field of culture, and since 2017 she has been a member of the Presidency and program coordinator of the Association of Fine Artists of Vojvodina. She lives and works in Novi Sad.
Bernhard Hansbauer, born in 1972 and living in Vienna/Austria, has been involved with experimental music since the late 1980s, in various projects and activities. Starting out as a DJ and event organizer in the field of experimental and post-industrial music, he went on with his own project, Red Chamber, where he released two albums on the Austrian/German netlabel Laridae and was featured on a couple of compilations. In 2007, he started his own music label, Bleak, and had more than 60 releases in various formats (including vinyl and tapes), including rare live recordings, and exclusive material from many renowned post-industrial artists. As an artist and DJ, he has been invited to many events and festivals, such as the Wroclaw Industrial Festival or Exit Festival. His own music ranges from minimal electronica to dark, rhythmic soundscapes.
Audiovisual performance document / installation Bernhard Hansabuer (sound), Nenad Bogdanović (video documenting) 2018/2022
Worry crosses the river – in conversation – the document is footage of an audiovisual experiment with a focus on reflection and echo motifs during the specific interactions. The performance is based on a conversation between two egos (musician Bernhard Hansbauer and the artist herself) who interact through sound and act. While she is producing different sounds while performing acts such as writing on the mirror by scratching, speaking, or making other kinds of noise, he is recording and developing those sounds, making his version of it by manipulating the sounds following his perception. The performance is followed by two video documents; one showing the artist crossing the Danube river with the huge object, and another one showing various atomic and hydrogen bomb detonations in the 20th century.
The name of the experiment points to Hyginus’ (Gaius Julius Hyginus) fable, in which Worry, as an allegory figure, decides to create a being out of soft clay by her reflection that she has seen while crossing the river. She made the creature with the help of Jupiter and Telus – Earth. A creature – a human – remains in the possession of Worry until its death. The aforementioned fable is the central motif of Hans Blumenberg’s book with the same title, which is made of short meditations on various topics where he works as a detective of ideas scouring the periphery of intellectual and philosophical history for clues—metaphors, gestures, anecdotes—essential to grasping human finitude. Performance Worry Crosses The River draws attention to Worry’s narcissistic impulse and the human’s position within her possession.