Darko Fritz


204_NO_CONTENT . Horticulture Unit . From March 2007 . El Efeque . Fuerteventura . Cannary Islands . Spain


The horticulture unit ‘204_NO_CONTENT’ is made of organic elements, transgressing the contents from the digital domain.

The textual context of the picture is a text found in the computer language that reads ‘204_NO_CONTENT’. It is an error report that appears in the internet communication. A machine communicates with another machine about protocols of failed communication [HTML server error], and thus providing the user with the insight into the problem. Error ‘204 No Content’ means that the server has fulfilled the request but there is no new information to send back.

A typographical picture located in the desert is 3.6 x 31 meter in size and shaped within the matrix made of 18 x 166 fields [2988 ‘pixels’]. This ‘low-resolution screen’ is made of cactuses and black lava. The ‘active pixels’ are made of 2220 cactuses [Echinocactus grusonii]. At the beginning of the project each cactus was approximately 18 cm in diameter.

Materials used in the installation are chosen respecting natural resources and availability at the Fuerteventura island. Fuerteventura island is of volcanic origin and therefore black lava is widely available. The Echinocactus grusonii cactuses are visible around the island and have an status of the local souvenir at the local airport. The sent used within and around the installation is of local origin.

204_NO_CONTENT is part of the Internet Error Messages project by Darko Fritz [since 2001].

204_NO_CONTENT is commissioned by Centro de Arte Juan Ismael, Fuerteventura (Canary Islands, Spain), for the exhibition Deambulatorios de una jornada, en el principio y el proyecto Tindaya, curated by Nilo Casares.

Darko Fritz

10 - 10 - 1966 - born in Croatia
1988 - 1990 Architecture - University of Zagreb, Zagreb
1990 - 1992 Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten - Art Media dept., Amsterdam

Darko Fritz is media artist, curator and graphic designer. He is trying to fill the gap between two worlds: contemporary art practice and media art culture.

His artworks make use of various materials and mediums: architectonic, organic [horticulture], public transport, electronic, traditional art mediums, communication [TV, radio, newspapers, internet, fax] ...
In his artworks he often using electronic / communication / digital techniques: photocopys and slide projections since 1984, film loops since 1987, video since 1988 [as TV virus], digital photography since 1990; fax since 1991, first attempt to webcast 1994 [Keep the frequency Clear at Triple X festival], internet since 1995 [End of the Mesasage - total archives].
In many projects or single works various mediums get mixed, as in Cathedral project - an interactive computer- generated environment from 1988.
His work is often organized in complex long-term projects [each made of several parts or phases], but he produces single art objects.
He published and edit several printed and electronic publications and portfolio of prints.
He wrote a first overview of media art in Croatia (since 1960s) as editor for culturenet.hr web portal (from 2002).

Live and work in Amsterdam and Zagreb.