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300 | Multiple Choices | 301 | Moved Permanently | 302 | Moved Temporarily 
404 | Not Found | 405 | Method Not Allowed | 406 | Not Acceptable 
408 | Request Time-Out | 409 | Conflict | 410 | Gone

from Redirection + Client Error series, part of Internet Error Messages project 
2002, digital print on plastic, each 173 x 100 cm

'Redirection + Client Error ' series consists of five works, each read three Web Server Result (HTML Error) Codes, more precisely from status messages that might be returned: 3xx: Redirection and 4xx: Client Error. Background image is a video signal error.

Internet Error Messages is on-going series of works / projects of different nature, each making use of texts of internet error messages, i.e. Web Server Result (HTML Error) Codes / HTML Error Codes / WWW Error Messages / HTTP Status Messages. It  takes for its subject glitches, delays and crashes, cracks and gaps in the ‘perfect’ system of technology-based everyday life at the beginning of the 21st century. Fritz decides to displace those functional messages out of their ‘natural’ technological environment and questions their real function. In the original environment, those messages have the function of showing us the possibility of the system to communicate with us, delivering messages about its internal processes. Through the selection of particular messages, Fritz decides to pinpoint the emptiness of the global digital database (204 NO CONTENT, 404 FILE NOT FOUND), the exhaustion of its resources (503 OUT OF RESOURCES), the hidden rules according to which the system accepts or rejects our actions (406 NOT ACCEPTABLE), the existence of different systems and their structural incompatibility (405 UNSUPPORTED MEDIA TYPE), as well as invisible trajectories and movements within the system itself (302 MOVED TEMPORARILY). Through those actions of decontextualization of system messages, Fritz erases the illusion of their functionality; he turns them into what they actually are – ornamental screens whose purpose is to hide the holes in the system. 

Darko Fritz 
is artist and independent curator and researcher. He was born in 1966, in Croatia, and currently he lives and works in Amsterdam, Zagreb and Kor?ula. He studied architecture at the University of Zagreb [1986 - 1989] and art at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam [1990 - 1992]. His work fills the gap between contemporary art practices and media art culture. He has worked with video since 1988 and created his first computer-generated environment in 1988 [Cathedral]. He is using the Internet as artistic medium since 1994. He presents his works in different contexts and environments: galleries / museums, Internet, broadcast media and public spaces. Recently he has been developing horticultural units [flower/organic installations] in public spaces, transgressing the contents from the digital domain.
His research on histories of international computer-generated art resulted in several publications and exhibitons that went public since 2000, when he curated the world’s first historic retrospective exhibition of the field. He has curated numerous exhibitions and edited companion exhibition catalogues for print and web publication, including I am Still Alive (early computer-generated art and recent low-tech and internet art), Zagreb, 2000; CLUB.NL - contemporary art and art networks from the Netherlands, Dubrovnik, 2000; Bit International - Computers and Visual Research, [New] Tendencies, Zagreb 19611973, Neue Galerie, Graz, 2007 and ZKM, Karlsruhe, 2008; Reconstruction: private=public=private=public=, Belgrade, 2009 and Angles and Intersections (co-curated with Christiane Paul, Nina Czegledy, Ellena Rosi and Peter Dobrila), Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, 2009. As editor for media art at net portal Culturenet (since 2002), he edited related database and published "A Brief Overview of Media Art in Croatia (Since the 1960s)". In 2010 he start the research on the beginning of computer-generated art in the Netherlands, awarded by the grant by the Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam.
Fritz is founder and programmer of the grey) (area – space of contemporary and media art since 2006