Virtual Vinča is an interdisciplinary digital art work of student Natalija Stojanović at the University of Art in Belgrade, Serbia.
As a research scholar financed by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Serbia Natalija chose to specialize in archaeology. She created a website with the aim of showing the public the Neolithic figurines excavated from 1998 to 2009 (and the most famous ones) at the archaeological site Vinča-Belo Brdo.
Apart from creating 3D models of the figurines, Natalija added to this website her unique reconstructions of some of the fragmented ones, her illustrated VR panoramas of the archaeological site, illustrated texts of various aspects of the life of the Neolithic people and other artifacts found on the site, as well as her animation that shows how the figurines might have been made. With her design, Natalija put all of these elements into a whole, a website.
This work respects the expertise of archaeologists in the representation of the past. All the professional texts about the figurines and the Vinča culture were written by professor Ph.D. N. Tasić for this occasion. The figurines were arranged according to the system of scientific classification, based on their typology. At the same time, this website shows the artists view of the past and her subjective relationship to the digital medium. This relationship was influenced by her previous education as an illustrator and can be characterized as a blend of traditional and digital art.
We hope that this website will help in strengthening the visibility of cultural heritage. We also hope that it will provide appropriate experience for the for further expansion of artistic practice and a good basis for better cooperation between art and science in the future.