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(Presentation at Harvard University: MA. Srnic – New Media Genres )
The first-year students of  The Faculty of Culturology in Osijek  (Croatia, Europe)   had to make experiments with glasses, light and  liquid as a topic named “Creative Glasses” while attending “New Media Genres” board, lectured by M.A. Vesna Srnic,  Art Historian and professor of Comparative Literature. Students have inventively made photographs of glasses as the abstractions, using only their cell phones! The aim of this project, realized at the seminary, was to encourage students to explore and reinvent the Reality with a new approach to seeing.

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Vandana Shiva, Indian philosopher/phisicist, feminist and ecologist, had a conference “Earth Democracy” at the Subversive Festival in the Croatian capital Zagreb on 14th May, 2015. She is famous for her feminist activism in movement Chipko during 1970’s while hugging the trees. She defended her doctoral disertation in Canada in 1978: „Hidden Variables and Non-locality in Quantum Theory“.

 

As Wikipedia states: “Vandana Shiva (Hindi: वंदना शिवा: born 5 November 1952) is an Indian environmental activist and anti-globalization author.[2] Shiva, currently based in Delhi, has authored more than 20 books.[3] She received her PhD from the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Graduate Studies, in Canada, in 1978 with the doctoral dissertation “Hidden variables and locality in quantum theory.”[4]

She is one of the leaders and board members of the International Forum on Globalization, (along with Jerry Mander, Edward Goldsmith, Ralph Nader, Jeremy Rifkin, et al.), and a figure of the global solidarity movement known as the alter-globalization movement.[5] She has argued for the wisdom of many traditional practices, as is evident from her interview in the book Vedic Ecology (by Ranchor Prime) that draws upon India’s Vedic heritage. She is a member of the scientific committee of the Fundacion IDEAS, Spain’s Socialist Party’s think tank.[6] She is also a member of the International Organization for a Participatory Society.[7] She received the Right Livelihood Award in 1993, and numerous other prizes.”

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Interacting global” and local” in the glocal” is our way of softening the boundaries by encountering “foreignand domestic” as a form of struggle against xenophobia or fear of strangers. On 9th May we presented two simultaneous dancing and meditative performances: passionate Irish dancer Paul O’Grady performed traditional Irish dances, while Chinese meditative dance TaiChi was performed by Chinese professor Wang Qian, a lecturer at the Confucius Institute and the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb. PUBLICATION_on Glocal Art

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Fountain_Square_Slavonski Brod (Photo by Media-Via)Thanks to the support of the Croatian Ministry of Culture, the European House, Tourist Board and the Department for EU integration, we continue for the third year with our performative project “World Image and Performativeness of Glocal Consciousness”. The link between “global” and “local” in the “Glocal” is our way of softening the borders of meeting “foreign” and “domestic” as a form of fighting xenophobia or fear of foreigners. We will present two simultaneous dancing and meditative performances: Irish dancer Paul O’Grady will perform traditional Irish dances, and Chinese Professor Wang Qian, lecturer at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb will introduce Chinese meditative dance Tai-Chi. Their performances are expected to turn into workshops of animating the students of “Faculty of Educational Sciences in Osijek”, study in Slavonski Brod, as well as other interested observers at the town square “Ivana Brlić Mažuranić”, on Saturday, May 9, at 12 am.

Scientists – participants: Dr. Kruno Martinac (Murdoch university, Melbourne), Ph.D Lino Veljak (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb), Assistant Professor MA. Vladimir Frelih and Art Assistant Domagoj Susac (Art Academy in Osijek, Osijek), Dr. Divna Vuksanovic (Faculty of Drama Arts, Belgrade), Dr. Dragan Calovic (Faculty for culture and media, Beograd), Ph.D Zdravko Palavra (ICT teacher, Daruvar), Dr. Jugoslav Gojkovic (J. Bencevic hospital, psychiatrist, Slavonski Brod) , and Ph.D Vesna Srnic (NO “Culture, media and education” – ARTHEA president, the author of the project). http://glocal-art.ning.com

Elaborating in an abstract and impersonal way, we start from the position that the performativity of the “World Image and Performativiness of Glocal Consciousness” is reflexive and critical, meditative art event, which is not preferring “Image” in itself, nor is rejecting it, at least not the way W.J.T. Mitchell talks in his book “What Do Pictures Want?” (93-96 pages).

In fact, Mitchell believes that the Images “live” because, apparently, we bring life to them or we iconoclasticly destroy that life in pictures … But we stand on the point of view that due to the reflection of a performative artwork there are no primitive fantasies (the types of “idol, fetish, totem”) that would include or exclude the Image, but contrary there is the anthropological establishing of ontological phenomenon of “to be here and now” (Dasain, Heidegger), which results in an artistic transpersonal existential actualization.

Mitchell states that the especially “totem” is collective representation, and totemic rituals are “the crazy guilt of social differentations” (page 99), which is an anthropological position between “natural” and “cultural” (page 101). Supported by the inscription of Durkheim’s allegations Mitchell believes that the “Image of the totem is happier than totem itself” (page 101), and so that totemism is an example of birth of Images (procreation), where the Image is “God” …

We believe that by the performativity of artistic event we can avoid birth or death of the “Image” as a fantasy monster, as a political coloration, and as far as Mitchell is fascinated by the monumentality of Images, by the gigantism of technology or as he says by the “dinosaur” – the totem, the animal of modernity, we see the “Image” or its Absence as contemplation in the space and time.

According to his obviously “necessary” fantasy thinking, Mitchell asks: “Do we create images or do they create us?” (page 105) In that sense this inevitability is supported by the explanation of totemism: “Totemism allows the image to assume a social, conversational, and dialectical relationship with the beholder, the way a doll or a stuffed animal does with children.” (page 106) Consequently, it is an example where Mitchell himself immaturely shows this dangerous infantilism in his theses!

The project “World Image and Performativeness of Glocal Consciousness” set the “World Image” in the spatial – temporal depletion zone with “No Images”, without infantile fantasies and desires, while keeping only the normal “middle existential path” (Media-Via).

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http://glocal-art.ning.com

Watch_BZCulturenet.hr informs: “A lot of people spend a lot of money on EXCLUSIVE watches in order to differentiate themselves from the «regular» people, and to show off their social status. Bruketa & Žinić OM agency suggests you do the complete opposite. Design your first Inclusive Watch. Make your own time.

Inclusive Watch consists of a pen and your imagination. Open, think of something cool, then get busy. Inclusive Watch includes your personality and displays your creativity. It’s also fun to draw on your own hand and it’s always a great conversation starter.

The watches were made in collaboration with Lega-lega.

Bruketa&Žinić OM / Davor Bruketa, Nikola Žinić (Creative Directors, Copywriters), Nebojša Cvetković (Art Director, Copywriter), Zrinka Jugec, Zorana Šafar (Account Directors), Martina Ivkić, Svjetlana Vukić (Account Managers), Vesna Đurašin (Production Manager), Radovan Radičević (DTP), IBL (Print), Domagoj Kunić (Photographer), Bold studio (Video Production)”

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(Image/still from video – courtesy of Culturenet.hr)

 

“PhD. Biserka Cvjeticanin’s book “Culture in the age of networks” deals with the analysis of cultural policy (and cultural policies) as one of the most interesting and extremely important public policy of modern society and modern democracy. It turned out that all the companies that neglect this aspect of public policy sooner or later lose one of the key dimensions of development and through a crisis of identity as a recognizable element in today’s pluralistic world. Therefore, the topic of this work is scientifically and professionally relevant just as much as development of society itself.

The author always starts from the actual problems of cultural reality and cultural policy. Her views and opinions are not derived from the general principles and norms of culture and cultural politics but from real-life contemporary cultural processes. Even when starting from some general principles (for example of the general and universal principles of the United Nations, UNESCO or other international, both scientific and political bodies and organizations) she examines these principles in the light of their actual feasibility, their reception in concrete social environments. The author in her approach primarily has in mind how these principles are perceived, translated, implemented or not implemented.

This work analyzes the Croatian culture and cultural policy in the light of the fact that Croatia has become a full member of the European Union and that in its future cultural policy and strategy should incorporate three basic strategic direction of the EU: the promotion of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, the development of creative industries in the broadest sense and strengthening the role of culture in Croatian external relations.”

Biserka Cvjeticanin Ph.D., is a Senior Scientific Researcher at the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO), Zagreb, Croatia (former IMO – Institute for International Relations that changed its name in March 2013) and director of the Culturelink Network. Ms. Cvjeticanin was a former Deputy Minister of Culture (2000-2004). Ms. Cvjetičanin studied at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Sorbonne, Paris, and at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Her research interests include cultural development, cultural policies and intercultural communication. She is the author of numerous books, studies and articles on cultural development and intercultural communication and the editor of several proceedings.

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Hrvatska sveucilisna naklada, Zagreb, Croatia / Croatian University Publishing, Zagreb, Croatia

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http://www.eenc.info/expert/biserka-cvjeticanin/ (European Expert Network on Culture – EENC)

Glocal_ebookIt is a great pleasure to inform you that the Zagreb’s prestigious publishing house Jesenski and Turk” has just released the copyright collection of scientific papers Glocal Multimedia Art“, written by Ph.D Vesna Srnic, Media-Via president. It is in the format of ebook, in English, since the majority of works were published in the American/Australian magazines.

The book was presented in Rovinj on 27th November, 2014 at the conference “Glocal” (Archives, libraries, museums akm), in collaboration with Ph. D. Mirna Willer (picture on the right, dr. Willer presenting e-book).predstavljanje_eknjiga_dr_Willer_Rovinj

A link to a free download ebook is:

http://www.jesenski-turk.hr/?active=knjiga&book=107634&lang=en

The reviewers of the book are Ph. D. Lino Veljak, a Professor at the Department of ontology at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb, and Ph. D. Biserka Cvjeticanin, a senior scientist at the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO), Zagreb, as well as a head of global networks for research and cooperation in cultural development Culturelink and member of the Scientific Council of UNESCO for Europe (2012th-2016th).

From the review:

Establishing a nGlocal_Multimedia_Art_contentsew virtual reality mediated by the multimedia technology undoubtedly deserves the highest level of attention to critical scholarship, and as part of the disclosure of this new reality of eternal question about the meaning and significance of artistic creation, takes on a new dimension, which imperatively requires a systematic critical approach. The author’s intention is aimed at contributing such an approach. (Ph. D. Lino Veljak)

 

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Frelih_Petrovic_Tote_Mitte_Mrtva_sredina“With series of works exhibited in this exhibition, the artists directly say that their security at central line art deadens them. “Losing the center” (Verlust der Mitte) in this dead security is being replaced by minimizing the artistic (sometimes technical) terms, but not the visual impression. In this context, the authors have indicated many times proven architectural postulate of the modern era: “Less is more”, thinks Igor Loinjak.

Vladimir Frelih was born in Osijek. From 1994 to 2000 he studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in classes with Professor Nan Hoover, Nam June Paik and Magdalene Jetelova. Since 2008 he is assistant professor at the Department of Fine Arts, Art Academy in Osijek.

Gastzimmer, Stuttgart, Njemačka
20th November, 2014 – 30th November, 2014

Atelier Wilhelmstrasse 16 e.V.
Wilhelmstrasse 16
70372 Stuttgart Bad Cannstatt

Vladimir Frelih Biography/ in Croatian

Ana Petrovic Biography

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Image (courtesy of author Vladimir Frelih)

HNKA new project of “The Croatian National Theater” (HNK)- “The Philosophy Theater”, which was organized and moderated by Srecko Horvat, one of the leading Croatian philosophers of younger generation, has been presented at “The Theater Night”, on 15th November. The first guest ofPhilosophy Theater” was Julia Kristeva, a Bulgarian-French leftist philosopher, poststructuralist, literary critic, psychoanalyst, sociologist, feminist, and, most recently, novelist, who has lived in France since the mid-1960s. She is now a Professor at the University Paris Diderot. Horvat plans the collaboration with famous philosopher Slavoj Zizek as well.

Nov. 15, the premiere of a Kristeva’s play “Therese my love” was performed Julia Kristeva à Paris en 2008.jpgby an actress Alma Prica and  later followed by the discussion about her leftist work, psychoanalysis, melancholy and love.

A quartermaster Dubravka Vrgoc was very happy to announce the beggining of this project. Horvat plans the collaboration with famous philosopher Slavoj Zizek as well: “It is a great honor to be with the world’s leading philosopher in the National Theatre, Slavoj Zizek, precisely for the first time Zizek will try his hand as a playwright, with its own version of “Antigone”. Horvat adds that they don’t know who will be the director of the play but the whole idea of “Philosophy Theater” can be seen as a potential for changing the consciousness of people.

“Sarter used to come to Croatia as well, it is necessary to continue this tradition! Between philosophy and theater connection has always existed, but it is recently lost and it should be returned. Our theater should deepen the relationship between philosophy and theater, concluded Horvat. ”

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As “London Evening Standard” informs Monty Python’s Flying Circus will perform “a historic reunion” at O2 Arena, in Jul 1-5 & 15-20, but doubts as well if they will still be hysterically funny after all these years?
“Due to overwhelming popular demand, the Pythons have added a further five shows to the Monty Python Live (mostly) run at the The O2 arena, on 15, 16, 18, 19, 20 July 2014.” Tickets were on-sale at 10am on Friday 29 November.

“Tickets for the first reunion performance on 1 July sold out in a record 43.5 seconds. A further four extra dates (2 – 5 July) went on sale immediately and sold out soon afterwards.”

Monty Python (sometimes known as The Pythons) are a British surreal comedy group that created Monty Python’s Flying Circus, a British television comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. Forty-five episodes were made over four series. The Python phenomenon developed from the television series into something larger in scope and impact, spawning touring stage shows, films, numerous albums, several books and a stage musical as well as launching the members to individual stardom. The group’s influence on comedy has been compared to The Beatles’ influence on music

katamijatovic_canalgrandeThe Croatian multimedia artist Kata Mijatovic is going to exhibit her work at the 55th Venice Biennale, which will be held from 1st June to 24th November on the topic ‘Il Palazzo Enciclopedico’ given by the Biennale art director Massimiliano Gioni. Mijatovic’s crew has filmed the video in Canal Grande where she has been sleeping in a gondola…

“The Dream Archive is a domain where visitors can place/archive their dreams.  The Archive will in due course include and connect interactive forms that will open communication towards the research of the phenomenon of dreams in art, psychology, sociology, and philosophy. The inclusion of a large number of participants will create a global ‘pool’ of dreams; open a space to explore what it is that people dream about today, and ask questions to which we still don’t have the answers – why do people dream, and what is the function of the unconscious in the construction of reality. In our times, the world is functioning increasingly as a multiplied, pre-agreed construction of the conscious ‘self’. This dominant model of constructing the reality is a ready-made blueprint that we are born into. ‘Images’ of the world, which the conscious self emits today with increasing speed, most often serve purely to maintain or add to the existing constructions. These constructions however do not include the knowledge of the unknown, nor its help in the personal discovery of the mystery of existence on a universal level, and at the same time this ‘internal’ space defines us more than we are ready to acknowledge.”

The curator, famous expert for Avant garde Art, prof. Branko Franceschi, chose her work „Archiving the dreams“ as a sort of „mapping the hidden, unattended unconscious dimensions of Reality“. The Author’s long term project is based on collecting, writing and using the other people’s Dreams. You can ask yourself about the meaning of subconsciousness in constructing the Reality, as well as add your dreams in writing at Arhiv snova” (Dream Archive).
(Photography of Kata Mijatovic’s performance at the filming of “Unconscious: Canal Grande” video at the dawn of May, 22nd under the Rialto bridge. (Courtesy of Curator)

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Bruno Budrovic (illustration)Comics appeared officially in the United States in the second half  of the 19th century – not by chance  in  the age of onset and strong affirmation of the mass media: photography and film. The comics are an important cultural phenomenon and that was explained to us in the 1970s thanks to several theorists of visual communication. Special thanks goes to the very respected Dr Vera Horvat- Pintaric, as she made ​​of it an object of wider interest, singled it out of  “despised consumer goods” and introduced it to the Faculty as a subject of study (with posters, photography, film, television, commercials, video, thus normally “academic” science was not dealt with) .
( Part of the introduction of the exhibition about Comics created by the Croatian internationally famous artist/illustrator Bruno Budrovic and Josip Majic in the Miroslav Kraljevic Gallery, Zagreb, 1995.)

(Bruno Budrovic, Illustration, courtesy of the artist)

The Italian theorist Umberto Eco, one of the renowned scholars of mass media, including comics, analyses  the complexities of the mediain in his book “The Interpretation of Steve Canyon”, which can be recognized on the semantic (symbolic), ideological and anthropological level.Josip Majic, Camp (Courtesy of the artist)

The basic element of semantics of the comics is a conventional sign of “the bubble” that accompanies the standardization of a mood: if it ends with the sharp edge, leading to the person who talks, “the bubble” means “direct talk”, then if it ends in a series of bubbles, it indicates “the reflective discourse”, and finally if the “bubble” has serrated edge then it indicates excitement, fear, etc.

A graphic sign is also an important element, especially used in the sonorous service as an onomatopoeic extension resource of a language (eg. “zip” of a bullet, “gulp” of an astonishment), but it is often taken from English and put into other languages, losing direct contact with the meaning (“smack” or blow of a fist ).

These semantic elements constitute a particular grammar of cadre, referring to the impact of the film, especially the form of montage. However, the comic has the original montage: not achieving a steady flow with fixed frames as a movie, but it is achieved through ideal continuity of breaking the continuum of basic elements that the reader in imagination connects and sees as a continuum. Such elliptical process, from the standpoint of communication means programmatic removal of redundancy, hence allowing a high information capacity.

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Performance: Sleeping between Heaven and Earth (Mijatovic, 2010). Image courtesy of CuratorThe Croatian multimedia artist Kata Mijatovic is going to exhibit her work at the 55th Venice Biennale, which will be held from 1st June to 24th November on the topic ‘Il Palazzo Enciclopedico’ given by the Biennale art director Massimiliano Gioni. The work can be seen/created at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka at 20th February.

The curator, famous expert for Avant garde Art, prof. Branko Franceschi, chose her work „Archiving the dreams“ as a sort of „mapping the hidden, unattended unconscious dimensions of Reality“. The Author’s long term project is based on collecting, writing and using the other people’s Dreams.

You can ask yourself about the meaning of subconsciousness in constructing the Reality, as well as add your dreams in writing at Facebook profile Arhiv snova” (Dream Archive).

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A roundatable The NGO “Culture, Media and Education” – ARTHEA successfully implemented multicultural project, created by president dr. Vesna Srnic, named “WORLD IMAGE AND PERFORMATIVENESS OF GLOCAL CONSCIOUSNESS”. The project was finalised on 10th May, at 12 am at the town square in the form of performance (dance of the Indian girl Gayatri) and as an international roundtable / symposium in the conference hall of Hotel Art in Slavonski Brod, Croatia. Croatian “Ministry of culture”  informs on our project on their web page Culturenet.hr.
Our project exRoundtableamines orchestration of the World Image through global and local considerations, therefore, the glocal-art strives to eliminate the negative effects of globalization on the vitality on the one hand and localizations of nationalisms on the other . The purpose of the global and local ( glocal ) reflection on the multicultural project is easing the fear from/of foreigners or xenophobia, and was prepared in the framework of the EU week in Brod-Posavina County. More about the project can be found on the NGOs online platform, social network http://glocal-art.ning.com.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mm8VuahDEUYIndian dancer Gayatri at the Town square

The project implementation participants :
Prof. doc. Vladimir Frelich from the Academy of Arts, Osijek and graduate Lucija Jakovina, Ph.D. Vesna Srnic, external collaborator of The Faculty of Teachers’ education in Osijek, dislocated study in Slavonski Brod with students Tanja Djuric and Iva Bagaric, Doctors of science of Association NGO “New peas”, Belgrade, Serbia: Dr. Vlatko Ilić and Dr. Aleksandra Brakus, MA. Jugoslav Gojkovic, Dr. med. psychiatrist,
Ph.D. Zdravko Palavra, Information and communication sciences, Embassy of the Republic of India, Zagreb and professional dancer Gayatri Maric, as well as Europe House Slavonski Brod and head of the EU direct Prof. Bozica Sedlic.

Colleagues who did not attend, have been included in the discussion and exchange of information across our virtual online platform, social network http://glocal–art.ning.com: distinguished anthropologists Ph.D. Vanja Bors from Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb and Dr. Semir Osmanagic with dual addresses in Houston and Sarajevo, visual communications theorist Dr. Kruno Martinac from Melbourne, MA. doc. Vladimir Frelih from the Art Academy in Osijek , as well as Professors Dr. DivnaVuksanovic and Dr. Dragan Calovic media aestheticians, mediologists and co-organisators of an international symposium Philosophy of media.
The project is being implemented in collaboration with the European House in Slavonski Brod , under the auspices of the Town Slavonski Brod, Brod- Posavina County and the Administrative Department of Development and European Integration.

(Croatian “Ministry of culture”  informs on our project on their web page Culturenet.hr.)

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ikonica_Event_MV“Quantified Self to Essential Self: mind and body as partners in health” is a talk with Linda Stone at MIT on April 10th, but seems as a weak idea of computer and human multitasking in multimedia art.

Stone claims that “Quantified Self to Essential Self  is a key movement to bring us into a more harmonious relationship with our bodymind and with technology. The Quantified Self movement celebrates “self-knowledge through numbers.” In our current love affair with QS, we tend to focus on data and the mind. Technology helps manage and mediate that relationship. The body is in there somewhere, too, as a sort of “slave” to the mind and the technology.”

She elaborates “However, in our relationship with technology, we easily fall out of touch with our bodies. We know how many screen hours we’ve logged, but we are less likely to be able to answer the question: “How do you feel?””

Stone had asked questions, and tried to answer: “So, what is Essential Self and what technologies might we develop? The Essential Self is that pure sense of presence — the “I am.” The Essential Self is about our connection with our essential nature. The physical body, our senses and feelings are often responsive to our behaviors, to others, and to activities in ways to which we fail to attend. What if we cultivated our capacity to tune in in the same way animals tune in? What if we had a set of supportive technologies that could help us tune in to our Essential Self? Passive, ambient, non-invasive technologies are emerging as tools to help support our Essential Self. Some of these technologies work with light, music, or vibration to support “flow-like” states.”

Stone tried to conclude: “While quantified self technologies offer value by contributing to awareness (of steps, pulse ox, HRV, etc.), Essential Self Technologies support us in tapping into the wisdom of the body. Quantified Self is to Essential Self as syntax is to semantics”

But this weak idea of computer and human multitasking in multimedia art is just Stone’s question without answers…Media Via’s editor Dr Srnic gives the answer in her scientific paper: PHD SRNIC: MULTITASKING ACTUALISATION IN MULTIMEDIA ART

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Vocal_vibrations“We know that health has an impact on the voice. Conversely, can the voice affect our physical and mental conditioning?” From March 28, 2014 to September 29, 2014, for its 18th Experiment,  The Laboratory Paris presents Vocal Vibrations by Tod Machover, composer and inventor, and Neri Oxman, architect and designer, both from the MIT Media Lab, which explores the issue of voice and its impact on the body.le_laboratoire

As we read at La Laboratoire web page: “From 28 March to 29 September 2014, Vocal Vibrations, an original installation and design, invites the public to discover the relationship between sound vibrations stimulated by voice and their effects on human physiology, with sensory, unique and exceptional experience. This experience has been realized in collaboration with The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi, Buddhist monk, director of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values ​​of MIT, the bold-design studio, Professor Craig Carter of MIT, Situ Fabrication, Stratasys, and a team composed of researchers from MIT Elly Jessop, Rebecca Kleinberger, Charles Holbrow and Al Grodzinsky.”

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“How to Love and Criticize Technology at the Same Time” is a Media Lab conversation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Jaron Lanier will talk with Ken Perlin, Hiroshi Ishii, and Pattie Maes on Wednesday, March 05, 2014. 

Media_LabLanier elaborates: “There’s a new upwelling of anti-technology feeling that needs to be countered by sympathetic technologists. We’ve brought it on ourselves. If we go around bragging that we’ll live forever, and that people shouldn’t worry about little issues like jobs because the singularity is about to happen, we should expect ridicule.”

As MIT informs “Jaron Lanier worked for Marvin Minsky at Atari research on Kendall Square at the start of the 1980s. He either coined or popularized the term “Virtual Reality” and in the early 1980s founded VPL Research, the first company to sell VR products. He led the team that developed the first implementations of multi-person virtual worlds using head mounted displays, for both local and wide area networks, as well as the first “avatars,” or representations of users within such systems.”

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The American “International Journal of Multidisciplinary Thought” has just published in Volume 03/ Number 03 (for internal use) scientific work “Multitasking Actualisation in Multimedia Art” written by Media-Via’s editor PhD Vesna Srnic.

IJMTIn the long run, multitasking can, when used superficially, cause damage to memory and studying, and can even lead to weakened wisdom. The aim of this paper was to show all ways in which we can deepen our experience and find existential foothold in multitasking multimedia art, both technological and human. The key process in artistic multitasking is, as Sartre explained, a proactive existence of the body, and we add: by intensified experience through emotional cognition, disciplined calming of the mind and intensified attention.Although most researchers mention great stress and adrenaline release in intense situations of multitasking operations, we think the opposite: in multimedia artistic performances multitasking helps achieve a state of deep contemplation through which perceived existence can be adapted and recreated.We are first to bring the papers in public:

“Multitasking is a notion taken from the computer technology area and refers to simultaneous execution of multiple tasks or processes, so we can differentiate between computer and human multitasking. Although in computer multitasking tasks are being executed one by one, its complex arrangement helps build the world of illusionary parallelism known as symmetric multiprocessing.

Human multitasking has been frequently criticized as a simultaneous execution of several commonplace activities such as making phone calls and driving a car, which most frequently leads to distraction and damage to short-term memory.  However, this problem can be solved by repetition and practice, especially if the tasks are interesting and amusing. Scientists believe that such continuous attention is only partial and specific to multitasking and that such cognition is not deep enough.  An example of the most popular and most commercial multitasking is media multitasking – simultaneous usage of the Internet and web, e-mail or electronic mail, television, telephone, radio, video games, CD player etc. Research has shown that not only younger generations are especially skilful at these activities, but older generations as well. Still, it has to be emphasized that distraction and the need to be informed have prevailed over the importance of studying.

However, this paper aims to introduce the notion of ‘multimedia art’ into the sphere of multitasking and to prove that multimedia art is a fertile ground for its application due to its exceptional capacity of orchestrated affective experience of artistic action, and that it is also very convenient for rooting the basic energy of existential support in authenticity and organic memory.”

Here is the full text of scientific paper: PHD SRNIC: MULTITASKING ACTUALISATION IN MULTIMEDIA ART

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A famous American Art Historian Dr. W.J.T. Mitchell, well known for his exceptional opus in visual arts theory, will be a keynote speaker at the Center for Visual Studies conference in Zagreb, from 7th to 9th November, 2013. As the author of the book “What do Pictures want?”, he continuously asks about the “lives and loves of images”, discusses their synergy with technology and mass media, pointing out the contemporary human reality as woven in cyborging and biocybernetics, and concludes that “we will never be done with asking what images mean, what effects they have on us, and what they want from us.”  The author of this observation, Media-Via editor and president PhD Vesna Srnic offers the possible solution, based on her doctoral disertation “Electronic Media and Aesthetics in Postfeminist Theory”: Just deeply synaesthetic phenomenon of “Here and Now” as the affective experience without Images, Sounds and Words – does count as the Mastery!


Agreeing with Dr. Mitchell’s colleague Dr. M.B. Hansen on a thesis statement about the penetrating, sharp intensity of digitalizing regime, as well as about the formatting and framing the content in such artistic media, Dr. Mitchell chooses just posthumanistic pesimistic attitude to discuss, what is a prevailed case in wide global range. The glass with water can be seen as half-full or half-empty! Our opinion is that deep affective perception in Life and Art makes that the Artist who treats technology as a tool and extension, is phenomenologically present in existence holistically, not as a Hermaphrodite, nor Cyborg or Grey, but charismatically as the Live Master in the Media Art. Thus we all of us should be the Artists of applying the hardware and software in wetware, performing deeply affective body and soul language. Just deeply synaesthetic phenomenon of “Here and Now” as the affective experience without Images, Sounds and Words – does count as the Mastery!

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A Vacation From History is a magical journey unfolding on the border between dream and reality in which the audience – deprived of the usual theatrical ritual and spectator’s distance – takes part with their entire being.The performance Vacation from History by Shadow Casters will be presented to national and international attendants and collaborators of the IETM (International network for contemporary performing arts, Zagreb, October25-28) plenary session on October 26th at 7pm and on October 27th at 11am.

A Vacation from History is also a multimedia theatre performance in which the Shadow Casters re-establish a new synergy with the audience each time it is performed, making each performance unique in content. It  is a meta(physical) comment on Kafka’s work: a travel to the edge of collective and individual consciousness, through the realms of dream and death as the only safe refuges from history. Vacation from History, has been presented by international theater festivals in Croatia and abroad: Zagreb, Pula, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Subotica, Maribor and Cluj and was awarded: Special Jury Prize BITEF 2009, the 2008 “Avaz dragon” Award at the 48th MESS Festival, 2010 “Cloud” Main Award of the 16th Pula International Festival PUF.

Shadow Casters is a non-profit international artistic and production platform for interdisciplinary collaboration, creativity and reflection on inter-media art. Working with public urban space through various art interventions and projects is one of the main areas on which their work is focussed.

Concept: Boris Bakal

Script, Director: Boris Bakal, Katarina Pejovic

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Ivan Kozaric by Luka Mjeda, '98 (MSU, photo MV)Ivan Kožarić’s exhibition “Freedom Is a Rare Bird” will be opened on June 21 at Haus der Kunst in Munich as a collaborative project with the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Croatia. (Pictures from the Museum of Contemporary Art (by MV))

“Why to live if not freely” says the author and writes the motto on the wall of the Croatian MSU museum as well. “I’m not an artist but I am, nevertheless, a bad sculptor. Through my search, I came to the point where I can say that I am on the trail to discover art, and I am content with that.” (Ivan Kožarić)

Ivan Kožarić (born in 1921 in Petrinja, lives and works in Zagreb) completed his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in the late 1940s. He has since become one of the most influential postwar avant-garde artists in what was once Yugoslavia. “Freedom is a Rare Bird” represents six decades of his complex artistic oeuvre and is the most comprehensive survey exhibition to date to be devoted to the sculptor outside of his native Croatia.

Kožarić has always kept the character of his works open. He reworks earlier pieces, reprocesses earlier ideas, and intentionally dates works inaccurately or incorrectly. To do justice to this openness, the exhibition is organized according to thematic connections within his work, rather than to chronology, style, or development.

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Breda Beban, Arte Vivo (Courtesy of the curator)“Although there is something classical in the composition that in Breda’s figures of kisses develops from tongues and heads positions suggesting a spiral movement that will eventually propel the lovers in the sky, not unlike the baroque representations of ascension, the kiss in her Arte Vivo assumes the form of political viewpoint and not only about the social reality at that, but about the universal order as well.“(Branko Franceschi: The Adventure of Emotions). The exhibition is moved from the Italian “Trieste Contemporanea” Studio Tommaseo to  NO gallery of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Croatia/MSU (20th June, 2013 – 3rd July 2013)

Culture wise, the implications are numerous: from philosophical, as in Plato’s Symposium, to those strictly artistic in masterpieces of modernism as in works by Rodin, Munch, Brancusi, Picasso, Warhol and others. Obviously, the realisation of civilisation of democracy and liberal sexuality highlighted the intimacy of kiss as a theme of mainstream art, but it is not accidental that it was Vivo Dito of a female artist to point at the universal and quintessentially emancipating nature of its public display.

Breda Beban was an artist, filmmaker and curator/creative producer whose work deals with contemporary notions of subjectivity and emotion that occur on the margins of big stories about geography, politics and love. Breda Beban’s films and photographs are recognized as unique expressions of intimacy, vulnerability and authenticity.

Breda Beban died in London in 2012 fighting to the bitter end for the intensity of  life that she was promoting by her art. The fate coupled these two activists (Beban/Alberto Greco) in the great narration about meaning and role of art that marked the culture of the 20th century. Their voices added passion to this central theme that could be generated only from the so called ‘cultural margins’ they themselves stemmed from and without which the ‘centre’, as Croatian art historian Želimir Košcevic once said, wouldn’t be anything else but a ‘black hole’.

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Kronos at 40

Kronos Quartet celebrates its 40th anniversary and launches a fifth decade of innovation and exploration with an impressive array of projects and special events during its 2013-14 season. Since Kronos’ debut concert at North Seattle Community College in November, 1973, it has become one of the most influential groups in any musical genre. They changed the way chamber music is presented by incorporating sound and lighting design, and theatrical elements. On July 14 they will perform free mega-concert at Stern Grove Festival in San Francisco.

Highlights of Kronos’ program include the world premiere of Notoation, a festival-commissioned work by electronic musician Amon Tobin; Death Is the Road to Awe by Clint Mansell, from his soundtrack to Darren Aronofsky’s film The Fountain; plus works by Café Tacvba, Ramallah Underground, and others.

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As the Culturenet informs “Sanja Iveković’s solo exhibition Waiting for the Revolution is on view from June 2 to September 16 at Mudam in Luxemburg. Curators are Christophe Gallois and Enrico Lunghi.

Sanja Iveković, a central figure on the Croatian art scene, has developed an engaged artistic practice since the early 1970s, animated by questions of genre, media, identity, and the public and private spheres. Her exhibition at Mudam – a decade after her unprecedentedly controversial public space project Lady Rosa of Luxembourg, which addressed the often -overlooked role of women in wartime – will present a large panorama of her works realised from 1975 to the present.”

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New Wave Architecture‘s proposal (one of eight) for the 2015 Milan Expo demonstrates an essence of Iran brought together in a series of organic forms. The expo’s theme, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”, is encapsulated the designer’s exploration in culture, literature and Iranian art. The conceptual idea behind New Wave’s proposal, The Persian Garden, reflects the cycle of a tree: the organism is fed by the soil, grows and blossoms, before nourishing people and spreading throughout the earth “to asset its support”” – can be read at the ArchDaily.

Persian_gardenThe portal continues that “according to the architects, “the tree offers a pleasant space on its shadow, carries natural ventilation and becomes a rain shelter in the rainy days of Milan.” “Iran’s pavilion should be an alluring depiction of its long-time civilization, art, historical characteristics and cultural events with having close connection with agronomics, food and technology.”

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Architects: Lida Almassian, Shahin Heidari
Design Associates: Zahra Hamedani, Helaleh Alaei, Mohammad Keshavarzi, Fatemeh Dehghani, Soheila Zahedi,Golnaz Baharami, Mona Ramzi, Maryam Shokouhi, Sara Milani Nia
Year: 2015
Photographs: Courtesy of the New Wave Architecture (by Memari Mojeno to Media-Via)

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Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007), a controversial German composer,  “one of the great visionaries of 20th-century music”, was born on 22 August befHelicopter String Quartetore 85 years. He is known for his ground-breaking work in electronic music, aleatory (controlled chance) in serial composition, and musical spatialization. Stockhausen, along with John Cage, is one of the few avant-garde composers to have succeeded in penetrating the popular consciousness.

He was educated at the Hochschule für Musik Köln and the University of Cologne, and later studied with Olivier Messiaen in Paris, and with Werner Meyer-Eppler at the University of Bonn.

Some of his notable compositions include the series of nineteen Klavierstücke (Piano Pieces), Kontra-Punkte for ten instruments, the electronic/musique-concrète Gesang der Jünglinge, Gruppen for three orchestras, the percussion solo Zyklus, Kontakte, the cantata Momente, the live-electronic Mikrophonie I, Hymnen, Stimmung for six vocalists, Aus den sieben Tagen, Mantra for two pianos and electronics, Tierkreis, Inori for soloists and orchestra, and the gigantic opera cycle Licht.

Stockhausen was influential within pop and rock music as well (Frank_Zappa, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Kraftwerk, Björk etc.).

In May 2013 staging of Stockhausen’s Helicopter String Quartet skored key prize.

Watch a recording of the rarely seen Helicopter String Quartet, performed by the Elysian String Quartet, part of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Mittwoch aus Licht, from the Birmingham Opera Company.

http://www.theguardian.com

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subversive_film_festivalWhat is actually un-democratic in systems that call themselves democracies, and how does one build a true democracy? Is democracy an unattainable or an achievable utopia? Is this utopian inspiration a prerequisite for any emancipatory struggle? Following these questions, as well as taking into account current social and political developments, the 6th Subversive Festival, under the general theme The Utopia of Democracy, will take place from May 4-18 in Croatia’s capital Zagreb. Some of this year’s speakers include Slavoj Žižek, Silvia Federici, Chantal Mouffe, Bernard Stiegler, Susan George, Maurizio Lazzarato, Yanis Varoufakis, Franco Berardi Bifo, Tariq Ali, Erik O. Wright, and Costas Douzinas.

The programme of the 6th Subversive festival features more than 300 participating activists, authors, writers, intellectuals, civil society actors, film directors and artists from the region and the entire world and is organized into several separate programs:

Subversive Film Festival (May 4-12) boasts more than 50 thought-provoking films. Festival’s special guest Sophie Fiennes’s documentary The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology. Another special guest of the Festival is triple Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone who will present his documentary series The Untold History of the United States, participate in a round table with Tariq Ali as well as in a “late night conversation” with the audience.

Subversive Forum (May 7-18), a series of events on the most pressing political issues of today, includes the following conferences: Peace Forum (May 7); Austerity, Green/d Economy and the Struggle for Democracy (May 8);  Nationalism, Neoliberalism and the Left Perspectives (May 9); Commoning the Future (May 15);The Enlargement of Post-Democratic Europe (May 16);The European Left and the Global Crisis of Capitalism  (May 17).

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MBZ_CulturenetThe Music Biennale Zagreb is an international festival of contemporary music which is set to take place from  6 to 13 April in Zagreb. Completely dedicated to the new music – including the “living Classics” of contemporary music and the new generation of composers from all over the world, Music Biennale programmes include projects from symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles, experimental musical theatre, contemporary dance, jazz, electronics to alternative music scene.

Remembering the MBZ famous guests like John Cage who was picking the mushrooms in front of the concert hall “Vatroslav Lisinski”, we also honour the great MBZ directors with vision: Nikša Gligo and Berislav Šipuš.

Croatian Ministry of Culture invites and informs: “During the festival’s days, in April every other year Zagreb is transformed into the cultural centre to which composers, music critics, the best musicians, and contemporary music and arts lovers from the region and Europe gravitate. The festival has a strong response as well as an incentive in its own environment. It would not be wrong to say that the time in combination with the geographical and political framework of the period when the Music Biennale was founded in 1961, have contributed considerably to Biennale’s success since the very beginning, which continued to shape the festival until today. “Still MBZ was always focused on the institution of composer’s persona. Messiaen, Stockhausen, Stravinsky, Cage, Berio, Penderecki, Lutoslawski, Maderna, Kagel, Globokar, Nono, Xenakis,Lucier, Schnebel, Reich, Murail, Maxwell Davis, Birtwistle, Schaffer, Nyman, Cerha, are only some that were MBZ’s guests.”

Closely interrelated with other arts, the Music Biennale Zagreb fills a considerable and a very distinctive position on the Croatian and regional cultural scene. Such a favourable situation is partly due to the choice of performers, most of whom are superb music professionals. Two ideas are kept in the forefront of the Music Biennale: tolerance and a high standard of musical production, creativity and reproduction.” (Programme)

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MSU_Molochevski (courtesy of Branko Franceschi)The Croatian Museum of Contemporary Art  in collaboration with prof. Branko Franceschi and curator Kóan Jeff Baysa M.D. prepared the exhibition “Sound (In)Formation”. The exciting current explorations into expanded technologies are evident in this select quartet of works in Sound [In]Formation that engages the audience with exquisite presentations of immersive, contemplative experiences. The Artistic Quartet exhibits media works of Igor Molochevski, Mark Bolotin, Jiayi and Shih-Wen Young and Blake Shaw, from 5th to 13th April 2013.

The selected artists in this exhibition abandon expected trajectories and reinforce the legitimacy of sound as a creative medium. Contributing to the emerging technoculture of interactive, cross-platformed, and immersive installations and performances, they evince the shifting of foci from objects themselves, instead, to the very processes of their per-ception. The aural colludes with the visual to create new, abstracted, emotional, and imagined spaces. Cognitive neuroscience investigates how the physical properties of the world are organised in the brain to yield conscious perception.

“Igor Molochevski is a New Media artist, documentary filmmaker, and photographer. His work is based on mixed media and technology reintegration. His workflow includes live coding, interactive and generative programming, kinetic sculptures, sound design and digital imaging. His work is defined by de-structuralization of visual and conceptual para-digm. Inside the Belly of the Invisible Beast is a generative audiovisual installation with tensions between a Buddhist singing bowl activated by an audience member and a dy-namic self-generating digital painting.”

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As Culturenet informs “BADco., Multimedia Institute/MAMA and the Academy of Drama Arts, University of Zagreb are organizing international symposium “Broken Performances: Time and (In)Completion” which is set to take place from 21 to 24 March in Zagreb, Croatia. Broken Performances: Time and (In)Completion” is a proposal to examine relations between the present-day modalities of time and the production of forms of life. The symposium will bring together a number of prominent international scholars and artists to share their thoughts on how to critically address the ways time conditions labor, affect and values, and how this then gets reflected in performance and media.

The rise of new precarious forms of work and flexible organization of working time, as well as changes in the content and the nature of work, lead to a corresponding search for balance among the various forms of social time. “Time-scarcity” therefore becomes a relevant topic not only from a social or biological perspective, but also as a dramaturgical and performative problem.” BadCo concludes that “in this sense, different choreographic practices should not be understood only as aesthetic practices, but also as wider social processes of distributing bodies in time and space.”

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The NewYork Times reports the American famous and humorous conceptual video-artist William Wegman has his show “William Wegman: Hello Nature,” through Oct. 21 at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Me. The exhibition aims to shine light on a less obvious aspect of Mr. Wegman’s oeuvre.

“It was while he was in Long Beach that Wegman got his dog, Man Ray, with whom he began a long and fruitful collaboration. Man Ray, known in the art world and beyond for his endearing deadpan presence, became a central figure in Wegman’s photographs and videotapes.

William Wegman was born in 1943 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He received a B.F.A. in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston in 1965 and an M.F.A. in painting from the University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana in 1967. From 1968 to 1970 he taught at the University of Wisconsin. In the fall of 1970 he moved to Southern California where he taught for one year at California State College, Long Beach. By the early 70s, Wegman’s work was being exhibited in museums and galleries internationally. In addition to solo shows with Sonnabend Gallery in Paris and New York, Situation Gallery in London and Konrad Fisher Gallery in Dusseldorf , his work was included in such seminal exhibitions as “When Attitudes Become Form,” and “Documenta V” and regularly featured in Interfunktionen, Artforum and Avalanche.”

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