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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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The exhibition of the Croatian artist Boris Bucan called ‘Streetcan be seen until October 30 in the Croatian Glyptotheque in Zagreb . The selection and exhibition are signed by the respected academician Vera Horvat Pintaric.

ulica“Not only the street, but also imagination! (…) A little bit of reality and a lot of imagination. (…) Why not, Bućan imagines that simultaneously can see two skies, I guess it’s on the left side the morning sky marked with the blue, on the right side the evening sky when the great white prevailes blue evening light at the end of the horizon.

One eye sees, the other changes what is seen. We know who owns these two eyes and who can change the world in the image. Only a selected few...”

Boris Bucan (Zagreb, 1947) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1972. His artistic practice includes drawing, graphics and graphic design. He pays special attention to the issue of the anonymous media message which he personalizes through humorous interventions in the template (Bucan Art, 1971). At the start of his career, he created posters for the Student Center in Zagreb (Galerija i Teatar ITD – Gallery and the ETC. Theatre) and Dramsko kazalište Gavella (Drama Theatre Gavella) (1967-1972). Between 1980 and 1982 he created a famous large-sized poster series recognized for their picturesque quality for HNK (Croatian National Theatre) in Split, and for the concert program of Radio-televizija Zagreb (Radio-Television Zagreb). After the series was exhibited at the 1984 Venice Biennial, Bucan earned international fame.

Also, as part of the “Artist on Vacation” project he presented his series of works Bucan Art” in seaside villa Polensi, as a prelude to a much larger body of work “Bucan works” that will be presented in autumn, next year at the exhibition of pop art The Pop Goes the Worldat the Tate Modern in London, and then in the Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo in Brazil.

 

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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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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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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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http://www.universitypublications.net/ijmt/

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The new project of Media-via’s  Association „Culture, Media and Education“ – ARTHEA is a 3 year multiplatform awareness raising programme with a heavy emphasis on performance art in urban surroundings.

Slavonski Brod, square (Photo by Media-Via)Over a 3 year period performers from other countries will perform their  3 traditional dances at a very busy hour on a very public place, the main square of Slavonski Brod, Croatia. These performances  from China, India and Turkey will be a magnet to pull in by standers and will generate interest for the project. Besides these performances concert nights and round tables will be organised with intelectuals from various fields taking part to discuss the theme of multiculturality and tolerance between nations.

The project will immidiately pull in by-standers and will peak their curiosity which will lead them to ask questions about the performances and in turn will be informed about the project and it’s theme. By catching just a glimpse of another culture they can draw Fountain_Square_Slavonski Brod (Photo by Media-Via)their own conclusions as to the differences and similiarities they may share with other nations. It will promote open mindedness and a will to accept foreigners in to their society. With concert nights with perfomers from China, India and Turkey as well as conferences and round tables with intelectuals and experts from mentioned countries, citizens will have more than enough opportunity to satisfy their curiosity. Web logs, social networking and traditional forms media will ensure that the program will not go unnoticed. With the all the performers, intelectuals, experts and the general public involved in the project has huge potential to reach a massive audience.

The association „Culture, Media and Education“ – ARTHEA is a civil organisation which was founded in 2011 and in that short time realised several International artistic performances: „Multimedia Art: Urban Performance“ http://media-via.ning.com done under protection of UNESCO and regional project „Glocal Multimedia Art“ http://glocal-art.ning.com  (where Glocal means Global+Local) under financial protection of Croatian Ministry of Culture.

Concept leader: PhD. Vesna Srnic, president

Translation/summarizing: Professor Frankopan Mariano Klaric, Public Relations

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Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN was the new international competition for digital artists to win a residency at CERN the world’s largest particle physics laboratory in Geneva. According to ARTS@CERN “The second Prix Ars Electronica Collide @CERN3 was awarded to the 65-year-old American artist, Bill Fontana. With an international reputation for pioneering experiments in “sound art” that has featured in some of the world’s leading arts institutions, Fontana continues to push the boundaries of his artistic work”.

“It is fantastic that the Collide@CERN programme’s latest artist comes from a completely new field – sound art,” said Ariane Koek, CERN’s cultural specialist and the creator of the programme.” But the rest of the text doesn’t say a word about the reason of that specialist’s fascination, about the qualities of Fontana’s concept of the applied project, except the notion that the artist is  ready to learn?!

Bill Fontana (born USA 1947) is an American composer and artist who developed an international reputation for his pioneering experiments in sound. Since the early 70’s Fontana has used sound as a sculptural medium to interact with and transform our perceptions of visual and architectural spaces. (Interesting  audio/video at http://www.resoundings.org  )

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Media-via editor and “Culture, Media and Learning” association’s president Ph.D Vesna Srnic was also participating in competition Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN with a project: “UNIFYING THE HUMAN AND TECHNOLOGICAL MULTITASKING IN MULTIMEDIA ART”.

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A three day International symposium “Philosophy of Media” at the Croatian city Opatija successfuly finished. From 19th to 21st the participants discussed and elaborated this year topic “Art and Media”. At the opening a German professor at Rotterdam School of Management Frank Hartmann spoke on his experiences and a great number of regional participants contributed to the important subject of the symposium. The President of Association “Culture, Media and Education – ARTHEA” Ph.D Vesna Srnic introduced the new concept on Multitasking and the ARTHEA’s portal  Media-Via brings the summary of this scientific paper.

Multitasking in multimedia and multimedia art, especially in the form of integrative activities or performances, presents an artistic actualisation via simultaneous processing by intensifying the experience as a process of affective individualization. As opposed to computer multitasking where a larger number of activities weaken concentration, i.e. attention is dispersed and memory is weakened, the orchestrated affective experience in Multimedia Art is anchored in an existential support by artistic attention which results in an organic memory and authenticity. With this thesis we hope to disallow the findings of other scholars (such as Christine Rosen, Ph.D., in her work „The Myth of Multitasking“, Sead Alić, Ph.D., in ‘’McLuhan, Announcement of Media Philosophy’’ and others) who claim multitasking results in the loss of wisdom.

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Doctoral dissertation “Electronic Media and Aesthetics in Postfeminist theory”  written by Ph.D. Vesna Srnic deals with contemporary themes and dynamic artistic use, aesthetic valuation and phenomenological impact of extended electronic media on human life in the period of postfeminism.

Thesis of dissertation is the result of analytical study of artistic mass electronic media (photography, film, TV, video, computers, Internet and multimedia): modern electronic media are not the subject to more classical aesthetic criteria, but to the concept of “value” and consequently how successfully the sexually undifferentiated affective grounds existence is brought into these new media. This, according to us, is a quite new aesthetic, while following the aspect of affective encouragement of individualization and strengthening the integrity by the electronic media, where the  special importance is seen in experimental film, video art and multimedia performances orchestrated in the period of the “third wave of feminism” or Postfeminism.

Researches have been based on the phenomenology and philosophy of existentialism, which we considered suitable for integral insights into the individual without gender differentiation, what we see contemporary Postfeminist theory.

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Ph.D. Vesna Srnic, doctoral dissertation “Electronic Media and Aesthetics in Postfeminist theory” (defended at the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia, in September, 2011)

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International project “The Glocal Multimedia Art”, with the this year’s topic “The Revolt in Art against Corruption”, which was created by the this portal’s Croatian association “Culture, Media and Education” – ARTHEA, was  successfully finished on Friday, 15th June, in Slavonski Brod. The project had included creating the social network http://glocal-art.ning.com where the artistic conceptual task was realised, then the symposium  with the artists, doctors of philosophy and students in discussion on corruptive conscience and finally the performance of aesthetical/ethical testimony at the town square of Slavonski Brod.

The members of the project were: Professor and Artist Vladimir Frelih from the Art Academy Osijek, his students Lucija Jakovina, Robert Fiser and Ana Petrovic, who all uploaded their videa-art works, PhD Kruno Martinac from Melbourne, Australia, Dr Dragan Calovic and Dr Vlatko Ilic from the association “Young Peas” from Belgrade, Republic of Serbia, a film Director Zoran Sudar from Zagreb, Tomislav Lacic a representative of the music group SB Reprezenta well known for anticorruptive music, students from the  Faculty  of  Teacher Education in Osijek, department in Slavonski Brod and the president PhD Vesna Srnic as well as other members of the association ARTHEA.

The project was funded by The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia and will be incorporated in educational activities of primary, secondary and tertiary educational levels of the teachers/members.

Brochure in Croatian language

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cover_frontI am very pleased to inform You I’ve just published my book, doctoral disertation “Electronic Media and Aesthetics in Postfeminist theory” via the Belgian on demand online publisher.  More details can be found at shopmybook.com and if You are interested in online shopping you can do so at this page. The first edition is published in Croatian language.

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Summary

Doctoral dissertation “Electronic media and aesthetics in post-feminist theory” explores contemporary and dynamic themes of artistic use, aesthetic evaluation and phenomenological impact of widespread electronic media on human life in the post-feminist era.

The doctoral dissertation thesis is the result of an analytical study of artistic mass electronic media (photography, film, TV, video, computers, the Internet and multimedia). Modern electronic media are not only subject to more classical aesthetic criteria anymore, but also to the concept of “value” and, according to that, to what extent the gender undifferentiated affective existential arguments can successfully be imported into the new media. This, according to us, completely new aesthetics, was of interest to us from the point of view of affective encouragement of individualization and increased integrity through electronic media via digital processes of embodying existential theory for which we consider experimental film, video art and orchestrated multimedia performances during the “third wave of feminism” or post-feminism to be of great importance.

Research has been based on the phenomenology and philosophy of existentialism, which we found appropriate for integral insights into the Individual without gender differentiation, as we perceive the contemporary post-feminist theory.

(Translation: MA. Mirta Kos – Kolobarić)

Key words: Electronic media, Aesthetics, Post-feminism, Afect, Digitalisation, Virtual Reality, Existential supportings, Transpersonal psychology

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