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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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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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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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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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A promotion of monography “Integrative Theory of Ken Wilber” written by anthropologist Vanja Borš will be held on The Faculty for Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb, Croatia on 11th January, by book reviewers Ph.D. Lino Veljak and Ph.D. Vjekoslav Afrić critics. Ken Wilber is famous for his transpersonal approach to life through scientific use of holon/holistic mythology, religion and art archetypes. Croatian Integral Society stresses correctly: “Using an integral approach we are attempting to integrate, balance, that is, coordinate the highest-quality work of everything from science, philosophy, art, ethics, spirituality, etc. of all traditions and time periods.” 

“With such an all-inclusive and contextually-adaptive approach which embraces all levels (waves, nests etc.) of reality (physiosphere, biosphere, noosphere and theosphere) through self, culture and nature by using intentional, behavioral, cultural and social aspects of being, but not leaving out or giving preference to any one of those, we are reaching for the goal of actualizing the primary perennial idea embedded in all traditions of authentic teachings that is unity-in-diversity and diversity-in-unity. The main purpose, therefore, is not the creation of uniformity, but in identifying commonalities while respecting the wealth of differences. The accent is placed on a meta-approach which aims to transcend, but also include, mere reductionism (atomism, elementarism etc.) and holism (systemic approach, organic approach etc.), that is, it promotes integral perspectivism.” (Croatian Integral Society)

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According to Culturenet.hr  “provokative series of erotic photography entitled Foxy Mister by Croatian artist Tomislav Gotovac (RIP) will be presented at the exhibition Nude Man in the Leopold Museum, Vienna till 28 January, 2013 as well as within the exhibition The Naked Man at the Lentos KunstMuesum in Linz till 17 february, 2013.”

Leopold museum informs that “previous exhibitions on the theme of nudity have mostly been limited to female nudes. With the presentation “naked men” in the autumn of 2012 the Leopold Museum will be showing a long overdue exhibition on the diverse and changing depictions of naked men from 1800 to the present (…) At the same time, the exhibition will also feature important reference works from ancient Egypt, examples of Greek vase painting and works from the Renaissance.”

Tomislav Gotovac (1937–2010) was not only a charismatic and exuberant person with an uninhibited lifestyle, creator of films, performances, photographs and collages but also somebody who designed a whole complex world for himself (…) Film was Gotovac’s main medium of expression and point of reference. ( Image from exhibition: slobodnadalmacija.hr )

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New Year Greeting cardWe join to Croatian Culturenet in Glocal greetings: “Dear readers and visitors, we wish you happy and multicultural holidays filled with positive thoughts and good forces. It is a time to reflect on the past and envision a future with an aim of spreading mutual understanding and tolerance and may the next year bring us all more peace and prosperity.”

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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At the recently ended K3 International Short Film Festival in Villach, Austria experimental cinematographer Ivan Ladislav GGaleta presenting at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb (Photo by Media-Via)aleta from Croatia won the K3 Award for his latest film Deep End Art N°1.  The festival is organized in conjunction with Italy and Slovenia.

According to Culturenet.hr Ben Russell stated: “DEEP END ART No.1” by Ivan Ladislav Galeta is confident and entire, a living system unto itself. The title alone is a declaration of an idiosyncratic worldview, one whose conceptual borders extend far beyond the video frame. While it is clear that Galeta takes real pleasure in bird and bee, in sunlight and flare, and in time and decay, this is not enough. Lucky for us, “Deep End” turns this pleasure into the very material of video; aided by close-up and audio-amplification, “Deep End” is a fresh-picked apple for our eyes and ears (mostly held in our left hands).

Ivan Ladislav Galeta (Vinkovci, 1947) graduated in Visual Art at the Teachers’ Galeta: "Motion", 1974 (Photo by Media-via)Academy in Zagreb 1967, as well as in Pedagogy at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb 1981. He headed the Multimedia Centre (MM) of the Students’ Centre in Zagreb (1987-1990) and founded and headed the Art Cinema Theatre of Filmoteka 16 (1991-1994).  Since 1993 he has been working as a media specialist at Zagreb’s Fine Arts Academy, where he has been appointed Full Professor in 2007. He initiated the introduction of Animation Studies (2000) and New Media Studies (2004), which grew into respective Academy Departments. He has been making films since 1969 and video-works since 1975. Since 1973 he has exhibited objects-installations, photographs-installations, video and TV works, texts, sound installations, ambience interventions, ecological projects, actions etc. His works have been included in important local and international collections of contemporary art and film archives like the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Croatian Film Clubs’ Association, International Short Film Days Oberhausen and Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris.

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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The Croatian/British video artist Breda Beban (1952-2012), my dear friend, two years before her death in London has made unrelatedly the video art work “My Funeral Song” inspired by subtle but deep affection of love and loss.

The Real Life was incorporated in her existential video art works, which could be now seen at Film Festival “I Mille occhi” in Trieste (Italy) and as The Adventure of the Real in Studio Tommaseo on Saturday, 15th September, curated by Dubravka Cherubini and Branko Franceschi.

Projection of films and videos: Jason’s Dream (1997), Let’s Call It Love (2000), I Can’t Make You Love Me (2003), Walk Of Three Chairs (2003), How To Change Your Life In A Day (2004)

Beban was a recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Award for Visual Arts, UK, 2001. Her film Jason’s Dream received the Silver Award for Music Film & Video, Worldfest, Houston International Film Festival, USA, 1998.

Beban lived and worked in London and Sheffield where she was a Professor of Visual Arts and a Reader in Media at the Sheffield Hallam University. (lecturing at university http://vimeo.com/3437562 )

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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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As the culturenet.hr stresses “Croatia is represented by a group of architects from the city of Pula at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition which is held in Venice from 29 August to 25 November.” Unfortunately, Media-via portal must add a critic on authenticity of the installation: almost the same installation was made by a famous American video artist Bill Viola in 1995 and the work “The Veiling” can be seen at http://www.sfmoma.org/media/features/viola/BV14.html

The Croats present their exhibition “Immediate democracy requires immediate area” at the Architecture Biennale. The Croatian Pavilion at this year’s Biennale includes video footage, photographs and performance projections, indicating the current zoning problems in Croatia, reports Croatian radiotelvision.”

Unfortunately, Media-via portal must add a critic on authenticity of the installation: almost the same installation was made by a famous American video artist Bill Viola in 1995 and the work “The Veiling” can be seen at http://www.sfmoma.org/media/features/viola/BV14.html

The last Croatian project at the Biennale with the floating pavillion was a sort of fiasco when it collapsed in front of Venice and this one is unfortunately once again the shame for the Croatian culture.

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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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“The relationships between art, technology and identity have not been explored and expressed with such intensity, dynamics and continuity as it is a case with the medium of video. (…) Selected works deal with the issues of self-­‐representation in the physical, emotional, social and cultural contexts as one of key topics in Croatian art since early 1970s” writes the curator of the Marseille exhibition Branka Bencic, during the Festival of Croatia in France.

According to Culturenet.hr and 25 InstantsVideo from Marseille: “Constructed by means of language and representation identities are not a stable unit but a changing thread of ideological positions built as a temporary meeting point of subjects and codes on the crossroads of different social formations and personal histories. Project is developing as a survey of contemporary video production in Croatia.” (…) ” We can map historical trajectories of conceptual art and feminist art practices – that opened a model for understanding a relevant part of contemporary artistic production, practices considered self-­‐referential, performance and body based activities.”

Those older conceptual video masters – SANJA IVEKOVIĆ and DALIBOR MARTINIS, inspired the younger generation of artists :  IVAN FAKTOR, ZLATKO KOPLJAR, VLASTA ŽANIĆ, SANDRA STERLE, RENATA POLJAK etc.

* Image: Dalibor Martinis from 1970’s interviews himself in 2010 on Croatian National Television. One of the key questions was if he has been alive…

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Connecting the tourism and culture during the vacation is the main idea of  the project leader professor Branko Franceschi, a Croatian curator of Institute for the Research of the Avant-garde Zagreb. The result is an exhibition “Artist on Vacation” in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb which introduces art works of several famous artists from the region. The project grounds are a short residential stay of artists in a hotel settlement during which they will be in a lively dialogue with the visitors and create in conjunction the site specific work/exhibition. (Novi Spa Hotels & Resort, Novi Vinodolski, 2-30 September, 2012)

In conception of Marinko Sudac  the artists on vacation are: Attila Csernik (Serbia), Radomir Damnjanović Damnjan (Serbia), Željko Kipke (Croatia), Ivan Kožarić (Croatia), Vlado Martek (Croatia), Era Milivojević  (Serbia), Romelo Pervolovici (Romania), Pinczehely Sandor (Hungary), Balint Szombathy (Hungary), Janos Sugar (Hungary), Ilija Šoškić (Montenegro). Except the art works, there will be performing art too by Radomir Damnjanović Damnjan, Era Milivojević, Balint Szombathy.

NEW MUSIC: NEW AUDIENCES (www.newaud.eu) is a cooperative European project running from 2012 till 2014 in which 16 national music organizations and 31 ensembles from 17 European countries will take part. Participating ensembles represent the highest quality in today’s European New music sceneand they will through the artistic activities related to the project carry out more than 60 concerts and performed more than 120 works of New music.

According to Culturenet.hr and Cantus Ansambl the objective of the NEW MUSIC: NEW AUDIENCES  project is to launch a pan-European cooperation on audience development through a series of new music concerts. It will be done by letting the network ensembles experiment with a number of audience development activities over a two years period.  The core of the  NEW MUSIC: NEW AUDIENCES  project is the concerts that the 30 ensembles will hold  in their home country as the result of their joint cooperation,  introducing their audience to music from the other country. Each ensemble will perform 4 music works connected with the project and will spread these works over 2 or more concerts.
A crucial aspect of NEW MUSIC: NEW AUDIENCES is that the repertoire performed represents the best of European new music. The ensembles will „swop“ repertoire, so that a Hungarian ensemble shall for instance play music recommended by a Croatian ensemble and so on. The advantage of this system is that the working communities are not only European forums for audience development, but also become a space for discussion and interpretation of European repertoires.

Samples:

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The Croatian Writers’ Society, the theory, culture and visual arts journal Tvrđa, and the Zagreb Centre for Visual Studies organized an interdisciplinary symposium „Media Image of the World: From the production of Reality to the Power apparatus“  which was held in Zagreb from 13th to 14th June, 2012.

Media-Via president PhD Vesna Srnic presented her doctoral disertation thesis “The Electronic media and Aesthetics in Postfeminist theory” and was engaged  in a very dynamic discussion.

“Newly established post-discipline socio-humanistic sciences from 1990’s (Cultural studies, Visual studies, Mediology, Information sciences, Theories of Image and New Media, Philosophy of Media, Sociology of Cyberculture, Communication theories) make an attempt to create a new mental map for understanding the escaped Reality, which seems more and more like Entropy and emergencies of the world, and less like those Realities which were described by ideas from clasical modern Epistemology, well known as Subject, Representation, Nation-State, fixed Identity, Suvereignty. Symposium will try to establish an interaction between various subjects/actors in Media dialogue and discourse.”

(From the foreword of PhD Zarko Paic)

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As the Croatian curator Branko Franceschi stresses on the art of Željko Kipke at the “Art Pavillon in Zagreb” catalogue “The new series at the levels of content, form and aesthetics summarise the documentary and diaristic elements, Kipke’s recognisable artistic style and his idiosyncratic understanding of reality, and they should also be understood as a manifestation of his subversive activity and existence, which he calls the feline strategy.”(Zagreb, 12th September – 14th Octobre, 2012)

Željko Kipke’s exhibition Police Yard covers two groups of works. The first group includes a set-up of recent series: in the main hall, Predators, filmophile and a bottle of wine (2010); Surveillance Camera (2011-2012) in the eastern wing and Boulevard of Nine Lives (2010-2012) in the western wing of the Pavilion. The second group of works, in the south wing, named Short Guide through the 70s and 80s is a reminder of the processual works and the film documentation that the artist considers an adumbration of his currently dominant interest in film. At the level of meaning, the exhibition refers equally to the manipulative aspects and power of moving pictures and contemporary media and to the fascination that they arouse in political strongmen, all too ready to instrumentalise them for the purposes of their own ideological programmes.

“Researching the networking of (the coinciding) events Kipke practices already for years, while mapping the paralel Reality which develops out of the visible field of real world, thus expressing those results as seemingly out of nowhere in a material world after many years, like underground rivers suddenly breaking out as the entirely new entities, accomplishing productive or dramatic impact on geographically distant places.” (Excerpt from the introduction of a curator Franceschi; translation by MV)

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Motovun Film Festival (from 28th July, 2012. – 1st August, 2012) is entirely dedicated to films made in small cinematographies and independent productions, films that broke out through their innovation, ideas, and the power of their stories. In everything, except for the ambition and the quality, Motovun wants to be a small festival showing small films, small in the warmest sense od the word.

“Motovun Film Festival is a five-day film marathon in which film screenings are ongoing from 10 a.m. until 4 a.m., with evening outdoor screenings and daily screenings in theatres. Festival program consists of around 70 titles from all over the world, from documentaries to feature films, from shorts to long forms, from guerilla made films to co-productions. The only criteria in their selection is that they fit the open-minded atmosphere of the festival with their innovations.”

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“Theatre Trafik” form Rijeka and “The Necessary Stage” from Singapore will premiere their joint project – the performance ‘Crossings’ at 16 August in Theatre Esplanade – The Studio Season in Singapore, with additional perfromances on 17, 18 and 19 August. The Croatian premiere is planned for 19 August at the National Theatre Ivan Zajca in Rijeka. Their work is related to questions of identity of the individual lost on the margins of time and space.

Based on Asian myths, Crossings take us on a journey of the transformation of the self – how one deals with the seduction of being imprisoned and how freedom opens us to meaningless pain. Crossings is a multidisciplinary collaboration between artists from Singapore and Croatia investigating the coexistence, understanding and mixing of different cultures.

The Necessary Stage
Formed in 1987 by our current Artistic Director Alvin Tan, The Necessary Stage (TNS) is a non-profit theatre company with charity status. Our mission is to create challenging, indigenous and innovative theatre that touches the heart and mind. TNS is a recipient of the National Arts Council’s 2 Year Major Grant, and is also the organiser and curator of the annual M1 Singapore Fringe Festival.

TRAFIK (Transitive-Fiction Theatre)
The work of this collective of authors and performers is, by many accounts, very unique within the context of Croatian independent theatre and dates its beginnings back to 1998 and their site-specific performance, The Walker. This work determined their thematic objectives as well as artistically expression on questions of identity of the individual lost on the margins of time and space.

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Santarcangelo isn’t a showcase but a place of artistic experience; in opening international dialogues with collectives of fifty years’ standing and with artists at their debut; in imagining projects that are out of format with respect to the theatre, which overflow with simplicity and brazenness into art, writing, drawing and cinema; in getting kids, old folk, citizens and foreigners involved in creations by artists who are able to set up a short-circuit between stage and life, far from any TV form, from any narcissism, to remind us how art is a place for distillation of the real, a space where it is possible to practise a glance of inexperience and courage, to make oneself vulnerable to what one does not know and is not understood, what does not belong to us and to which we perhaps belong.

Sad sam /almost 6/ is a work about childhood and its ending; about the relationship with one’s own interior world and with the others outside; about the power of the imaginary and a language capable of creating things by naming them; about the rip that breaks the perfect circle and opens us up, through the wound, to others and to the real. The show is one chapter of a wider ranging project in which under the title Sad Sam (a play on words, since in Croatian it means “now I am”) Ferlin composes a series of small creations, all centred on his stage presence characterised by great expressive power and surprising delicacy.

Matija Ferlin (b. Pola, 1982) graduated at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam and lived in Berlin where he collaborated with, among others, Sasha Waltz. He then returned to Pola and began research involving the rearrangement of various ideas of performance in relation to other languages such as film shorts and exhibitions.(http://santarcangelofestival.com)

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