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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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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.

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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.

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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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Final presentation of the developmental Urban Performing Workshop conceived and directed by Boris Bakal in  collaboration with Emma Szabo and artist-participants of workshop: Layla Betti, Lara Finadri, Sosso Hatzimanoli, Elisa Pinna, Sara Ricci, Christian Trafficante on July 12th and July 13th  (2012) @ 18.00 – 23.00  at FESTIVAL PERGINE OPEN PERFORMANCE – Pergine Valsugana (Trento), Italy.

BACAČI SJENKI (SHADOW CASTERS) – non-profit international theatre, artistic and production platform dedicated to interdisciplinary collaboration, creation, exploration as well as reflection of new artistic languages, especially in the domain of performing arts, urban and public art, new media and its hybrids, co-founded by Boris Bakal and Katarina Pejovic.

SC continuously instigate dialogue and active exchange between Croatian and international artists/professionals through: questioning the existing concepts of individual and collective identities; exploring the nature of globalization processes; dealing with social, political and cultural issues such as the politics of public space, the consequences of transition processes, the status and forms of intimacy and systematic production of amnesia and discontinuity.

SC activities range from intermedia performances, cultural memory projects, urban-human networks, artivist projects, informal education, workshops, to lectures, conferences, urban performances, installations and exhibitions.

For their work, SC have received various recognitions and awards, among them Special Jury Award at the 2007 Belgrade BITEF – Ex-Position; Avaz Dragon Award at the 2008 Sarajevo MESS – the entire trilogy Process_City; the main award Cloud at the 2009 PUF in Pula – Ex-Position; Special Jury Award at 2009 BITEF – Vacation From History; the main award Cloud at the 2010 PUF – Vacation From History.

SC projects have thus far gathered over 300 artists and professionals from 26 countries world-wide. The projects have been produced and presented at festivals and manifestations in Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Bologna, Graz, Pisa, Ljubljana, Udine, Bjelovar, Belgrade, Marseille, Maribor, Leiden, Križevci, Genoa, Subotica, Split, Szeged, Cluj, Vukovar, Aman, Krakow and New York, in collaboration with local partners.

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Helena Miler _photo_ courtesy of the artistMaster Engineer of Architecture and Urban Planning Helena Miler (1986) is CrHelena_Miler_wisemanoatian young multimedial talent with Vienna address.
With Mensa membership (Percentile 99), 7th on the ranking list of an entry exam of the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism in Zagreb (Drawing and Graphics 95%, Intelligence and Space Perception 99%) Helena was one of the best students and took part in several recent competitions as an associate in Njiric + Arhitekti office  (1st prize for the Concept of an Urban Tissue in Samobor), student competition for a concept of the representative Booth for the Faculty of Civil Engeenering (3rd prize) etc. She’s got several scholarships from the Board of European students of Technology for a two-week seminar on Urbanism in Europe at Technische Univarsitat in ViennHelena Miller_Design centre_2006_7_mentor_V.NeidhardtHelena Miller_University Fair_2009_10_3st prizeHelena_Miler_Sculpturea, then for two more engeneering competitions in Reykjavik and Chania  etc.

She parcitipated in various student exchanges, trainings Helena_Miler_Paintingand went on individual tours all over Europe, Africa and Asia. Since 2012. Helena lives and works in Vienna, at studio Project A01 Architects .

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com prepared a 2012 annual report for this web portal.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog/portal, it would have taken 10 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

After the world-known Sea Organs, Croatian city Zadar has become wealthier with one more urban installation, next to the famous Sea Organs, which shines the Greeting to the Sun made by the same architect Nikola Bašić. The installation won the 3rd prize at the European Council contest.

The Greeting to the Sun consists of three hundred multi-layered glass plates placed on the same level with the stone-paved waterfront in the shape of a 22-meter diameter circle. Under the glass conduction plates there are photo-voltage solar modules through which symbolic communication with nature is made, with the aim to communicate with light, just like the Sea Organs do with sound.

The Greeting to the Sun installation, as a model of the solar system with its appertaining planets, is connected to the Sea Organs whose sound is transposed into a show of light that starts performing on the Zadar waterfront after sunset. In creating the lighting effects, the installation will be able to receive other outer, spontaneous impulses through modem connection, while the lighting pictures will adapt to different occasions.

Simultaneously with the „most beautiful sunset in the world” the lighting elements installed in a circle turn on, and, following a particularly programmed scenario, they produce a marvelous, exceptionally impressive show of light in the rhythm of the waves and the sounds of the Sea organs.

The photo-voltage solar modules absorb the sun energy and then transform it into electrical energy by releasing it into the distributive voltage power network. It is expected for the entire system to produce around 46.500 kWh yearly, being, actually, a small power plant from which energy will be used not only for the Greeting to the Sun installation, but also for the lighting of the entire waterfront. This energy will be three times cheaper than the actual one, and the project itself is a unique example of connecting the use of renewed energy sources, energy efficiency and city space arrangement.

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On the 1st of June at the Croatian Adris Gallery in Rovinj the exhibition of photographs “Selling Dreams – Contemporary Croatian Fashion Photography” will be presented for the first time at the Rovinj Photodays festival of photography, gathering the best Croatian fashion photographers and some of their most successful works made during the last ten years.

Culturenet informs: “And who could be better at assembling this photographic dream team and thinking of such an attractive and impressive selection than the eminent photographer Sandra Vitaljić, who has herself been involved in the creation of imaginative fashion editorials and stories for years.

According to her words, it was not difficult to select six people to represent the best of Croatian fashion photography, but it was quite demanding to choose from their archive just a few works to represent the authors and to create a unique whole within which the photographs would correspond well.

Curator: Sandra Vitaljić, Authors: Mladen Šarić, Romano Decker i Dejan Kutić, Bruna Kazinoti, Mare Milin, Ivana Vučić, Marko Grubišić.”

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