Category: Croatia

The 7th Vip Zagreb Jazz Festival presented Pat Metheny Trio (Larry Grenadier – bass and Bill Stewart – drums) on 11th November in front of a huge, excited audience of Student center, with the crowd sitting on the floor! There he is: warming up!

As we stressed in the previous post Pat Metheny, throughout his career, has continued to re-define the genre by utilizing new technology and constantly working to evolve the improvisational and sonic potential of his instrument.


The Multimedia artist Vladimir Frelih informed us, as well as that he as a “winner of the Kulturvermittlung Steiermark Scholarship, presents his works at the solo exhibition Grosse Schritte kleine bewegung from 4th November to 20th December in Graz.

Born in Osijek in 1963, studied Sculpture/Installations at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (Germany). His tutors were Professors Hoover, Paik and Jatel. He became a Master Grade student in 2001 and attended tutorial classes by Professsor Jatel. 2008 Multimedia Lecturer at the Osijek Academy of Fine Arts and leader at the Department of Art. From 1994 his work has been shown nationally and internationally at exhibitions and events.

He uses a variety of art media and techniques with reference to their structural faults and advantages. His art work has received a number of awards and scholarships and is on display in several contemporary art collections and museums. Currently based in Osijek and Düsseldorf.”



Cultural City Network Graz

Renowned pianist McCoy Tyner will open the 7th annual VIP Zagreb Jazz Festival on 10 November. The festival will take place in freshly renovated Student Centre hall that can seat 1,000 people. The highlights of this year’s festival are Pat Metheny Trio, Lucky Peterson and sax player Pharoah Sanders.

McCoy Tyner Trio featuring Jose James & Chris Potter

A Contemporary Exploration of John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman

McCoy Tyner – piano, Gerald Cannon – bass, Joe Farnsworth – drums, Jose James – vocals, Chris Potter – saxophone

Pat Metheny Trio/ 11th November

w/Larry Grenadier & Bill Stewart

Pat Metheny – guitar, Larry Grenadier – bass, Bill Stewart – drums

Lucky Peterson

Lucky Peterson – Vocals, Guitar, Rhodes, B3 Organ, Raul Valdes – Drums, Timothy Waites – Bass

Pharoah Sanders Quartet

Pharoah Sanders – Tenor Saxophone, Gregory Bandy – Drums, John Webber – Bass, William Henderson – Piano

This year the special star – Pat Metheny, throughout his career, has continued to re-define the genre by utilizing new technology and constantly working to evolve the improvisational and sonic potential of his instrument.




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The prestigious American media “The Village Voice” presents Croatian curatoring of Branko Franceschi’s exhibition “Tune in Screening: Psychodelic Moving Images from Socialist Yugoslavia 1966-1976” as the best or Top Arts story in New York at the moment.

A journalist R.C. Baker explains: “Post-World War II Yugoslavia threaded a Cold War needle between the Soviet Union’s Communist hardliners and the West’s hedonistic capitalists. This national schizophrenia perhaps explains the fantastic flowering of proto-MTV films and conceptual objects created by the Slovenian avant-gardists known as the OHO Group. In 1968, an OHO founder, Marko Pogacnik, crafted a puzzle by slicing up a photo of the Rolling Stones and gluing the pieces to a dozen matchboxes. In a recent interview, the artist summed up his affecting object (which opens the exhibition): “In the same way that matches appear when one needs to build the fire, pop culture ignited our imagination.”(…)”

Although the journalist Baker writes about the cultural moment of the analysed period in the exhibition, we think that he missed so much regarding philosophy and curatorial capacity.



The Perforations Festival program spans over three cities (Rijeka, Zagreb, Dubrovnik) from October 20 – 29, 2011. The festival includes more than 15 other productions from Slovenia, Serbia, Macedonia and Romania. Some of the artists are Rosana Hribar / Gregor Luštek, Mala Kline, Angelo Madureira / Ana Catarina Vieira, Manuel Pelmus, Ljiljana Tasić / Dušan Bročić, Damir Bartol Indoš, Via Negativa, etc.

The Perforations Festival takes place annually in three Croatian cities; Zagreb, Rijeka and Dubrovnik and presents a range of artists working in performance art, theater, and dance, whose diverse approaches to art-making blurs the borders between these genres. While their work touches upon issues of identity (public, political, religious, ecological),  of borders redefinition and space, of a collective past, and of personal histories, most of all their work talks about the present. Highlights from this festival were presented at the LaMama E.T.C., New York, offering audiences insight into contemporary lines of artistic thinking from some of the most provocative and influential artists in the region.

This week they have published interviews with Marko Mandić, Tea Tupajić and Alen Sinkauz.



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

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

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

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

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




The  Croatian Gallery Zitnjak invites You to a special exhibition about Art & Food connection on Saturday, 15th October, from 3 pm. till evening. The artists, as well as guests will prepare some food, while testing the recipes!

Some of the very famous Croatian artists will show their skills on preparing and tasting food:


Although it’s the season of “sour cucumbers” and many artists are still trying to make conceptually fun of serious topics, we stay on a position of reflecting scientifically/artistic synthesis and adore deep affectionate synesthesia.



Courtesy of Gallery

‘Tune in Screening: Psychedelic Moving Images from Socialist Yugoslavia”,  the exhibiition curated by Branko Franceschi opens on 2nd October (6-9pm) in Stephan Stoyanov Gallery in New York. The exhibition is on view till 30th October.

Between 3rd and 30th October Franceschi will open a Virtual Museum of Avant-garde Art’s Overseas Headquarters located in New York’s organization Residency Unlimited. The project will function as a temporary office for meetings, open talks, and plan making regarding the museum and possible future collaborations.

Branko Franceschi is a director of the “Virtual Museum of Avant-garde Art”, based in Zagreb, Croatia. The Virtual Museum of the Avant-garde aims to compensate the shortcomings of virtual reality through the direct exchange of knowledge on Southeastern Europe’s avant-garde movements to professionals, artists, students and the general public of New York. “The screening focuses on experimental film production and rock music created in Yugoslavia from 1964 to 1974. The materials all indicate a degree of openness and permissiveness that characterized Yugoslavia’s brand of socialism when importing and incorporating pop and alternative culture from the West. This cultural exchange influenced local society, arts, and, especially, Yugoslavia’s lifestyle and popular culture.”

Trained as an Art Historian at the University of Zagreb, for more than 20 years Franceschi has initiated and curated numerous exhibitions of contemporary art for exhibition venues in Croatia and beyond. Membership: AICA (AICA Croatia President), ICOM, CIMAM, DPUH, Advisory Committee of Art in General, New Media Commission for the Ministry of Culture Republic of Croatia (President), Gallery and Museum Program Commission for the Municipality of Rijeka (President).

The programme is realized with the support of  CEC Artslink, as well as Croatian Ministry of Culture, and the activity of “Virtual Museum of  Avant-garde Art” is assissted by The Town Varazdin.

(Tune in Screening_essay)



 Anne Bean and the Live Art Development Agency would like to invite you to a  special event, a performance by:

Vlasta Delimar and Milan Bozic

Absolute Artist (Memories and Feelings) Antonio Gotovac Lauer

On: Wednesday 12 October at 7pm.

At: Rochelle School, Arnold Circus, London E2

Antonio G. Lauer a.k.a Tomislav Gotovac (1937-2010) is representing Croatia at the 54th Biennale di Venezia in the exhibition entitled One Needs to Live Self-Confidently… Tomislav Gotovac was an avant-garde film director and performer, whose complex and multi-layered projects, combining a range of different art practices, are considered pioneering and anticipatory in the areas of structuralist and experimental film, conceptual art, body art, and performance.



Courtesy of the Artist

International Interdisciplinary Symposium PHILOSOPHY OF MEDIA – Issues of founding, establishing and/or revelation,  will be held on the Croatian island Cres between 16-18 September, 2011. Media-via portal editor M.A. Vesna Srnic is invited to present her papers “Glocal Multimedia Art” at the symposium, organised in the year in which we celebrate the centenary of the  birth of Marshall McLuhan.

In front of Program comitee PhD. Divna Vuksanovic (Serbia) and PhD. Sead Alic (Croatia) stressed: “We live in a time of media intercession, networking, virtual worlds, a growing impact of mass media on politics, culture, human life, experience, or even opinions as such. We exist in a time when the immersion into the world of the mass media reminds us of the fact that we as human beings throughout history have been determined by some sort of media and that only the modern preoccupation with the (mass) media has given rise to an awareness of (partial or total) oblivion of media intercession,especially during times of oral communication, written and print form.” (…)   “In this sense, the philosophy of media co-opts the scientific research of linguistics, psycholinguistics, media theory, the theory of special art, knowledge of techniques and technologies, research psychology, medicine, phonetics, cultural and visual studies, and other science disciplines, theoretical knowledge and practice experience.” tENrNp4O_ZE

Symposium sponsors are  Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia, Croatian National Tourist Board, Town of Cres and Hotel Kimen Cres.

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Programme of Symposium

The Croatian Gallery Miroslav Kraljevic  opens on the 16th September the Asier Mendizabal exhibition – Landing, indicating the mechanisms of relationship between apstract modernism and ideology.

“Asier Mendizabal (Ordizia, Guipuzkoa, 1973) is one of the Basque artists of the new generation who pays most attention to the relations between form, discourse and ideology. His oeuvre could be described as a critique of ideology based on the mise en scène of the structures that shape it. Through the expanded fields of art, rock music, cinema, politics and theory his view on social structures leads him to sketch out a map of the totality of production relations. Asier Mendizabal’s transversal, multidisciplinary approach focuses sharply on the difficulties of representation inherent in the political, as well as on the gaps between artistic activity and the “political unconscious” present in cultural productions, manifestations of the collective and mass movements.”



On September 11, 2001 director Dan Oki was living in New York and witnessed the terrorist attack and its consequences firsthand. In this film, he takes his documentary footage from that fateful day and puts it in the context of a feature film. Projections of a film will be held at Zagreb (on September 11), Berlin and New York (on September 12). 
A theatre troupe from Croatia travels to New York on September 10, 2001. The troupe is a diverse group
made up of a young married couple and their son, two girls, and a young man. They are welcomed by their
producer, a New Yorker of Croatian descent, whose husband works at the World Trade Centre. Suddenly,
without warning, the troupe finds itself in the middle of the destruction of September 11.
The relationships between the characters come under pressure and begin to change as a reaction to the
sheer force of the events unfolding all around them.

78 minute, HD-Cam, 2010
Writer and Director: Dan Oki
Director of Photography: Raul Brzic
Composer: Vjeran Šalamon
Editor: Davor Švaic
With: Vanda Boban, Marin Tudor, Lana Hulenic, Marko Petric, Elena Orlic,
Luka Jokic Sterle, Sandra Sterle, Brian Willems.
Production House: Studio Fugo 

Schedule of the projection

ZAGREB  - Sunday, September 11, 2011, 6 PM
Museum of Contemporary Art
Avenija Dubrovnik 17,
10000 Zagreb, Croatia

BERLIN - Monday 12. September at 8.30 p.m.
BABYLON – Cinema 1
Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 30,
10178  BERLIN, Deutschland

NEW YORK – Monday, September 12, 2011, 8PM
77 Delancey St
(between Allen St & Orchard St)
New York, NY 10002
Neighborhood: Lower East Side

Dan Oki (Slobodan Jokic, Zadar, 1965) is an internationaly renown media artist for twenty years. 
As a producer, writer and director he made three feature films: Oxygene 4, Performance and the Dark.
He teaches as a Film and Media Arts professor at UMAS in Split and ADU in Zagreb.

(from the catalogue)

“We are more – act for culture in Europe”  is a Europe-wide campaign for the arts and culture. It was launched in October 2010 and will run until 2013, when the EU decides about its next multiannual budget. This campaign wants to show that we are many organisations built up by individuals who value and act for culture in Europe, as it is Media-via editor’s association ‘Culture, Media and Education’ – ARTHEA which is applying a project “Glocal Multimedia Culture”.

“The we are more campaign promotes culture, heritage and the arts, together with education, social cohesion and environmental sustainability, as key areas in which the EU has to make more bold investments if it wants to reach its growth objectives and Europe to remain a thriving democracy in the future.

The campaign aims to influence the negotiations on the next multiannual EU budget beyond 2013 – an opportunity that only comes once every decade! The EU budget will be negotiated over the next two years and we want to make sure that the EU contribution to culture is explicit and with a stronger financial envelope. Read the campaign statement on the European Commission’s budget proposal here (published in July 2011).

The two campaign demands are: A bold and daring Culture Programme for the period 2014-2020 that will fund cutting edge artistic and cultural experimentation around our common European concerns and aspirations. A programme that will support innovative cultural co-operations, and experiment with new artistic, intercultural, social and economic models.”



A three in one postgraduate study: acting, media in which the acting occurs, and culture created by acting was founded at the University of Rijeka by the internationaly famous actor Rade Serbedzija. He also founded the Ulysses Theatre in 2000 in Brijuni, where he  directs and acts in most plays.

The postgraduate programme was established on December 14th, 2010 by the Senate of the University of Rijeka as a two-year course for specialising in acting, media and culture field of research. Anyone can enroll into the programme, provided they have a valid university degree and have passed the admissions exam. The programme lasts two years (four semesters) during which theory and practice intertwine through courses such as Voice, Acting, Dramaturgy of Performance, Reading Drama, Characteristics of the Cultural System, Actor as Musician, Philosophy of Arts, Actor and Choreography, Postdrama Theatre.

Main aims are training the students to become critics, theoreticians, scientists that have empirically tested methods and challenges of acting process, as well as interdisciplinarity, interactivity and internationality as the policy of the programme. Part of the courses will be held in English, involving collaborators and professors from foreign leading universities and art schools, such as Nigel Osborne, Reid professor of Music at the Edinburgh University; Staša Zurovac, director and choreographer; Nikola Petković, writer; Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, philosopher; Robin Carr (University of Southern Mississippi) and Deborah Kinghorn (University of New Hampshire), masters of Lessac method for voice and acting; Elvio Baccarini, philosopher; Karpo Godina, film director and DoP, and many others.



On Wednesday, 27 July through August, the filming of  Goltzius and the Pelican Company by British art film director Peter Greenaway began in Zagreb. The creative part of the crew includes around 60 Croatian members with filmmaker Zoran Sudar  as the best Croatian co-production first assistant director with international reputation.

“The story takes place in 1590, at the time when Dutch painter Hendrik Goltzius negotiated in a castle on the Rhine with the rich Alsatian nobleman Margrave to ensure him the funds for a print press. Goltzius wished to print eroticised versions of illustrated Old Testament tales. The nobleman’s castle, enthralled with Goltzius’ seductive tales, drenched in the motifs of incest, adultery, and rape, slowly sinks in the trap of aroused lust, and consequentially in a conflict with religious circles.

The role of Goltzius is played by Dutch actor and poet (the current Dutch Poet Laureate 2009-2012) Ramsey Nasr, and the film also stars American actor F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus, All the President’s Men, Scarface), French actress Kate Moran, Italian actor Pipo Delbono, and Croatian actors and actresses Nada Abrus, Katja Zubčić, Goran Grgić, Enes Vejzović, Duško Valentić, Milan Pleština, Tvrtko Jurić, Vedran Živolić, Samir Vujčić and Goran Bogdan.”  The creative part of the crew includes around 60 Croatian members with filmmaker Zoran Sudar (The Last Will ) as the best Croatian co-production first assistant director with international reputation ( Anton Chekhov’s The Duel, White Lightnin’, The Hunting Party, The Peacemaker.

“Peter Greenaway is the author of one of the most exciting film works of today. Film devotees remember him by the extraordinary classic The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover from 1989. Since then he has acquired the cult status thanks to his films  The Draughtsman’s Contract (1982), The Belly of an Architect (1987), and Drowning by Numbers (1988). His digital analysis of the painting The Wedding at Cana by the mannerist painter Paolo Veronese was screened at the Venice Biennale in 2009.  A New York Times critic called it one of “the best art history classes of all times””.


Motovun Film Festival runs from July 25 to July 29 for the 13th consecutive year offering some of the best cinema productions from around the world. This year the festival premiers a film by Wim Wenders dedicated to Pina Bausch.  

Motovun Film Festival 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 alternate 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 in the open-minded atmosphere of the festival with their innovations. This year the festival is being held for the twelwth time.


Dr W.J.T. Mitchell from the University of Chicago, was a key-note speaker at the event Visual Studies Today – The Power of Images, which was organized by the Center for Visual Studies, Zagreb from 7th to 8th November 2013, as well as at the conference Visual Studies as Academic Discipline . Dr Mitchell is the most famous authority of visual studies in the world.  (Schedule) Dr Mitchell’s talk was titled “Seeing Madness: Insanity, Media, and Visual Culture” and it raised two questions:”1) Is it possible to “see madness” or to represent it visually with any kind of certainty? 2) What motivates the desire to see madness, to put it on stage, or to capture its variable manifestations in visual images?” Examples were drawn mainly from photography, operatic spectacle, and cinema.

NGO “Culture, Media and Education” president and Media-Via editor Dr Vesna Srnic attended the lecture and because of the lack of time asked Dr Mitchell a question in writing, that he will possibly answer.

This is a question of Dr Srnic:

“In Critical Inquiry, in 1991st, you interviewed famous American conceptual artist Barbara Kruger. When you elaborated the relation between Image and Word, as well as about Gender and Embodiment, you provoked Barbara Kruger with this /quotation:

„You  can go back  to  the Old Testament to find sentiments like  “a silent woman  is  the gift of God.”

and KRUGER said: Oh,  let me write that down.“ /unquote (Critical Inquiry, 1991, p. 445)

 I think this is a very interesting moment in that interview, because of several possible interpretations: on charismatic, feminist, Leftist level Kruger was understandably surprised, although she should have known the point of that religious view, and did not mock; another Rightist level is well known for its meaning as the mystical power of silence.

 What I would like to ask you is if you can see the theses of the third meaning in the phenomenology of Time and Space as Here and Now, in the performative middle way, thus artistically rejecting Gender differentiation, rejecting Images and Words completely, as well as Leftist and Rightist positions and oppositions?

 Is this „spinning wildly or standing still“ significant Spiritual Embodiment for you and can be seen as, although marginal, the rejection of the Madness?”



MARK TRIBE: ‘THE DYSTOPIA FILES’ (Zagreb, June 9th – July 9th 2011),  ‘Performance, mediation and public sphere’, workshop and public lecture

„The Dystopia Files“ (A dystopia – from Ancient Greek: δυσ-, “bad, ill”, and Ancient Greek: τόπος, “place, landscape” is the idea of a society in a repressive and controlled state), at g-mk is the newest iteration of Mark Tribe’s ongoing project, which recontextualizes the history of demonstrations in the US. The artist had gathered an archive of protest footage, which serves as a base for creating site specific video installations in gallery and museum spaces. The work tackles on a set of questions about power relations, spectatorship, image manipulation, participation, interaction and political engagement. The relationship between these issues and recent curatorial practices will be discussed during the workshop held by Mark Tribe. In a talk following the workshop, Mark will present his multimedia artistic practices, including his previous acknowledged projects such as Rhizome and Port Huron ( The Port Huron Project is a series of reenactments of protest speeches from the New Left movements of the Vietnam era). The exhibition is curated by Željka Himbele Kožul.


Activist art exhibition from the Marinko Sudac Collection aboard Marshall Tito’s ship “Seagull”
04th June -18th June, 2011 in Rijeka, Croatia

(…) The material for the exhibition was taken from the Marinko Sudac Collection, the fast growing and the largest collection of historical avant-garde, neo avant-garde and post avant-garde movements and artistic expressions in the region and beyond. The collection today includes around twenty thousand units, works of art, documents and publications. It covers the period from 1909 to 1989 and the area from the Baltic to the Black Sea, with special emphasis on the region of former Yugoslavia, while the furthest end of the collection reaches as far as Japan. The exhibition will also include the documentation on Galeb’s intriguing history, in Tvrtko Jakovina’s writing on Galeb’s voyages through the seas of world politics, in Feđa Vukić’s account on the evolution of its symbolic meanings, and Ješa Denegri’s analysis of reasons and reaches of political standpoints on the area of artists’ activities on one particular example.

(…) “Standstill” is an exhibition that deals with the deconstruction of the untouchable, of the mythical ship Galeb whose decks and salons along with Marshal Tito and the elite of socialist state and military government are inhabited by ghosts of world statesmen from Winston Churchill, Paul of Greece, Elizabeth II, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Jawaharlal Nehru, Ahmed ukarno, General Abboud, Kwame Nkrumah, Albert Tabnen, Habib Bourguiba, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, U Nu, Ne Win, Modibo Keita, Seku Ture, Archbishop Makariosa, Muammar Muhammad al-Gaddafi, Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev, Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev, Kurt Josef Waldheim, Nicolae Ceausescu, Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi and many, many others to scientists and artists as well as international movie stars such as Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Sofia Loren and Kirk Douglas.” (…) Branko Franceschi, President, Institute for the Research of Avant-garde


Installation by Ivana Franke and ongoing neuroscientific research by Ida Momennejad will be presented during the symposium ‘Seeing with eyes closed: Neuroscience and Art in dialogue’ in Venice. The installation will be on view from the 1st to the 6th of June in the Peggy Guggenheim Museum.

In resonance with the curatorial focus of the 54th Biennale: IllumiNations, the upcoming symposium on June 2nd, 2011 – organized in collaboration with Berlin School of Mind and Brain (Humboldt Universität) and Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin – will explore the theme: Seeing with Eyes Closed. The symposium takes its title from an interdisciplinary project by artist Ivana Franke and neuroscientist Ida Momennejad, conceived through the support of Alexander Abbushi and the Association of Neuroesthetics – AoN. The project concerns the visual experience of flowing images induced by stroboscopic light behind closed eyes.

Some of questions are: “Can we construct spatiotemporal forms purely based on ‘imagination’? To what extent may different brains show similar activities in spite of differences in subjective experience? To what extent is our perception of reality constructed and altered by the intrinsic build-up of our brains rather than neural responses to stimuli that is strictly ‘out there’?”



Zagreb (7-21 May 2011) will be a host of  the International 4th Subversive Film Festival.  Subversive Film Festival is no ordinary, competition film festival. It is first-of-a-kind hybrid of film/video and critical theory, aiming to explore and understand recent cultural history.Film program in cinemas Europa and Tuškanac will be accompanied by film-theory school which will deal with post-colonial »aesthetics of resistance«. A lot of famous scientists will present their work: Antonio Negri,Terry Eagleton, Zygmunt Bauman, Istvan Meszaros, David Harvey, Gayatri Spivak, Slavoj Žižek, Samir Amin and many others.

“World forum of Alternatives: Decolonisation – New emancipatory struggles” –  Why is the meeting taking place exactly in Croatia?

Croatia seems to be a perfect place to meet: all contradictions from the capitalist core (financial shocks, reckless consumerism, media, elite-driven politics, democratic deficit, commercialisation of public services) are visible together with all political, social and economic problems of the post-socialist, post-partition and post-conflict semi-periphery. What the new wave of protests brings is a clear rejection of the system, both political and economic, amounting to the loudest critique of capitalist economy in Eastern Europe since 1989. This critique stems from ordinary politically undefined citizens, the new radical left and some right-wing elements trying to co-opt the social rhetoric into their populist defence of the “nation” and its “traditional values”. In spite of nationalist conservativism, it is precisely in Croatia where, since the 2009 student protests, a movement dedicated to direct democracy developed. In many occasions direct democracy was successfully exercised not only among students, but workers, peasants and urban activists alike. Croatia as the country at the doorstep of the EU is therefore an excellent place to engage in a productive debate on possible alternatives or further degenerations of global capitalism and the way it influences the semi-peripheral and peripheral regions(…)

Can we see a possibility of a trans-european and also trans-regional cooperation? Can the experience from other world regions, such as Latin America, be useful for the current situation in Eastern or Southeastern Europe? As we can see from all this questions, the debate is not restricted only to Croatia or Eastern Europe, but is of importance for the entire Left. (Srećko Horvat & Igor Štiks, coordinators of the WFA meeting in Zagreb)


Subversive film Festival

With over 5 million hits on YouTube, their passionate, dueling cellos version of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” has taken the world by storm. Of the repertoire Stjepan says: “Both Luka and I love classical music and have studied it for years, but we are really excited to put our own take on classics by some of our favorite pop and rock artists.” Luka and Stjepan will make their first TV performance as 2CELLOS on The Ellen DeGeneres show on April 25th and on April 28th  they will play at Croatian music hall Vatroslav Lisinski,  accompanied by a worldly famous musician Maksim Mrvica, a humanitarian concert for the Japan.

Living in a small town in Croatia, 24-year-old music students, Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, are living a dream come true – and quickly! After posting a self-made music video of them performing Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” on their cellos, the longtime friends received more attention than they ever expected. Within days, the video became a viral sensation and received millions of views. It got the attention of Sony MASTERWORKS who signed them to a record deal. Concurrently, they received a phone call from legend Elton John who invited them to join him on his European tour this summer. Their debut album is slated for a July 2011 release and will feature Sulic & Hauser’s unique spin on hits by Guns N’ Roses, U2, Trent Reznor and Kings of Leon among others.

Luka and Stjepan are both very accomplished musicians who have been playing the cello since childhood. Both recently completed their studies at the acclaimed Royal Academy in London. Luka Sulic has performed all over the world at renowned venues such as London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus. He has won a series of international prizes including first prize at the VII Lutoslawski International Cello Competition (Warsaw, 2009). Stjepan is also a very talented cellist and has performed around the world in most European countries, South Africa, New Zealand and the USA, with debuts in London’s Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, South Bank Centre and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. In his short career, he has already won twenty-one first prizes in national and international competitions including the prestigious Adam Cello Competition in New Zealand 2009 and VTB Capital Prize for Young Cellists 2009.



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A Trieste Contemporanea and Studio Tommaseo production are presenting  from April 16th 2011 to June 18th 2011 Vlado Martek’s exhibition: language in freedom, in the framework of the Words Room project conceived for the Continental Breakfast international network.

The exhibition is under the patronage of the General Consulat of the Republic of Croatia in Trieste, with the collaboration of  the Institute for Contemporary Art Zagreb and is sponsored by the Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia, with the participation of Casa dell’Arte Trieste and Media Digital Business Srl. The curators are Dubravka Cherubini and Janka Vukmir, and contributors Dubravka Đuric and Darko Šimicic.

Media Via comment on Artisti Armatevi (Umjetnici naoruzajte se) : more grace is needed against the war-like impulse, as the famous Botticelli painting shows. “However, when Mars as an archetypal power is realised within us and the true warrior emerges, then his activity becomes focussed in service of Venus, of the Goddess, and he will fight to do her bidding, to restore her glory and reputation, manifesting his more noble qualities of courage, valour and honour. One only has to contemplate this fabulous renaissance painting of Botticelli to realise who is really in charge!”

Croatian artist Vlado Martek has a BA degree in philosophy and literature, whereby he entered the field of visual art by writing poetry. In the mid-1970s, his poetry acquired special forms: he extracted poetry from the book and incorporated it into “poetic objects” made of mirrors, clay and books; he wrote poster poetry which he exhibited in exhibition-actions held by the neo conceptualists Group of Six Artists (1975–1979) in the streets and squares of Zagreb and other places. Martek called himself a “pre-poet”, investing great effort into the “purification” of poetry to such an extent that it was reduced to no more than an emphasis on the reality of the constitutive elements of the poem’s materiality.


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Venus & Mars: A Balance of Power



A young Croatian multimedia artist Ana Schaub (1983) is introducing herself in a Zagreb “Gallery of Events” in Culture center Pescenica by positioning the problem of media induced reality. Mass-media and contemporary technology define and designe our lives, our perception, thoughts and feelings, if we are not aware enough of it.  The artist criticizes that false grotesque world of trivialities, creating the same methodes that are valued in them: false heroes and their false powers……(from the catalogue, written by Ivana Gabrić).

After finishing Croatian Academy of fine Arts Zagreb (2007), she developed her skills at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, US. Ana Schaub is in a process of doing her postgraduate work on video at Academy of fine Arts in Slovenia.


Void of any aesthetic or technical presumptuousness, demystifying artistic photography and its author, these photo and video sketches on the iPhone provide, in a subversive way, insight into the artistic raison d’être of Fedor Vučemilović. (Gallery Vladimir Buzancic, Zagreb, Croatia, 4th-26th  April)

Just as he had done forty years ago at the beginning of his career, regardless of whether he was doing “pure” documentary or conceptual photography, both courses he set for himself in life ever since he was a member of the Group of Six Authors, Fedor Vučemilović has remained discrete in his work to this day, always paying attention to both the aesthetic and technical perfection of photography(…)

At first glance, these simple everyday trivia when “caught” by the camera become picture – icons. The picture does not describe or aestheticise what is seen in it. It records the scene or through gestuality designates the author’s presence in it. By eliminating his professional tools, the metiér is deconstructed and thus turns into observation, while the artist becomes the observer. fedor catalog
(Anita Zlomislic)


Croatian video selection curated by Darko Fritz will be screened on 1st April on ´CologneOFF 2011´ Festival at Arad Art Museum  (Romania). 14min cut from ´Mechanical Figures´ by, ´Archeo 29´ by Vladislav Knezevic and Edita Pecotic´s ´Time to Go Home´ will be presented within the festival´s programme. With an international team of authors, since 2006 Helena Bulaja is developing her new project, experimental interactive documentary Mechanical Figures, inspired by Croatia-born scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla.

Examining subjective opinions and myths about the private life of inventor Nikola Tesla (1856 – 1943) in her work Mechanical Figures_Inspired by Tesla, Helena Bulaja reconstructs the ideas and the significance of his public activities.

The film will be released in different media: as a linear theatric and TV documentary, a series of short films, as well as an interactive film for the Web and mobile devices such as iPhone and iPad. In the film, stories and thoughts about Tesla and creativity are told by some of the most intriguing and inspiring artists, thinkers, writers and scientists, like the film director Terry Gilliam, musician and artist Laurie Anderson, performance artist Marina Abramovic, writer Christopher Priest, new media theorist Douglas Rushkoff, actor Andy Serkis, scientist and president of Kyoto University Hiroshi Matsumoto and others.



While celebrating a school day the Croatian Primary school “Ivan Goran Kovacic” from Slavonski Brod prepared integrated project “Cultural Heritage” and presented  it inventively as an exhibition of workshops and a special Multimedia Ambience.

The project “Cultural Heritage” included several workshops: Slavonian cuisine, customs, housing, traditional kids games, folk habits, dance etc. This year a special event was a Multimedia Ambience created by team leader MA Vesna Srnic which integrated atonal music  “Improvisation II for piano and tape” composed by Kresimir Seletkovic and played by Damir Greguric, installations, projections and  jumbo poster with cultural authorities from the County history and contemporary artists as well, thus connecting tradition and (post)modernity.


The Perforations Festival takes place annually in Croatia and presents a range of artists working in performance art, theater, and dance, whose diverse approaches to art-making blurs the borders between these genres. Highlights from this festival will be presented in New York at La MaMa from March 11 – March 20, 2011.

Their work touches upon issues of identity (public, political, religious), redefining borders and space, a collective past, and personal histories, but most of all their work talks about the present. Highlights from this festival will be presented at New York La MaMa, offering audiences insight into contemporary lines of artistic thinking from some of the most provocative and influential artists in the region. Perforations Festival New York will feature U.S. premieres from Ivo Dimchev (Bulgaria); BADco. (Croatia); Sanja Mitrović (Serbia); Igor Josifov (Macedonia); Petra Kovačić (Croatia); Željko Zorica (Croatia); Slovenian Youth Theater (Slovenia); Via Negativa (Slovenia); and Ivica Buljan/Mini Teater (Croatia/ Slovenia).



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WHW curatorial collective from Zagreb has announced  that the concept for the next Croatian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale is going to be based on the artworks by performance artist  Antonio Lauer aka Tom Gotovac and performative collective BADco. while exibited at Arsenale.

WHW initiated the project  in 1998 when independent alternative publishing house Arkzin published 150th anniversary edition of the Marx’s Communist Manifesto with an introduction by Slavoj Zizek, took its shape in the area in which the considerations about possibilities of political and artistic engagement were interlocked with issues of local daily politics. The collective has curated a wide range of international exhibitions around the world, most notably the Istanbul Biennale 2009.

Many years of consistent work in the field of experimental film and performance, made Tomislav Gotovac one of the most important Croatian contemporary artists. Gotovac began to transfer daily activities to art sphere with public performances such as Haircut and Shaves (1970, 1971) Watching TV (1980). In 1971 he acts in Lazar Stojanović’s film Plastic Jesus. The film was banned due its subversive content and Gotovac was not allowed to graduate till 1976. In 1971 Gotovac have run naked through Belgrade’s Sremska Street. The performance was reencted ten years later in Zagreb’s main street Ilica for Zagreb, I love you (running naked, kissing the asphalt) performance, which shocked dormant environment. In 2005 Gotovac has changed his name to Antonio Lauer. He died in 2010.

BADco. is a collaborative performance collective based in Zagreb, Croatia. Reconfiguring established relations between performance and audience, challenging perspectival givens and architectonics of performance, problematizing of communicational structures – all of that makes BADco. an internationally significant artistic phenomenon and one of the most differentiated performance experiences.



Zaha Hadid Architects have designed two prototype villas for a site overlooking the historic town of Dubrovnik in Croatia. The total development comprises 400 villas, two 5* hotels, luxury apartments, retail facilities, a spa and an 18 hole golf course including a golf resort club house.

The concepts, named “Rock” (left) and “Shell” (right), have been developed to help define the architectural style of the resort, which will eventually consist of 400 villas plus hotels and a golf course. The area of development is located north of Dubrovnik, a Unesco World Heritage Site. The land comprises 430 hectare and is located on a high plateau approximately 300m to 400m above sea level, north of the old town of Dubrovnik.

Design concept has a highly expressive, sculptural quality, infused with a sense of light and space. Light and views are the driving forces of the house.



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