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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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The conference on audience development will be on 15-17 October by an exchange of good practices among past and future European Capitals of Culture, taking place at the same venue, and at which the Commission will also present its proposal for the future of the European Capitals of Culture beyond 2020.

In parallel, the Education, Audiovisual and Cultural Executive Agency is holding on 15 October a Kick-Off meeting specifically for 350 new beneficiaries of the Culture Programme.

The Culture Programme of the European Commission helps finance an array of initiatives to enhance the vitality of Europe’s cultural sector. It enables hundreds of organisations and thousands of artists and cultural professionals to meet, exchange practice, learn from each other, create together and tour and perform in different European countries. Through performances, websites and other tools the projects reach millions of individuals across the continent. Furthermore, every year the European Capitals of Culture put the spotlight on a couple of European cities, giving them a chance to shine on the European stage for 12 months and to regenerate themselves through culture.

The European Commission wants these activities to reach bigger and wider audiences. It is to this end that it is holding a conference on 16-17 October in Brussels which will provide inspirational examples of audience development by cultural organisations and foster European exchange of practice on audience development strategies.

The website of the conference is now available for registration at: http://www.cultureinmotion.eu/

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

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

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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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The conference will include number of renown speakers from fields of cultural economic and cultural policy studies (e.g. Bruce A. Seaman, Bruno S. Frey, Michael J. Rushton, Francois Matarasso, Vesna Čopič and others).  The conference will take place at the University of Maribor, Maribor, Slovenia from 21.-23. September 2012.

Daedline for sending abstracts is 16th August 2012. Read more details and complete schedule here

“With the conference »Culture – development potentials?« we are aiming toward several main goals. Firstly, we wish to bring to Slovenia during what is perhaps the most important cultural event in Slovenia so far, number of leading experts from the fields of cultural economics, cultural policy, cultural management and other social and human sciences which have culture as their main research objective. We managed to do this previously, in 2010, when several of world leading experts from the field of cultural economics have lectured at the symposium »Economics of the Visual Arts« and we wish to continue where we have begun at that moment.”

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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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Rain Room (MOMA, installation)The Museum of Modern Art announces “a Rain Room is a  field of falling water that pauses wherever a human body is detected—offering visitors the experience of controlling the rain.” MOMA explains and proves “the work invites visitors to explore the roles that science, technology, and human ingenuity can play in stabilizing our environment”.

Using digital technology, Rain Room is a carefully choreographed downpour—a monumental work that encourages people to become performers on an unexpected stage, while creating an intimate atmosphere of contemplation. Known for their distinctive approach to digital-based contemporary practice, Random International’s experimental projects come alive through audience interaction and Rain Room is their largest and most ambitious to-date. The presentation of Rain Room at The Museum of Modern Art is part of EXPO 1: New York, a large-scale festival exploring ecological challengesRain Room is on view at The Museum of Modern Art, courtesy of RH, Restoration Hardware.

EXPO 1: New York is made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America.

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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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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.

“Contemporary literature abounds with expressions such as ‘we live in a connected world, ‘a connected age, a ‘human web and a ‘web society. At first sight this dependence seems rather peculiar because simultaneously there is much talk about individualization, social fragmentation, freedom and independence. But on second thought, this coincidence is not that strange because both tendencies might be two sides of the same coin – at least, that is what is argued in this book: ‘The world may never have been freer, but it has also never been so interdependent and interconnected’ (Mulgan, 1997: 1).”

A new course book written by a Dr. Jan van Dijk from Neetherlands University in Twente is about the new digital media in social and communication science., as well as on the Age of Networks. It’s an intedisciplinary outline of social aspects as a network theory, structuration theory, medium theory and modernization theory.

You can read the first part of the book  “The Network Society” .

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