Category: Media Art


Artistic individuation as a performative ‘gender indeterminacy’

Creating this year’s state of mind on the Croatian City Square, promoting human rights to diversity, our civic organization “Culture, Media and Education” – ARTHEA presented a new dance performance: two students of contemporary dance from the Academy of Drama Arts in Zagreb – Simun Stankov and Mate Jonjic, as well as a student from the Faculty of Educational Sciences in Osijek,  department in Slavonski Brod Igor Ilic, in long skirts and choreography of Zagreb dancer and musician Nastasja Stefanic performed an improvisation on jazz music by the American artist John Zorn, gaining an inspiration from the world famous Israeli Dance group Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, with whom the author of the project PhD. Vesna Srnic has arranged co-operation. (culturenet.hr ; http://glocal-art.ning.com/https://www.facebook.com/groups/glocalart ; )  Brochure in Croatian language –PUBLIKACIJA_2017 

Part of the art performance is also a multimedia platform realized by the students of the Academy of Arts in Osijek, under the mentorship of prof.art. Vladimir Frelih, as well as a student of the Faculty of Educational Sciences in Osijek, department in Slavonski Brod Valentina Jackiv and Rian Skrinjaric, the student of Primary School “Ivan Goran Kovacic”, educated by the teacher Tomislav Lacic.

As the author of the project stated in her thesis of doctoral dissertation that the artistic individuation is the way of solving the gender problematic and that only with the aesthetic changes of reality we re-create and acquire a new personality without gender discrimination or categorization, neither androgynous nor transgender. Of course, we do not eliminate the potentials of individuals and communities that explore all the transitional boundaries of their gender.

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The particular importance of the project is seen in the global decentralization of culture and the penetration of a progressive performative approach to urban space in which the overwhelming conservatism of culture and rigid xenophobia prevail, ie the frustration by the contemporary art practices as a different worldview of abstract imagination and, above all, the presence of strangers. We incorporate this civic educational project in primary, secondary and tertiary curricula.

Scientific reviews on artistic performances will be written by: Professor PhD. Lino Veljak (Head of the Department of Ontology, Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb), Mediologist Professor dr Divna Vuksanovic (Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Belgrade, President of the Association of Citizens for Art, Culture, Media and Social Issues “Young Peas”), dr Jugoslav Gojkovic (Department of Psychiatry, Slavonski Brod), and the media aesthetician PhD. Vesna Srnic, associate professor at the Faculty of Educational Sciences in Osijek, a department in Slavonski Brod.

Video of the whole performance:

This year civic organization “Culture, Media and Education” – ARTHEA was financially supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, the City of Slavonski Brod, the Tourist Board of Slavonski Brod and Brodsko-Posavska County.

Croatian culture web centre – Culturenet.hr, informed on the performance (in Croatian language):

http://www.culturenet.hr

Local television SBTV information at 18:48 – 22:40 (in Croatian):

Brochure in Croatian language PUBLIKACIJA_2017 

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Post-modernism in PhD Vesna Srnic teaching Media Culture at the J.J. Strossmayer University of Osijek, Faculty of Education in Osijek, Department in Slavonski Brod.

Environmental random sounds (news, harmonious and disharmonious, laughter, whispering, noise, croon) from the exterior and interior of the Faculty of Education in Osijek, Department in Slavonski Brod.

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performative contemporary danceOn Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 12 am at the town square “Ivana Brlić Mažuranić” in Slavonski Brod, civil organization “Culture, Media and Education” – ARTHEA orchestrated multimedia performative trine “World image and performativity of glocal consciousness”, culturally aimed against xenophobia as destructor of conservative ego. Our project is a  multiplatform awareness raising programme with a heavy emphasis on performance art in urban surroundings.

The glocal (global and local) artists in simultaneous performances were: Slovenian Aljaz Razdevsek on saxophone (a graduate of the Music Academy in Zagreb and Conservatoire a rayonnment regional de Lyon), Aljaz Razdevsek on saxophoneFrenchman Regis Kattie on keyboards (a graduate of the Music Academy in Zagreb), and three graduates, contemporary dancers from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb – Nastja Stefanic, Eleonora Magdalena Vrdoljak and Cynthia Kucic. Online reviews of multimedia visions on performances can be seen at the social network http://glocal-art.ning.com by the following scientists: Prof. Ph.D. Lino Veljak from the Department of ontology of the Faculty of Regis Kattie on keyboardsPhilosophy in Zagreb, then Dr. Kruno Martinac from the Murdoch University, Australia, as well as Prof. PhD. Divna Vuksanovic from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Belgrade and MA Jugoslav Gojkovic, dr. Med. at the Department of Psychiatry, Slavonski Brod.

The author of performative artistic-scientific project is Ph.D. Vesna Srnic, research associate at the Faculty of Educational Sciences in Osijek, study in Slavonski Brod.

More about the project at the online platform http://glocal-art.ning.com/

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Video by Valentina Jackiv, student of the Faculty of Educational Sciences in Osijek, study in Slavonski Brod

Our project is a  multiplatform awareness raising programme with a heavy emphasis on performance art in urban surroundings.

Through this project we hope to:

  1. Combat xenophobia (fear of strangers)
  2. Contribute to the decentralisation of culture and spread cultural events outside of major institutions via civil organisation.
  3. Increase the presence of performance arts in urban environments.

With the imminent entrance of Croatia in to the EU the need for a project that raises awareness of European values is greater than ever.The project puts a heavy emphasis on bringing european values to its’ future citizens on a more intimate and local level. More often than not it’s the localities that are neglected since most programmes deem it only necessary to target major cities.

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 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. Web logs, social networking and traditional forms of media will ensure that the program will not go unnoticed. With the all the performers, intelectuals, experts and the general public involved the project has huge potential to reach a massive audience.

A performance as dance is universal. Every culture has one. This project takes advantage of this and uses the fact to „hook“ by standers. From then they ask themselves the questions needed to come to the realisation that multiculturality and understanding is indeed the road that needs to be taken. This unique combination of performances in urban surroundings combined with online conferences, discussions and multimedia campaign (brochures, social networking) will ensure that the project will reach it’s full potential.

The members of ARTHEA are scientists, professors, artists, students and agile creative citizens. The association is registered as a competente civil organisation for the Cultural areas of Art, Media and Internet, thus it promotes Media culture and raises awareness on the Multicultural integration.

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MargaretheA famous German film director and screenwriter Margarethe von Trotta was Srecko Horvat’s Philosophy Theatre guest at the Croatian National Theatre, on 29th May, 2016.  Strong and self-confident, von Trotta talked with a lot of humour about her life and career, as well as about her aproach to activism, feminism and psychological characterisation of people. She claimed that she is not a politician, nor feminist filmmaker, although she finds her characters in such an environment. As an art historian, she makes dreamlike art films and belives such medium has a direct affect, one that has a huge impact on you.

Margarethe von Trotta (1942) is a German film director who has been referred to as a “leading force” of the New German Cinema movement. Von Trotta boasts an impressive body of work that has won her awards all over the world in the last forty years. She was married to and collaborated with director Volker Schlöndorff. Although they made a successful team, von Trotta felt she was seen as secondary to Schlöndorff. Subsequently, she established

 

a solo career for herself and became “Germany’s foremost female film director, who has offered the most sustained and successful female variant of Autorenkino in postwar German film history.” Certain aspects of von Trotta’s work have been compared to Ingmar Bergman’s features from the 1960s and 1970s. She says that it was thanks to Bergman’s films that she “‘fell in love’ with the medium and its possibilities for representing inner psychic worlds.”

She co-wrote many of the scripts for his films, and in 1975 the two of them co-directed The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975). In 1977, von Trotta directed her first solo feature The Second Awakening of Christa Klages (1978) (The Second Awakening of Christa Klages). With her third film, Marianne & Juliane (1981), von Trotta’s position as New German Cinema’s most prominent and successful female filmmaker was fully secured. Other films: Sheer Madness (Heller Wahn, 1983), , Love and Fear (Fürchten und Lieben / Paura e amore, 1988), Rosa_Luxemburg, Vision (Aus dem Leben der Hildegard von Bingen, 2009), Hannah_Arendt (2012).

Von Trotta has been called “the world’s leading feminist filmmaker.” The predominant aim of her films is to create new representations of women. Her films are concerned with relationships between and among women (sisters, best friends, etc.), as well as with relationships between women and men, and involve political setting. Nevertheless, she rejects the suggestion that she makes “women’s films”.

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Fountain_Square_Slavonski Brod (Photo by Media-Via)Thanks to the support of the Croatian Ministry of Culture, the European House, Tourist Board and the Department for EU integration, we continue for the third year with our performative project “World Image and Performativeness of Glocal Consciousness”. The link between “global” and “local” in the “Glocal” is our way of softening the borders of meeting “foreign” and “domestic” as a form of fighting xenophobia or fear of foreigners. We will present two simultaneous dancing and meditative performances: Irish dancer Paul O’Grady will perform traditional Irish dances, and Chinese Professor Wang Qian, lecturer at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb will introduce Chinese meditative dance Tai-Chi. Their performances are expected to turn into workshops of animating the students of “Faculty of Educational Sciences in Osijek”, study in Slavonski Brod, as well as other interested observers at the town square “Ivana Brlić Mažuranić”, on Saturday, May 9, at 12 am.

Scientists – participants: Dr. Kruno Martinac (Murdoch university, Melbourne), Ph.D Lino Veljak (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb), Assistant Professor MA. Vladimir Frelih and Art Assistant Domagoj Susac (Art Academy in Osijek, Osijek), Dr. Divna Vuksanovic (Faculty of Drama Arts, Belgrade), Dr. Dragan Calovic (Faculty for culture and media, Beograd), Ph.D Zdravko Palavra (ICT teacher, Daruvar), Dr. Jugoslav Gojkovic (J. Bencevic hospital, psychiatrist, Slavonski Brod) , and Ph.D Vesna Srnic (NO “Culture, media and education” – ARTHEA president, the author of the project). http://glocal-art.ning.com

Elaborating in an abstract and impersonal way, we start from the position that the performativity of the “World Image and Performativiness of Glocal Consciousness” is reflexive and critical, meditative art event, which is not preferring “Image” in itself, nor is rejecting it, at least not the way W.J.T. Mitchell talks in his book “What Do Pictures Want?” (93-96 pages).

In fact, Mitchell believes that the Images “live” because, apparently, we bring life to them or we iconoclasticly destroy that life in pictures … But we stand on the point of view that due to the reflection of a performative artwork there are no primitive fantasies (the types of “idol, fetish, totem”) that would include or exclude the Image, but contrary there is the anthropological establishing of ontological phenomenon of “to be here and now” (Dasain, Heidegger), which results in an artistic transpersonal existential actualization.

Mitchell states that the especially “totem” is collective representation, and totemic rituals are “the crazy guilt of social differentations” (page 99), which is an anthropological position between “natural” and “cultural” (page 101). Supported by the inscription of Durkheim’s allegations Mitchell believes that the “Image of the totem is happier than totem itself” (page 101), and so that totemism is an example of birth of Images (procreation), where the Image is “God” …

We believe that by the performativity of artistic event we can avoid birth or death of the “Image” as a fantasy monster, as a political coloration, and as far as Mitchell is fascinated by the monumentality of Images, by the gigantism of technology or as he says by the “dinosaur” – the totem, the animal of modernity, we see the “Image” or its Absence as contemplation in the space and time.

According to his obviously “necessary” fantasy thinking, Mitchell asks: “Do we create images or do they create us?” (page 105) In that sense this inevitability is supported by the explanation of totemism: “Totemism allows the image to assume a social, conversational, and dialectical relationship with the beholder, the way a doll or a stuffed animal does with children.” (page 106) Consequently, it is an example where Mitchell himself immaturely shows this dangerous infantilism in his theses!

The project “World Image and Performativeness of Glocal Consciousness” set the “World Image” in the spatial – temporal depletion zone with “No Images”, without infantile fantasies and desires, while keeping only the normal “middle existential path” (Media-Via).

Ph.D. Vesna Srnic

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Frelih_Petrovic_Tote_Mitte_Mrtva_sredina“With series of works exhibited in this exhibition, the artists directly say that their security at central line art deadens them. “Losing the center” (Verlust der Mitte) in this dead security is being replaced by minimizing the artistic (sometimes technical) terms, but not the visual impression. In this context, the authors have indicated many times proven architectural postulate of the modern era: “Less is more”, thinks Igor Loinjak.

Vladimir Frelih was born in Osijek. From 1994 to 2000 he studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in classes with Professor Nan Hoover, Nam June Paik and Magdalene Jetelova. Since 2008 he is assistant professor at the Department of Fine Arts, Art Academy in Osijek.

Gastzimmer, Stuttgart, Njemačka
20th November, 2014 – 30th November, 2014

Atelier Wilhelmstrasse 16 e.V.
Wilhelmstrasse 16
70372 Stuttgart Bad Cannstatt

Vladimir Frelih Biography/ in Croatian

Ana Petrovic Biography

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Image (courtesy of author Vladimir Frelih)

A very agile director of the Art Gallery in Split, Branko Franceschi continues in progressive style: Gallery presents two contemplative artists – Damir Babic and Mirjana Vodopija. To paraphrase  curators Stipsic-Vukovic and Krpasic, Nature and Cosmos serve the artists only as an inspiration to record the other, thought and spiritual states, thinking about the core values and the meaning of human existence, which are often triggered by intense experiences of nature, as an “ecology of the spirit” and “cosmic symbolism”. (29.09. – 25.10.2015.)

damir_babic_It_is_all_one_breath_2013Croatian artist Damir Babic was born in 1962 in Zagreb. He graduated in his hometown on the Academy of Fine Arts in 1991, in the class of professor Đuro Seder. He lives and works in Rijeka.
Damir Babic exhibits his opus/cycle “Where silence begins?” (2010-2015). After the forest landscapes from the cycle “Who expelled the silence? Hearts vein” he painted three separated forest landscapes (“Are decisions really taken within the mind”, “Everything is the way it has to be”and “What happens in the space of possible reversal?”), while the third cycle relates to the whole landscape of the sea. Nature serves to Babic only as an inspiration to record the other, thought and spiritual states, thinking about the core values and the meaning of human existence, which are often triggered by intense experiences of nature.
Damir Babic falls into the small but special class of artists who deal with “ecology of the spirit”, in that group of artists who are not offered consolation placebo to decrease the feeling of having no perspective of existence, but their creation embodies the hope of a happier existence. In his “search for the miraculous” (Uspenski), he offers us a meditative polygons, leaving a strong impression of pulsating energy and the knowledge that at the present time, when a person is preoccupied with material values, there is a spiritual sphere.

(Marija Stipisic Vukovic, from the text in the exhibition catalog)
Curator: Marija Vukovic Stipisic
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Mirjana Vodopija was born in Zagreb in 1963. She graduated in 1987 at the graphic department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, in the class of Professor Miroslav Sutej. Since 2007 she has worked at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, currently as associate professor, where since 2012 she has served as vice dean for education and students. He lives and works in Zagreb.

In determining the aesthetic starting points of creativity Mirjana Vodopija often emphasizes the focus of the works on research design and the possibility of autonomous artistic medium. This concept of art includes the exploration and questioning of art, movement within its immanent possibilities, without reference to the socio-political context or even the sphere of everyday life. But the author is deeply involved in existential themes, as she refers precisely to what makes us human – it is the sphere of questioning the possibility of seeing, feeling, imagination, thinking. Is that not the true area of human existence, the art of comfort and hope, the expanded vision? In her works Mirjana Vodopija finds cosmic symbolism, universal themes that connect us and unite, encourages contemplation.
Awakening the elementary level of reality and our consciousness, looking at the perception and experience to their sources, the feeling of being, presence of lighting – these are the quiet basics of Mirjana Vodopija, she always returns to in her art. Great photo prints, video projections and environments provide a rich and complex visual experience, encouraging the active involvement of the viewer rather than passive viewing, invoking powerful emotional and spiritual experience. Thus the permanent artistic task is realised – make things visible, touch the aura of the contemporary.

(Kornelia Krpacic, the text in the exhibition catalog)
Curator: Kornelia Krpacic
(Translation by Media-Via)

 

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http://www.galum.hr/izlozbe/izlozba/1382/

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As “London Evening Standard” informs Monty Python’s Flying Circus will perform “a historic reunion” at O2 Arena, in Jul 1-5 & 15-20, but doubts as well if they will still be hysterically funny after all these years?
“Due to overwhelming popular demand, the Pythons have added a further five shows to the Monty Python Live (mostly) run at the The O2 arena, on 15, 16, 18, 19, 20 July 2014.” Tickets were on-sale at 10am on Friday 29 November.

“Tickets for the first reunion performance on 1 July sold out in a record 43.5 seconds. A further four extra dates (2 – 5 July) went on sale immediately and sold out soon afterwards.”

Monty Python (sometimes known as The Pythons) are a British surreal comedy group that created Monty Python’s Flying Circus, a British television comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. Forty-five episodes were made over four series. The Python phenomenon developed from the television series into something larger in scope and impact, spawning touring stage shows, films, numerous albums, several books and a stage musical as well as launching the members to individual stardom. The group’s influence on comedy has been compared to The Beatles’ influence on music

Bruno Budrovic (illustration)Comics appeared officially in the United States in the second half  of the 19th century – not by chance  in  the age of onset and strong affirmation of the mass media: photography and film. The comics are an important cultural phenomenon and that was explained to us in the 1970s thanks to several theorists of visual communication. Special thanks goes to the very respected Dr Vera Horvat- Pintaric, as she made ​​of it an object of wider interest, singled it out of  “despised consumer goods” and introduced it to the Faculty as a subject of study (with posters, photography, film, television, commercials, video, thus normally “academic” science was not dealt with) .
( Part of the introduction of the exhibition about Comics created by the Croatian internationally famous artist/illustrator Bruno Budrovic and Josip Majic in the Miroslav Kraljevic Gallery, Zagreb, 1995.)

(Bruno Budrovic, Illustration, courtesy of the artist)

The Italian theorist Umberto Eco, one of the renowned scholars of mass media, including comics, analyses  the complexities of the mediain in his book “The Interpretation of Steve Canyon”, which can be recognized on the semantic (symbolic), ideological and anthropological level.Josip Majic, Camp (Courtesy of the artist)

The basic element of semantics of the comics is a conventional sign of “the bubble” that accompanies the standardization of a mood: if it ends with the sharp edge, leading to the person who talks, “the bubble” means “direct talk”, then if it ends in a series of bubbles, it indicates “the reflective discourse”, and finally if the “bubble” has serrated edge then it indicates excitement, fear, etc.

A graphic sign is also an important element, especially used in the sonorous service as an onomatopoeic extension resource of a language (eg. “zip” of a bullet, “gulp” of an astonishment), but it is often taken from English and put into other languages, losing direct contact with the meaning (“smack” or blow of a fist ).

These semantic elements constitute a particular grammar of cadre, referring to the impact of the film, especially the form of montage. However, the comic has the original montage: not achieving a steady flow with fixed frames as a movie, but it is achieved through ideal continuity of breaking the continuum of basic elements that the reader in imagination connects and sees as a continuum. Such elliptical process, from the standpoint of communication means programmatic removal of redundancy, hence allowing a high information capacity.

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A roundatable The NGO “Culture, Media and Education” – ARTHEA successfully implemented multicultural project, created by president dr. Vesna Srnic, named “WORLD IMAGE AND PERFORMATIVENESS OF GLOCAL CONSCIOUSNESS”. The project was finalised on 10th May, at 12 am at the town square in the form of performance (dance of the Indian girl Gayatri) and as an international roundtable / symposium in the conference hall of Hotel Art in Slavonski Brod, Croatia. Croatian “Ministry of culture”  informs on our project on their web page Culturenet.hr.
Our project exRoundtableamines orchestration of the World Image through global and local considerations, therefore, the glocal-art strives to eliminate the negative effects of globalization on the vitality on the one hand and localizations of nationalisms on the other . The purpose of the global and local ( glocal ) reflection on the multicultural project is easing the fear from/of foreigners or xenophobia, and was prepared in the framework of the EU week in Brod-Posavina County. More about the project can be found on the NGOs online platform, social network http://glocal-art.ning.com.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mm8VuahDEUYIndian dancer Gayatri at the Town square

The project implementation participants :
Prof. doc. Vladimir Frelich from the Academy of Arts, Osijek and graduate Lucija Jakovina, Ph.D. Vesna Srnic, external collaborator of The Faculty of Teachers’ education in Osijek, dislocated study in Slavonski Brod with students Tanja Djuric and Iva Bagaric, Doctors of science of Association NGO “New peas”, Belgrade, Serbia: Dr. Vlatko Ilić and Dr. Aleksandra Brakus, MA. Jugoslav Gojkovic, Dr. med. psychiatrist,
Ph.D. Zdravko Palavra, Information and communication sciences, Embassy of the Republic of India, Zagreb and professional dancer Gayatri Maric, as well as Europe House Slavonski Brod and head of the EU direct Prof. Bozica Sedlic.

Colleagues who did not attend, have been included in the discussion and exchange of information across our virtual online platform, social network http://glocal–art.ning.com: distinguished anthropologists Ph.D. Vanja Bors from Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb and Dr. Semir Osmanagic with dual addresses in Houston and Sarajevo, visual communications theorist Dr. Kruno Martinac from Melbourne, MA. doc. Vladimir Frelih from the Art Academy in Osijek , as well as Professors Dr. DivnaVuksanovic and Dr. Dragan Calovic media aestheticians, mediologists and co-organisators of an international symposium Philosophy of media.
The project is being implemented in collaboration with the European House in Slavonski Brod , under the auspices of the Town Slavonski Brod, Brod- Posavina County and the Administrative Department of Development and European Integration.

(Croatian “Ministry of culture”  informs on our project on their web page Culturenet.hr.)

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The American “International Journal of Multidisciplinary Thought” has just published in Volume 03/ Number 03 (for internal use) scientific work “Multitasking Actualisation in Multimedia Art” written by Media-Via’s editor PhD Vesna Srnic.

IJMTIn the long run, multitasking can, when used superficially, cause damage to memory and studying, and can even lead to weakened wisdom. The aim of this paper was to show all ways in which we can deepen our experience and find existential foothold in multitasking multimedia art, both technological and human. The key process in artistic multitasking is, as Sartre explained, a proactive existence of the body, and we add: by intensified experience through emotional cognition, disciplined calming of the mind and intensified attention.Although most researchers mention great stress and adrenaline release in intense situations of multitasking operations, we think the opposite: in multimedia artistic performances multitasking helps achieve a state of deep contemplation through which perceived existence can be adapted and recreated.We are first to bring the papers in public:

“Multitasking is a notion taken from the computer technology area and refers to simultaneous execution of multiple tasks or processes, so we can differentiate between computer and human multitasking. Although in computer multitasking tasks are being executed one by one, its complex arrangement helps build the world of illusionary parallelism known as symmetric multiprocessing.

Human multitasking has been frequently criticized as a simultaneous execution of several commonplace activities such as making phone calls and driving a car, which most frequently leads to distraction and damage to short-term memory.  However, this problem can be solved by repetition and practice, especially if the tasks are interesting and amusing. Scientists believe that such continuous attention is only partial and specific to multitasking and that such cognition is not deep enough.  An example of the most popular and most commercial multitasking is media multitasking – simultaneous usage of the Internet and web, e-mail or electronic mail, television, telephone, radio, video games, CD player etc. Research has shown that not only younger generations are especially skilful at these activities, but older generations as well. Still, it has to be emphasized that distraction and the need to be informed have prevailed over the importance of studying.

However, this paper aims to introduce the notion of ‘multimedia art’ into the sphere of multitasking and to prove that multimedia art is a fertile ground for its application due to its exceptional capacity of orchestrated affective experience of artistic action, and that it is also very convenient for rooting the basic energy of existential support in authenticity and organic memory.”

Here is the full text of scientific paper: PHD SRNIC: MULTITASKING ACTUALISATION IN MULTIMEDIA ART

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A famous American Art Historian Dr. W.J.T. Mitchell, well known for his exceptional opus in visual arts theory, will be a keynote speaker at the Center for Visual Studies conference in Zagreb, from 7th to 9th November, 2013. As the author of the book “What do Pictures want?”, he continuously asks about the “lives and loves of images”, discusses their synergy with technology and mass media, pointing out the contemporary human reality as woven in cyborging and biocybernetics, and concludes that “we will never be done with asking what images mean, what effects they have on us, and what they want from us.”  The author of this observation, Media-Via editor and president PhD Vesna Srnic offers the possible solution, based on her doctoral disertation “Electronic Media and Aesthetics in Postfeminist Theory”: Just deeply synaesthetic phenomenon of “Here and Now” as the affective experience without Images, Sounds and Words – does count as the Mastery!


Agreeing with Dr. Mitchell’s colleague Dr. M.B. Hansen on a thesis statement about the penetrating, sharp intensity of digitalizing regime, as well as about the formatting and framing the content in such artistic media, Dr. Mitchell chooses just posthumanistic pesimistic attitude to discuss, what is a prevailed case in wide global range. The glass with water can be seen as half-full or half-empty! Our opinion is that deep affective perception in Life and Art makes that the Artist who treats technology as a tool and extension, is phenomenologically present in existence holistically, not as a Hermaphrodite, nor Cyborg or Grey, but charismatically as the Live Master in the Media Art. Thus we all of us should be the Artists of applying the hardware and software in wetware, performing deeply affective body and soul language. Just deeply synaesthetic phenomenon of “Here and Now” as the affective experience without Images, Sounds and Words – does count as the Mastery!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brochure in Croatian language

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

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Summary

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

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

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

(Translation: MA. Mirta Kos – Kolobarić)

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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“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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