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Željko Kipke

Writing lucidly, visualizing enigmatically, Kipke the artist lives a hermetic reality and existential sensibility, but has to avoid quick statements in that singular Image of the World.

Kipke shows the degrees of his belief, moving from a magic trick to an effort to prove authenticity, all through the hard work.

Dr Vesna Srnic, docent

More on the exhibition:

8th December 2022 to 29 January 2023, the National Museum of Modern Art, Zagreb 

National Museum of Modern Art

In front of the Art Pavilion in Zagreb, the artist Kata Mijatovic set up a small black house without doors and windows, slightly larger than a dog’s house. But the house hums, generating a mechanical threatening sound of some machine…

Without the ancient good, beautiful and true, without the human dominance over technology, only the power for dominance and fear of other people produces a black threat of dead Art…

New performance Glocal Art of Aging is a strong performative symbol and a unique field of knowledge – the image of the meeting of young and old is an INDICATION OF THE PROBLEM in Western culture that needs to be addressed on many levels: philosophical, social, cultural and artistic, religious…


Situationally and performatively through the “site-specific” artistic action (city square Ivana Brlić Mažuranić in Slavonski Brod / noon), we will multiply the simultaneous symbolic overlap of intense symbolic encounter of young and old: through the dance experience of three dancers, students (Elementary School I. G. Kovačić and Crafts -technical school) and 80 students on a multimedia assignment (Teacher Training, UNISB) will meet with 5 senior users of the Home for the Elderly and the Infirm.
Along with minimalist, contemporary music, three dancers from Zagreb of different generations will perform dance meditation on the Square: retired choreographer and dancer Mirjana Preis, middle-aged dancer Tamara Curić and young student Gita Curić.

All students will be aware of the importance of their existential role “moving to meet the elderly”, university students will be mentors who will guide old people a few meters across the square to meet the young, and young people will give them flowers and cakes… During the meeting three interactive generations of dancers will encourage dancing as “the revolution of tenderness” (Papa, I wish you a smile).
Writing about the importance of meeting and listening to “young prophets and old dreamers”, the Pope stressed the need for the reality of wise rooting with the synergy of young, playful enthusiasts with experienced elders who want to make their wealth available to the mutual benefit of growth.

A large number of students will actively participate in the performance by recording multimedia tasks as final works in the course Media Culture (UNISB).
In a scientific review of this phenomenon of dialogic actualization of young and old, eminent scientists with glocal addresses will write: Dr Kruno Martinac from Melbourne, Australia, Professor Ph.D Lino Veljak and Assistant Professor Suzana Marjanić from Zagreb, then psychiatry specialist MA Jugoslav Gojković and Assitant Professor Ph.D Vesna Srnić from Slavonski Brod who is also the author of the project.

Ph.D Vesna Srnic, ARTHEA president

PUBLICATION (in Croatian language)


UNISB – Odjel drušveno-humanističkih znanosti





Social network GLOCAL – ART


Primary school Ivan Goran Kovačić

Secondary school Obrtničko-tehnička škola


Conductor Ivan Josip Skender and Media-Via editor PhD. Vesna Srnić

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Ivana Brlić Mažuranić Concert and Theater Hall in Slavonski Brod, the Zagreb ensemble Cantus performed three contemporary compositions on 27th February, 2022 in its world-renowned style:

Berislav Šipuš – Četiri pjesme sjećanja / Four songs of remembrance
Ivana Kiš – na na na na
Krešimir Seletković – Suita iz baleta Air / Air Ballet Suite

Conductor: Ivan Josip Skender

Concentration and integrity were holistically woven in demanding sections of aleatory, atonal and asymmetrical music. In other parts mixed-media synaesthetically sounds like those in action or animated films… In moments when the World is buzzing with low frequencies, this music is a gift with its enthusiastic art both when it thunders and when the muses whisper.


Video by MV – with courtesy of Cantus

A student of University of Slavonski Brod/UNISB Magdalena Tunjic created a short video on performance Glocal Art: Counterpoint Harmony.

By combining the artistic process into a harmony of free variation and contrast punctus contra punctum or point against point, we created a dynamic performative composition. We have woven the differentiation of the stylistic identities of the musicians into the stimulating, minimalist What Lies Hidden at the Root of an Obscure Edifice matrix of a professional composer. Each of the musicians, mostly related by birth in the same city of Slavonski Brod, but now from different parts of the world, from Australia (Dr Kruno Martinac) through Europe (University Professor Predrag Repanic, MA Mus. Aljaz Razdevsek, Musician Tomislav Brezicevic) to Canada (MA Arch. Siniša Tomic), innovated from their environment a representative audio sample of authentic and complex integration into the cantus firmus matrix, with the subsequent fairly summarize procedure done by the Professor of composition.

The resulting intelligent quantum / holographic fractal (pars pro toto) of consecutive octaves with consecutive spacing error tolerance is going to be exposed intensively in a specific place (Town Square), at a specific time (12 AM) for 15 minutes and accompanied with contemporary dancer Nastasja Stefanic from Zagreb in front of the urban citizens and students on a multimedia assignment.

It will be another NGO ARTHEA’s glocal call to the City and the World to live aesthetic and ethical values.

PhD. Vesna Srnic, Associate Professor, UNISB

NGO Culture, media and education – ARTHEA president

Ministry of Culture and Media in Republic of Croatia informed on their official web page about our performance which will be held on May 8 (Saturday) in Slavonski Brod:

Final e-learning work of 2nd year students of the Teacher Education Department at the University of Slavonski Brod (UNISB), within the course Contemporary Media in Literature Teaching, under the mentorship of PhD Vesna Srnić, research associate.

PhD. Vesna Srnic has just published an original paper on Memory in co-authorship with Vice-Dean of Faculty of Teacher Education in Osijek, department in Slavonski Brod PhD. Emina Berbić-Kolar and student Igor Ilić, in the American journal “Communication, Society and Media” (ISSN 2576-5388 (Print) ISSN 2576-5396 (Online), Vol. 1, No. 2, 2018 )


In addition to the well-known classification of long-term and short-term memory, we are also interested in distinguishing episodic, semantic and procedural memory in the areas of linguistic narrative and multimedial semantic deconstruction in postmodernism. We compare the liveliness of memorization in literary tradition and literature art with postmodernist divisions and reverberations of traditional memorizations through human multitasking and performative multimedia art, as well as formulate the existence of creative, intuitive and superhuman paradigms.

Since the memory can be physical, psychological or spiritual, according to neurobiologist Dr. J. Bauer (Das Gedächtnis des Körpers, 2004), the greatest importance for memorizing has the social role of collaboration, and consequently the personal transformation and remodelling of genomic architecture, yet the media theorist Mark Hansen thinks technology brings different solutions of framing function (Hansen, 2000). We believe that postmodern deconstruction does not necessarily damage memory, especially in the field of human multitasking that utilizes multimedia performative art by means of anthropologization of technology, thereby enhancing artistic and affective pre&post-linguistic experience while unifying technology and humans through intuitive empathy in society.

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Vedran Ruzic jazz quartet played multimedially joined with a huge screened film „Spiritual Market“ on 28th June, 2018 in The Ivana Brlic Mazuranic Concert Hall in Slavonski Brod, Croatia. „Spiritual Market“ combines the original jazz album of Vedran Ružić – inspired by the journeys of Marco Polo with the music accompanying art film, made by John Kardum and Ira Tomić.

Highly coordinated quartet sounded not only as a perfect western jazz, but also as a singular and highly spirited shaman in his endevaor! The sound was extremely and crystally penetrating thanks to the new, expensive equipment of the concert hall. Especially the Vedran’s dubble bass was impressive. The film pretended to be abstract but was illustrating facts occasionally. “Spiritual Market” was awarded with Porin for The Best Jazz Album in 2016.


Spiritual Market teaser


The jazz album was created in combination with overtones from Istria and the Far East, it follows Polo’s journey from Venice to China. The album unites 5 original pieces of Ružić, a late medieval motet and a traditional Mongolian piece with new arrangements. With Ružić on the double bass, the quartet is completed with his colleagues from the conservatorium in Klagenfurt – Adriano Bernobić on the drums, Pavle Miljenović on the guitar and Mario Biočić joining them with the saxophone on three pieces on the album. In addition to the music and paintings, Ira Tomić and John Kardum joined with photography and an art movie – as a result, the project “Spiritual Market” evolved, inspired by the journeys of Marco Polo to the Far East.

Vedran Ružić is an academic painter (on his last year at the academy of fine arts in Rijeka/Croatia) and a professional double bass jazz-musician. In 2017 he won the Croatia’s highest prize in music for the best jazz album of the year (Spiritual Market). He has his own atelier in Volosko/Opatija, where he works on his paintings and music.

Vedran Ruzic Trio – Night speaking (Official video) 


Teaser and a Media-Via short video with courtesy of the artist.

hnk_listopadThis season’s Philosophical Theater started with the famous British Pakistani activist, writer, theorist,  journalist and filmmaker Tariq Ali. The leader Srecko Horvat, known in Europe for his  leftist activism, moderated the interview on 30th October, 2016 in The Croatian National Theater (HNK) in Zagreb. Horvat’s schedule for upcoming months is as follows:
27th November – sociologists Zygmunt Bauman and Alexandra Kania
4th December – Yanis Varoufakis
27th January 2017 – Bobby Gillespie and Franco B. Bifo (blending philosophy and rock and roll)

After the short performance of the drama with his text “The New Adventures of Don Quixote”, during this very pleasant evening Tariq Ali introduced himself as a rigorous and sensitive theorist and playwright at the same time. While criticizing pessimistiali_horvatcally the American and European capitalist society, he stressed the importance of the real democracy (not the fake ones where it’s necessary “to pinch the nose”) and objective reasoning of those who appreciate the positive approach to society and culture.

Tariq Ali is a Britdetalj_don_quijoteish Pakistani writer, journalist, and filmmaker. He is a member of the editorial committee of the New Left Review and Sin Permiso (es), and contributes to The Guardian, CounterPunch, and the London Review of Books. He read PPE in University of Oxford.




Sources: wikipedia

After several European leftist philosophers, scientists and writers (Julia Kristeva, Niccolo Ammanti, Slavoj Zizek, Saskia Sassen and Richard Sennett, Thomas Piketty) Philosophy Theatre moderator Srecko Horvat organised an interview with the famous English Oscar winning actress Vanessa Redgrave, at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb. The old, sometimes lucid, good looking aristocratic and arrogant actress is still involved in human rights activism.

Vanessa Redgrave (1937) is an English actress of stage, screen and television, as well as a political activist.

She is also known by the activist work as she has started protests against the Vietnam War, and continued with the struggle for Palestine and visiting Sarajevo during the occupation. The Stage magazine listed her in 2010 to ninth place on the list of the greatest actresses of all time. She played more than thirty roles in the West End and Broadway, most notably those in the plays The Year of magical thinking, Long journey into the night and Driving Miss Daisy.

Beside the theater career, she appeared in more than eighty films, six times was nominated for the Oscar, which was awarded to her for Best Supporting Actor in the film Julia (Fred Zinnemann, 1977). The films in which she acted like Isadore (Karel Reisz, 1968) and Blow-Up (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966) have become classics of film history.




Interacting global” and local” in the glocal” is our way of softening the boundaries by encountering “foreignand domestic” as a form of struggle against xenophobia or fear of strangers. On 9th May we presented two simultaneous dancing and meditative performances: passionate Irish dancer Paul O’Grady performed traditional Irish dances, while Chinese meditative dance TaiChi was performed by Chinese professor Wang Qian, a lecturer at the Confucius Institute and the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb. PUBLICATION_on Glocal Art