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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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http://glocal-art.ning.com

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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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