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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.

PhD. Vesna Srnic, Research Fellow
President of civil association “Culture, Media and Education” – ARTHEA
portfolio: https://media-via.net/about
http://www.eenc.info/expert/vesna-srnic (2013-2015)
35 000 Slavonski Brod, Hrvatska, Europe
web: http://media-via.net
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https://www.facebook.com/groups/glocalart
cell-phone: 098 501 835
email: vesna.srnic@sb.htnet.hr

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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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PhD Vesna Srnic, “Comics”, 1995

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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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ikonica_media_art_MVThe famous American MIT Media Lab introduces disputable new topic about social networking sites and stresses that “there is always the danger of a “group think” mentality–when people follow a group consensus rather than critically evaluate information; make decisions without guidance from the social network; or follow “gurus” who provide them with bad information.” We think that the “wisdom of the crowd” is leftist and rightist illusion and doubtful concerning the masses, because only the true Artists/Individuals can conceptually, practically and critically evaluate information. Which means the Art of Living is clever using of both hands and the whole mind and thus a privilege just of Media Art. (More at: https://mediavia.files.wordpress.com )

It is very weak possibility that the “Part of the answer may come from recent work of Media Lab researcher Dr. Yaniv Altshuler, an expert in collective intelligence methods, who is working with Toshiba Professor Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland in the Media Lab’s Human Dynamics research group. Altshuler has developed a tool for social financial trading that helps guide users to make better decisions by improving the information flow within the networks. This is accomplished by diverting the traders’ attention away from certain links, and drawing their attention to others, changing the dynamics of the network.”

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Mihael Giba is a Croatian intermedia artist, who is presenting the first solo exhibition of his work in Slovenia between 9 – 28 March 2012 at P74 Gallery in Ljubljana.

“The exhibition TRUST ME I TRUST YOU presents an installation of this same name, which is composed of a series of five artist books with the same formal character and elegance as the artist’s conceptual poetry(…) The artist’s chosen mode of mapping derives from his desire to create a dialogue between the state and its citizens that is as direct as possible. Through the visualization of data, he moves from the concrete to the abstract only to return again to the concrete. Such movement Lev Manovich has described as the real challenge of data art, which, he says, “is not about how to map some abstract and impersonal data into something meaningful and beautiful” but rather “how to represent the personal subjective experience of a person living in a data society.”[Lev Manovich, “Data Visualisation as New Abstraction and Anti-Sublime” (2002)]

Mihael Giba (b. 1985, Varaždin) received his degree in painting from the Academy of Art at the University of Split, where he is currently employed as a senior assistant in electronic painting and digital photography. He is a member of the international art network Zebra, which founded the exhibition space Greta in Zagreb. He regularly exhibits his work in Croatia in both solo and group shows. In 2010, in collaboration with Dalibor Martinis, he presented his touring project Global Picture in Slovenia.

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Romulic Multimedia Studio (Mario Romulic and Drazen Stojcic) presents the fascinating movie with hundreds of thousands photographs, created by timelapse technique. “The movie you’re about to see is a preview of what we would like to do, in regards of representing Croatia as a destination in a different way.

No one commissioned us to do this, we put our own work, time, gear, money and ideas into it. Because of this we chose the locations, the editing and music as we saw fit.  Of course, what we ended up putting in this video is merely a fragment of what Croatia has to offer. As photographers who have traveled across our country from one end to another, we are well aware that there is so much more to be filmed. And we are more than happy to do it – after all, we’re two guys who really love their job. It’s simply that the pace at which we can finish this project will depend mostly on if we can get financial support, or we’ll have to figure out some other way to pull this off.

Explaining timelapse technique to an average person, or a potential client can be very hard. Even most of our colleagues have no real sense of how demanding timelapses can be. So we decided to skip on the whining and tried to show what timelapse is really about and how visually attractive it can be.

Almost a full year of work went into this. Months and months of work and hundreds of thousands photographs for a few minutes of video. Sounds silly, but that’s basically how it is. For example, we spent last 3 months literally sitting at our workstations editing and rendering frame after frame, shot after shot, location after location. Crazy people 🙂

So, if by the end of this year we end up with another 4 minutes of worthwhile material, we’ll be more than happy to share!

Until then, lay back, relax and enjoy!”

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Timelaps at vimeo.com

http://www.romulic.com/

The Croatian doctor of philosophy Sead Alic published his dissertation „Marshal McLuhan’s Philosophy of Media“ at the Center for Philosophy of Media and Medial research in Zagreb. As the author states he tries to find the arguments for the foundations of a new scientific discipline – Philosophy of Media, i.e. for the proofs that it was Canadian Philosopher Marshal McLuhan himself who was the most important theorist opening a new area and developing the method of interdisciplinary approach to the investigation of the media field.  (Alic S., „Marshal McLuhan’s Philosophy of Media“, 2010, page 422)

“The crucial part of the problem is the omnipresence of mass media which are changing human experience, and question not only contemporary philosophical idea (in its relation towards seduction and manipulation of new technologies/media), but also throw light onto the history of development of medial mediation and awareness about the meaning and influence of that mediation“, and later on he stresses that „the work of McLuhan is very often simplified and reduced to syntagms like Medium is Message, Global Village, Culture is our Business and similar.“  (Alic S., „Marshal McLuhan’s Philosophy of Media“, 2010, page 422).
PhD Alic understands together with McLuhan that constant introduction of new media during history has changed the human experience, so it’s necessary to change the approach to Life in general as well. Investigating the problem through the Tradition of Philosophy (Socrates, Descartes, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche and Marx), Alic uses McLuhan to analyse the concept of Extensions (press technology – books and newspapers, advertising, photography, comics, film, radio, TV, fashion, slang and changes in discourse, and writing) as the central idea of his dissertation. Alic was inspired by McLuhan’s knowledge of Art history and his special attention is focused to the problem of perspective in presentation of Reality. Alic agrees with McLuhan that in tribal times the medium of sound was dominant, while with the invention of the press visual aspects predominated altogether with electronic media, which has resulted  in cultural ruining of human memory .
Doctor Alic had also discussed related ideas of Debord, Bilwet Archive, Debray and Baudrillard, and analysed the critical confrontation of McLuhan’s ideas and Philosophy of Praxis, that he considers an inspiration for opening the Philosophy of Media and inaugurating Marshal McLuhan as the founder of the Philosophy of Media in Postmodernism.
Although doctor Alic, while inspired by Marshal McLuhan’s accordance with the avant-garde, emphasizes a lot of good and bad sides of mass media impact on human health and culture in general, (what sounds realistic as Alic’s inner dialogue is preserved or won), still there is a question concerning his deep fear of media manipulations as he can’t escape them. How to prevent ourselves from media manipulations? Not everything is in sounds and words which he prefers as a doctor of Croatian Literature as well, by devaluating visual communications he just „guesses“ in the end of the dissertation that there are many meanings  in the (archetypical) pictures that carry the potential of consciousness. Our thesis is that affective deepening in unconscious or artistic roots of Media Art, truly guard or economize us humanly to transform transpersonally from the digital stucking into the anthropological safety of humanized technology.

Changing consistency from very concentrated to casual mood, Alic is popular enough to be interesting, but unnecessarily eccentric and not persuasive as he could be. It is strange that in his very valuable book there are so many typographical mistakes,  indicating that the book was published in a hurry.

As a co-founder and a member of Program comittee PhD. Sead Alic, together with PhD. Divna Vuksanovic (Serbia) organized International Interdisciplinary Symposium PHILOSOPHY OF MEDIA – Issues of founding, establishing and/or revelation in September, 2011, on the island Cres, thus celebrating the centenary of the birth of Marshall McLuhan.

PhD Vesna Srnic, media-via editor

During 70’s Croatian artist Zarko Vijatovic, now living and working in Paris, has created in a sync with a conceptual multimedia artist and director Tomislav Gotovac, a complex serial of photographies. The exhibition can be seen on 18 November 2011 – 17 January 2012 in Warshaw Art museum and You can enjoy in works of these photographers and artists in collaboration: Hollis Frampton – Carl Andre, Peter Hujar – Paul Thek, Eustachy Kossakowski – Edward Krasiński, János Vető – Tibor Hajas, Žarko Vijatović – Tomislav Gotovac, Gwenn Thomas – Joan Jonas, Gwenn Thomas – Jack Smith, Babette Mangolte – Yvonne Rainer, Shunk-Kender – Pier 18.

“The nine stories told by this exhibition each concern the meeting of a photographer and an artist. Their collaboration was sometimes one-off, sometimes it would last for years, but it always resulted in common fruit: a work of art, a process, a shared world. We are interested in the working experience of these “accomplices”, and how their collaboration shaped the work that was being created. Their role wasn’t limited to just recording, they weren’t only an extension of the documenting camera – very often the process of exchange between the photographer and the artist was highly complex and determined the project’s ultimate shape.”

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Archive of  Tomislav Gotovac / Photo: from serial Krajiška 29, 2008

“This is a film about everything: rich countries and poor countries, smiles and tears (quite a lot in my case, I must confess), day and night, life and death, animals and humans, man and women, whites, blacks, gays, straights, children and very old people, happiness and desperation.  We are all there, with our fears, our idiosyncrasies, our routines, our doubts, our weaknesses…”

“Last year (2010) YouTube launched a campaign, supported by executive producers Tony and Ridley Scott, asking everybody with a camcorder to record a day in their lives. Fast forward a year to 2011 and director Kevin Macdonald and editor Joe Walker (never an editor has been more crucial to the making of a film), release their documentary to the world and to the same people who actually filmed it.

Apparently 80000 videos for a total of 4500 hours were submitted from 126 different nations. The result is a film that tells the story of a day on Earth, and precisely the 24th of July 2010: 24 hours in the life of ordinary people. (…)

The film starts at midnight as people are still asleep in most places: some night shift workers are already at it, some wild party animals are still up from the previous day, but generally speaking it’s a quiet start. Within a few minutes, we are treated by a sunrise montage from all over the world as people are getting up in the most remote corners of the globe.(…)

But just when you are about to think “is this film going to be just a long montage sequence?”, then the film suddenly slows down and you are actually treated to real moments into people’s life (well, I say “real”, obviously there’s a camera filming so I suppose it’s “a version of reality”, but that doesn’t diminish its value nor its emotional impact on the audience).”

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National Geographic: Life in a Day Trailer

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

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

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

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Cultural City Network Graz

Curator of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Rijeka Sabina Salomon introduces a famous international artist Mirko Ilic at The Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad on 25th October – 14th November, 2011.

“The exhibition THE PEACE WORKS – Mirko Ilic – Retrospective: comics / illustration / design / multimedia 1975-2011 is an artistic event that will give the audience a chance to get acquainted with the previous works of this author. Mirko Ilic published his first works in 1973, and since then has been publishing comics and illustrations in magazines, such as Omladinski tjednik, Modra Lasta, Tina, Pitanja; he has become the art and comics editor of the students’ magazine Polet in 1976. He helped to organize an informal organization of the comic book creators Novi kvadrat (The New Square), that has been widely connected to the Novi val musical movement in Zagreb.

In 1986 he left Yugoslavia and went to New York “with $1,500 in the pocket and no idea what to do upon getting there.” He soon started publishing his illustrations in Time, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and many other prominent and influential newspapers and magazines. In 1991, he became art director of Time International, and the following year he became art director of the op-eds in The New York Times. In 1993, Ilic became one of the co-founders of Oko & Mano Inc. graphic design studio, and in 1995 he founded Mirko Ilic Corp., a graphic design and 3-D computer graphics and motion picture title studio. In 1998, he created the title sequence for the romantic comedy You’ve Got Mail.”

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

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

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

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

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

Schedule of the projection

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

BERLIN - Monday 12. September at 8.30 p.m.
BABYLON – Cinema 1
Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 30,
10178  BERLIN, Deutschland
http://www.babylonberlin.de/performance.htm

NEW YORK – Monday, September 12, 2011, 8PM
THE THING @ WHITE SLAB PALACE
77 Delancey St
(between Allen St & Orchard St)
New York, NY 10002
Neighborhood: Lower East Side
http://post.thing.net/node/3477

Dan Oki (Slobodan Jokic, Zadar, 1965) is an internationaly renown media artist for twenty years. 
As a producer, writer and director he made three feature films: Oxygene 4, Performance and the Dark.
He teaches as a Film and Media Arts professor at UMAS in Split and ADU in Zagreb.
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Dr W.J.T. Mitchell from the University of Chicago, was a key-note speaker at the event Visual Studies Today – The Power of Images, which was organized by the Center for Visual Studies, Zagreb from 7th to 8th November 2013, as well as at the conference Visual Studies as Academic Discipline . Dr Mitchell is the most famous authority of visual studies in the world.  (Schedule) Dr Mitchell’s talk was titled “Seeing Madness: Insanity, Media, and Visual Culture” and it raised two questions:”1) Is it possible to “see madness” or to represent it visually with any kind of certainty? 2) What motivates the desire to see madness, to put it on stage, or to capture its variable manifestations in visual images?” Examples were drawn mainly from photography, operatic spectacle, and cinema.

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

This is a question of Dr Srnic:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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http://www.g-mk.hr

http://rhizome.org

http://www.marktribe.net

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

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

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

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http://stjepanhauser.webs.com/

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