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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).

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Performance: Sleeping between Heaven and Earth (Mijatovic, 2010). Image courtesy of CuratorThe Croatian multimedia artist Kata Mijatovic is going to exhibit her work at the 55th Venice Biennale, which will be held from 1st June to 24th November on the topic ‘Il Palazzo Enciclopedico’ given by the Biennale art director Massimiliano Gioni. The work can be seen/created at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka at 20th February.

The curator, famous expert for Avant garde Art, prof. Branko Franceschi, chose her work „Archiving the dreams“ as a sort of „mapping the hidden, unattended unconscious dimensions of Reality“. The Author’s long term project is based on collecting, writing and using the other people’s Dreams.

You can ask yourself about the meaning of subconsciousness in constructing the Reality, as well as add your dreams in writing at Facebook profile Arhiv snova” (Dream Archive).

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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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As the Croatian curator Branko Franceschi stresses on the art of Željko Kipke at the “Art Pavillon in Zagreb” catalogue “The new series at the levels of content, form and aesthetics summarise the documentary and diaristic elements, Kipke’s recognisable artistic style and his idiosyncratic understanding of reality, and they should also be understood as a manifestation of his subversive activity and existence, which he calls the feline strategy.”(Zagreb, 12th September – 14th Octobre, 2012)

Željko Kipke’s exhibition Police Yard covers two groups of works. The first group includes a set-up of recent series: in the main hall, Predators, filmophile and a bottle of wine (2010); Surveillance Camera (2011-2012) in the eastern wing and Boulevard of Nine Lives (2010-2012) in the western wing of the Pavilion. The second group of works, in the south wing, named Short Guide through the 70s and 80s is a reminder of the processual works and the film documentation that the artist considers an adumbration of his currently dominant interest in film. At the level of meaning, the exhibition refers equally to the manipulative aspects and power of moving pictures and contemporary media and to the fascination that they arouse in political strongmen, all too ready to instrumentalise them for the purposes of their own ideological programmes.

“Researching the networking of (the coinciding) events Kipke practices already for years, while mapping the paralel Reality which develops out of the visible field of real world, thus expressing those results as seemingly out of nowhere in a material world after many years, like underground rivers suddenly breaking out as the entirely new entities, accomplishing productive or dramatic impact on geographically distant places.” (Excerpt from the introduction of a curator Franceschi; translation by MV)

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Santarcangelo isn’t a showcase but a place of artistic experience; in opening international dialogues with collectives of fifty years’ standing and with artists at their debut; in imagining projects that are out of format with respect to the theatre, which overflow with simplicity and brazenness into art, writing, drawing and cinema; in getting kids, old folk, citizens and foreigners involved in creations by artists who are able to set up a short-circuit between stage and life, far from any TV form, from any narcissism, to remind us how art is a place for distillation of the real, a space where it is possible to practise a glance of inexperience and courage, to make oneself vulnerable to what one does not know and is not understood, what does not belong to us and to which we perhaps belong.

Sad sam /almost 6/ is a work about childhood and its ending; about the relationship with one’s own interior world and with the others outside; about the power of the imaginary and a language capable of creating things by naming them; about the rip that breaks the perfect circle and opens us up, through the wound, to others and to the real. The show is one chapter of a wider ranging project in which under the title Sad Sam (a play on words, since in Croatian it means “now I am”) Ferlin composes a series of small creations, all centred on his stage presence characterised by great expressive power and surprising delicacy.

Matija Ferlin (b. Pola, 1982) graduated at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam and lived in Berlin where he collaborated with, among others, Sasha Waltz. He then returned to Pola and began research involving the rearrangement of various ideas of performance in relation to other languages such as film shorts and exhibitions.(http://santarcangelofestival.com)

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Helena Miler _photo_ courtesy of the artistMaster Engineer of Architecture and Urban Planning Helena Miler (1986) is CrHelena_Miler_wisemanoatian young multimedial talent with Vienna address.
With Mensa membership (Percentile 99), 7th on the ranking list of an entry exam of the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism in Zagreb (Drawing and Graphics 95%, Intelligence and Space Perception 99%) Helena was one of the best students and took part in several recent competitions as an associate in Njiric + Arhitekti office  (1st prize for the Concept of an Urban Tissue in Samobor), student competition for a concept of the representative Booth for the Faculty of Civil Engeenering (3rd prize) etc. She’s got several scholarships from the Board of European students of Technology for a two-week seminar on Urbanism in Europe at Technische Univarsitat in ViennHelena Miller_Design centre_2006_7_mentor_V.NeidhardtHelena Miller_University Fair_2009_10_3st prizeHelena_Miler_Sculpturea, then for two more engeneering competitions in Reykjavik and Chania  etc.

She parcitipated in various student exchanges, trainings Helena_Miler_Paintingand went on individual tours all over Europe, Africa and Asia. Since 2012. Helena lives and works in Vienna, at studio Project A01 Architects .

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Over eight nights (April 10, 2012–April 17, 2012), MoMA presents the sonic and visual experiments of Kraftwerk – the avant-garde electronic music pioneers, with a live presentation of their complete repertoire in the Museum’s Marron Atrium. Each evening consists of a live performance and 3-D visualization of one of Kraftwerk’s studio albums—Autobahn (1974), Radio-Activity (1975), Trans-Europe Express (1977), The Man-Machine (1978), Computer World (1981), Techno Pop (1986), The Mix (1991), and Tour de France (2003)—in the order of their release.

Each evening will consist of a live performance, in the Museum’s Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, of works from one of the group’s eight albums, created over four decades, followed by a selection of original compositions from their catalogue adapted specifically for this exhibition’s format, to showcase both Kraftwerk’s historical contributions and contemporary influences on sound and image culture. Kraftwerk-Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 is organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator at Large at MoMA and Director of MoMA PS1, with the assistance of Eliza Ryan, Curatorial Assistant, MoMA PS1.

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In German Medienmuseum ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art in Karlsruhe you can visit on March 8th, 2012 an exhibition “Moments. A History of Performance in 10 Acts” as an international live exhibition on the history of art performance in dance and fine art. As an exhibition ‘in progress’, the project shows and develops new formats of museal presentation of live acts. The exhibition begins in an empty exhibition space. During the eight week duration of the exhibition project a scenic act of around ten central stages of dance and performance history unfolded − as witnessed by a group of students invited to accompany and observe for the entire period − before a public. One of the key focal points is the performances and works by women who have consciously been thematizing, transgressing and critiquing the genre boundaries between dance, performance, and visual media since the 1960s. Here, they likewise reflect on the implicit male constructions of the gaze and the gestural logic of their colleagues.

Among others, the artists represented in the exhibition will be Marina Abramović, Graciela Carnevale, Simone Forti, Anna Halprin, Reinhild Hoffmann, Channa Horwitz, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Sanja Iveković, Adrian Piper and Yvonne Rainer. The exhibition is composed of four phases, in each of which other actors occupy the exhibition space:

1. Act − Stage and Display (March 8−March 17, 2012)

2. Re-Act − Interpretative Acquisition in the Art Laboratory (March 18−March 30, 2012)

3. Post-Production − Film Editing (March 31−April 14, 2012)

4. Remembering the Act − Performative Mediation of the Exhibition Process by Artistic Witnesses (April 15−April 29, 2012)

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Glocal Multimedia Art is our syntagm for a new holistic approach to experience. Although initially developed by the means of politics, transnationalism and business practices in 1990’s, the concept of „glocalisation“ later has also appeared in academic dialogue, education and media.  

Thinking either globally or locally (glocally) at the same time, means not only to „think globally and act locally“, but vice versa as well. Global consciousness arose from sincere local (self) awareness for humanity and freedom.  We have to be free for awareness as well. So, we need information, education and proactivity to create our own events and chances. To be at least semantically free, we need semantic network or social network for an online platform to act glocally.

Furthermore, in order to make an Art of something Glocally imagined, several skills are needed. First of all you need knowledge of IT and creative imagination on how to practice performing Arts, especially in multimedia synergy. You also need communication skills of a person basically humanistic or cosmopolite oriented, yet locally and globally are not mutually exclusive, rather they imply that you have self-awareness and self-confidence to be centered on „the big picture“.

To paraphrase a famous humanist PhD Ivan Supek, globalisation as a „global machine“ is preparing its own failure with greed and destruction of nature, thus encourages solitaries and dreamers on messiah campaign, but maybe it is only the United Europe which can confront the uncontrollable global capitalism.  (Introduction from PhD Vesna Srnic’s “Glocal Multimedia Art” presented at The Philosophy of Media Symposium at Cres, 2011.)

Whole work: Glocal Multimedia Art/PhD Srnic.pdf

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The exhibition will be opened in Slovenian Gallery “Skuc” (Ljubljana, 21st December, 2011 – 12the January, 2012) as the reflection and expansion on the previous part the curator Branko Franceschi has  successfully introduced last month in New York.

High Times: Reflections of Pscyhedelia in Socialist Yugoslavia 1966 – 1976 makes manifest the ever intriguing and fruitful rapport between vanguard artists and popular culture, occurring within the unique context of a society that managed to create its own political, economic, and social system based on its vacillation between East and West during the height of the Cold War.

In the broader cultural sense, the entire collection of High Times: Reflections of Pscyhedelia in Socialist Yugoslavia 1966 – 1976 aims to change the accustomed understanding of Yugoslavia’s neo-avant-garde and new media practices as being inexpressive or too serious in their social engagement and agenda, as well as colorless and materially reduced in their formal aesthetics. (Excerpt from an essay by curator Branko Franceschi.)

Presented works (some from Marinko Sudac collection), performances and music of the authors: Marina Abramović, Marjan Ciglič, Grupa 220, Indeksi, Korni grupa, Mišo Kovač, Zdenka Kovačićek & Nirvana, Naško Križnar, Josipa Lisac, Ivan Martinac, Slavko Matković, Miroslav Mikuljan, Vladimir Petek, Marko Pogačnik, Ante Verzotti, Slobodan Šijan, Ljubomir Šimunić, Time, Petar Trinajstić, Uragani

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Manchester International Festival and Teatro Real Madrid present on 30th June-17th July the world premiere of a startling new piece for the stage: The Life and Death of Marina Abramović, a biography of the godmother of performance art, re-imagined by visionary director Robert Wilson.

“What an incredible evening, truly the finest theatre I have ever seen. Abramović was incredible, moving through the play, of which she is the central character in the most profound way, with a light touch, never overpowering her cast. Willem Defoe cut an imposing but insightful figure throughout, playing a role as narrator, but so much more, becoming a representation of a massively significant part of Abramović herself. I cannot speak highly enough of his performance; I was more than impressed, frankly stunned at his abilities as an actor, playing the dark side of a human soul, but again more, becoming the gatekeeper of Abramović’s mind, whilst maintaining a merciless and cutting humour that displayed an absence of pretension in both Abramović and himself. His representation of the internal torture present within a profound, intelligent mind was one which rose above an occasion already described quite rightly, as a significant moment in the history of Mancunian theatrical culture.” (Comment by Daniel James Gillard)

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