-Just children! Mischievous children on their way to school! You understand?
-One does as one must..
-It’ll all work out, it’s only politics - and what has that to do with us?
-I must be sensible. If the Nazis come, what other choice have I?
-I know I’m right..After all, what am I? A German!
-If you were a German, you would understand!
Cabaret (Broadway Revival 1998)
( Thoughts on tomorrows referendum in Croatia. )
"Serial Experiments Lain traces the emergence of the Internet and the transformation it has brought about in the technologies of subjectivity that govern human forms of self-reference, categories of perception, and forms of communication. One of the most commonly accepted ideologies of cyberspace, at the time Serial Experiments Lain was first aired on Japan’s TV Tokyo network in the late 1990s, portrayed the Internet as a zone of unbridled democracy and freedom of expression, yet Serial Experiments Lain offered a counterdiscourse, linking the digital realm, referred to as “the Wired,” to surveillance technologies and a control society. In Serial Experiments Lain, the world of cyberspace is haunted by the anonymous eye of the Panopticon. What was all too often ignored by early Internet theorists in their enthusiasm for the “egalitarian” open-endedness of web surfing was the extent to which the reader user is subjected to the preprogrammed constraints and filtered selectivity of Web site nodes constituting a virtual network of links. Choices and options, no matter how decentralized, exist only to the extent that web programming and search engine algorithms make them possible. As the Internet spread to every corner of the world and was embraced as a sort of “digital democracy,” Serial Experiments Lain warned us of the need to be more attentive to the new “technologies of the self” enframing the subjectification of Internet users."
A collective of 11 students from the department of Animated Film and New Media at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb.
It’s slowly progressing but we’re planning to continue doing our “monthly themes” and see what comes out of it. The interests are mixed so you can expect anything from a short comic to very ephemeral inter-media works.
- he spent his days reading pulp SF novels from the 80’s
are we all really going to be dancing in 2043, Sonja?
tuck it in
from my drawingblog
I’ve been meaning to write something about that night. It only took me, what, two months? Hahaha. Seeing as I still have something to say, the event obviously left a lasting impression.
The whole thing was quite relaxed, but lively. There was a lot of people. I even ran into some of the girls I met in Pazin. Aqua was also there, so we mostly walked around the Student Center together, catching each performance as it began.
Inkubator by Tamara Bilankov was interesting. 21 eggs. And 21 women. Or so the intention was (it gets a little hectic and people end up confused, but the symbolism remains). Each woman had their own egg and as Tamara narrated the growth of new life and gave instructions on how to care for your egg, I became oddly attached to it, to a point where I felt bad about eating it. It’s my egg, you know? (Insert Utena reference: see episode “Nanami’s Egg”) I liked the theme and the way it was handled, not to mention the participatory element of the peformance.
Noćne vizije by a bunch of people (check the program) was very charming. It started with a musical performance with improvised instruments (metal spiral staircase, anyone?). Eventually, others started bringing wooden crates into the crowd audience, which were later walked on, with a choreography and whistles and perhaps an invitation for the audience to participate? We didn’t participate, but once the spiral staircase part was done, we did follow the person with the huge roll of unrolling cellophane. It led us to… an improvised discotheque!
Quite frankly, it was amazing. The music was great (written by them), the lighting was effective (projectors for lights and distorted projections of them performing the song they had in a loop). Someone said they were giving out food, too, but I missed that part.
I loved it because, as far as I understood, it was an attempt to revive a space that is otherwise left unused in the Student Center. The means they used were very simple, which makes a clear point and the atmosphere was amazing enough for you to want to stay there and consider it a night out. I also liked it cause I’m a bit of a sucker for retroish aesthetics, which that space and music definitely had.
Ova žena se zove Jasna 02 by Nicole Hewitt caught my attention for several reasons, but at that point of the evening I was a little sleepy and had trouble concentrating to the text-heavy performance. I liked the exploration of different narratives, the playing with reality and fiction and the construction and presentation of a character in alternative ways. This is something that interests me in my own work, so I’m very glad I got to see this performance.
All in all, it was a nice warmup for the new academic year, especially because I spend the end of the summer in an entirely different mindset.
Some of the people listed have their own blogs so here I’m reblogging and sharing links:
Plus, here is the “retroish” music Mew talked about. The lyrics and the whole concept is referencing the moldy rice accident in which actual moldy rice was served to the students in Zagreb in the 70’s and they decided to go on strike.