The beginnings of Media-Scape were characterised by a focus on contemporariness, on media art, under-presented and under-acknowledged in these areas, which raised awareness and recognised the capacity of the unexplored and unfamiliar resource that referred equally to the advent of new technologies and the portent of changes that would significantly alter the man’s perception and view on reality. Therefore, in its first edition at Rijeka’s Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, after 10 episodes in Zagreb and four in Novigrad. they continue the active practice of indifference towards the affirmation of a particular branch or direction in the development of media art. They maintain a detached position regarding enthusiasm and great stories about technological superiority, at the same time observing the changes that occurred in the last four decades in a constant exchange between the real and the possible.
Media-Scape is interested in the influence of tradition on future prospects, dynamics of gaps and coinciding between the desired and the achieved. This is also accompanied by a gradual depletion of media criteria to the expense of dynamic intertwining of different media or genre characteristics. Inter- and multidiscipline back this need, and each movement a particular work might bring can be interpreted as a state of exception. We borrowed the term from Giorgio Agamben’s treatise in order to denote that each such case, unlisted in the index of the existent, is important for the change of the known and tested path. A state of exception assumes all shifts from the trajectory of the expected, regardless of the direction.
As a metaphor, advocates lack of genre-oriented biennale. It envisages ten authors, selected by the criteria of content and language interest.
Even though many of the works display a non-linear structure, multiplicity, layers and temporal basis – the main characteristics of the media art alphabet – here we do not intend to make a case for them.
Curated by: Ingeborg Fülepp and Sabina Salamon
Joanna Hoffmann Dietrich
Marko A. Kovačič
Supported by Volkswagen
With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union
Photo: Matea Šarić