Tomislav Medak

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Tom Medak in Zagreb, 2017.
Born Zagreb, Croatia, Yugoslavia
Based in Coventry, United Kingdom

Tomislav Medak (1973) is a philosopher with interests in contemporary political philosophy, media theory and aesthetics.

He earned a degree in philosophy and German studies from the University of Zagreb/Croatia (1997). His theoretical interests are in contemporary political philosophy, media theory and aesthetics. He has co-ordinated the theory program and publishing activities of the MaMa – Multimedia Institute, Zagreb since 2000. He is a free software advocate and project leader of the Croatian Creative Commons team.

He has (co-)curated and (co-)organized a number of conferences and exhibitions dealing with political theory, commons or cultural policy, most recently the international conference Economy of Crisis Capitalism and Ecology of the Commons, Zagreb (2012), the international conference Open Institutions – Institutional Imagination and Cultural Public Sphere, Zagreb (2011), and an exhibition on the history of hacking System.Hack, Zagreb, Belgrade/Serbia and Novi Sad/Serbia (2005–2007), created in collaboration with Marcell Mars. In 2012 he helped organizing and co-ordinating the Croatian protests against the international intellectual property treaty ACTA.

Since 2001 he has been working with the Zagreb-based experimental theatre collective BADco. as a performer, dramaturg and director. Most recently as dramaturg of the theatre production Black and Forth (2012), performer and dramaturg of the theatre production The League of Time (2010), co-director and performer of the theatre production 1 poor and one 0 (2008). Together with the collective he has created an interactive installation work Responsiblity for Things Seen, initially presented at the Croatian exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2011 and since then in Oslo/Norway, Zagreb, Rijeka/Croatia and Ljubljana/Slovenia. He is also a volunteer for the urban activist initiative Right to the City Zagreb.

With Marcell Mars he organized a number of activities around the Public Library project, including HAIP festival (Ljubljana, 2012), exhibitions at Württembergischer Kunstverein (2014) and Galerija Nova (2015), as well as coordinated digitization projects Written-off (2015), Digital Archive of Praxis and the Korčula Summer School (2016) and Catalogue of Liberated Books (2013ff).



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