Tomislav Medak

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

Tomislav Medak (1973) is a doctoral student at Coventry University’s Centre for Postdigital Cultures, focusing on the political economy of technology and the planetary ecological crisis. He is also a member of the theory and publishing team of the Multimedia Institute/MAMA, Zagreb since 2000, a co-initiator of the Pirate Care project, and an artist in the performing arts collective BADco.

With his colleagues at the Multimedia Institute/MAMA, since 2000 he has organised talks, conferences and exhibitions, and edited publications in political economy, tactical media and the commons. His own research interests are in technology, capitalist development and post-capitalist transition, with a particular focus on environmental crisis, political economy of intellectual property and unevenness of techno-science. At times, he also writes on theatre, dance and politics.

He authored two short books: The Hard Matter of Abstraction – A Guidebook to Domination by Abstraction (V_____erlag für Handbücher, 2016) and Shit Tech for A Shitty World (Aksioma, 2015). He also co-authored several edited volumes: Public Library (with Marcell Mars, WHW/Multimedija Institute, 2015), Guerrilla Open Access (with Marcell Mars, Post-office Press, 2018), The Idea of Radical Media (with Petar Milat, Multimedia Institute/Arkzin, 2014), and Time and (In)Completion: Images and Performances of Time in Late Capitalism (with Goran Sergej Pristaš, BADco., 2014).

In parallel, he works as a performer, dramaturge and director with the Zagreb-based experimental theatre collective BADco. With the collective he has created a number of artworks, including performances Correcting Rhythm (2017), Spores (2016), A Pound of Histeria, Acceleration… melodrama (2014), The League of Time (2010) and 1 poor and one 0 (2008). Some of those have toured widely around Europe, while the interactive installation Responsibility for Things Seen was presented in 2011 Venice Biennal.

With Marcell Mars he organized a number of activities around the Public Library project, including HAIP festival (Ljubljana, 2012), the exhibitions at Württembergischer Kunstverein (2014), Galerija Nova (2015) and Raven Row (2019), 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). (2021)

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