Z. Blace

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Z. Blace at Telekommunist International, satellite event of Transmediale, Berlin, 26 Feb 2016. Photo: Alp Klanten.
Born Čapljina, SFR Yugoslavia (today Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Based in Zagreb, Croatia; Čapljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Berlin and Stuttgart, Germany

Zeljko Blace (1976, Čapljina) is (in)consistently working in(between) contemporary culture, media technologies and sport - cross-pollinating queer, media and social practices.

Blace been active in Croatia's new media culture scene since 1996, originally as web designer, artist and journalist - and later also in roles of organizer, researcher and curator (with)in several media culture focused NGOs:

  • LABinary (1999-2003), as co-editor of printed newsletter and organizer of events new.media.culture.week & ASU2
  • radioActive (2000-2002), as web editor, journalis and co-organizer of workshops/productions
  • Multimedia Institute (2000-2005), mostly as program/project coordinator in net.culture club MaMa and curator of exhibitions and events.

As journalist and reporter he contributed to cultural programs of the national radio and TV (programs: Transfer and Triptih), occasionally publishing in IT magazines, more regularly in the cultural magazine Zarez and on radioActive, Kulturpunkt, ZamirZine and linux.hr webportal. He advocated for non-profit net projects and worked on strengthening the impact of NGO sector on Croatian netspace (both in terms of infrastructure and legislation) in LastTuesday events and other initiatives.

Blace exhibited as visual and media artist, performed as VJ with Croatian electro-acoustic-glitch duo Jeanne Fremaux. Participated as speaker/presenter at several international events (including Ars Electronica Festival, Net Congestion, Next 5 Minutes, PingInProgress, NC48 - Graz, Money Nations II..). Since 2000 he works actively as a networker internationaly and has been (co-)organizing international events in Croatia: Art Servers Unlimited 2 (Labin, Sep 2001), new.media.culture.week Critical Upgrade! (Zagreb, May 2002) and tactical media events towards Next 5 Minutes 4 (Dubrovnik, May 2003; Vis, August 2003). He initiated Croatian media-art-hr and regional nettime-see mailing lists.

In 2003 Blace established a.network, a co-ordination/production platform of regional media labs/centers, groups and individuals with mission to present new media culture and production in the South-East Europe.

As of 2005 Blace worked actively in QueerSport, organizing and instigating sport and recreation activities, discursive community events, presents and published on LGBT/Queer realities in sport. In 2006 he co-founded qSPORT, a society for sport recreation of LGBTQs. Works across art/cultural and social/political axis on collaborative projects. [1]

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