New Education Model: Multimedia Art

By Vesna Srnic.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Multimedia Performance, as a special type of Multimedia Art, also known as Happening or art in which a single person or a group, in a certain place and at a certain time, take an action. As we know Performance can be a series of intimate gestures, or much bigger visual theatre, and can be done with or without scenario. It is a variety of art specific for integrated individuals, and thus it becomes helpful in the postfeminist period as an opponent to sexual discrimination (sexism). Experiences from practice can be seen in a performance ‘Christmas in Musical Pictures’ prepared with the students of The Faculty of Teacher Education in Osijek, department in Slavonski Brod, while teaching at ‘Multimedia Culture’, and with pupils of the Elementary school Ivan Goran Kovačić (15 primary school students and 15 university students). It was performed in 2004, before Christmas, in a large theatre, as a primary Multimedia Performance. Through six intensively integrated musical pictures, pupils, students and a mentor stressed the idea of permanent learning importance. Musical genres were chosen very precisely to challenge the effect of astonishment: - Minimalist music (Philip Glass, Windows of Appearances), - Baroque music (Pergolesi, Salve Regina), - Atonal music (Kronos Quartet, Doom. A Sigh), - Jazz (Pat Metheny, As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls), - Traditional English Christmas carols (Silent Night, Away in a Manger), - Traditional Croatian Christmas carols (Radujte se narodi). Although the genres had been mixed, the result of the Performance was not a Kitsch, but rather a real Postmodern Work of Art. (short films can be seen)

Keywords: Education, Multimedia Art, Performance, Permanent Learning

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.343-354. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.868MB).

Dr. Vesna Srnic

Media Culture Teacher, Media Culture Board and Multimedia Board, Faculty of Teacher Education (collaborator), The Faculty of Teacher Education (Collaborator), Slavonski Brod, Croatia

Vesna Srnić (1958) is a professor of Art History and Literature. She was teaching ‘Media culture’ and ‘Multimedia culture’ at The Croatian Faculty of Teacher Education in Osijek, department in Slavonski Brod for 8 years, and now she is a professional collaborator there. She postgratuated on video-art at Zagreb (Faculty of Philosophy) and is in a process of defending her doctoral theses ‘Aesthetics and Electronic media in Post-feminist theory’. Personal education in Canada enriched her interests in multimedia art. Vesna Srnic has been an editor of several electronic magazines:, (performance and collaboration between Croatian, Scottish and Finnish schools), and ‘Media-via’ e-zine for media and culture topics ( She participated at several International conferences of Croatian Academic Research Net and The XV. International Scientific conference Society and Technology”. She prepares students for multimedia performances. They have exhibited multimedia poem ‘The Soul of the World’ at the International 24th Music Biennale in Zagreb.


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