Tomislav Medak is a doctoral student at the Centre for Postdigital Cultures, Coventry University. Medak is a member of the theory and publishing team of the Multimedia Institute/MAMA in Zagreb, as well as an amateur librarian for the Memory of the World/Public Library project. His research focuses on technologies, capitalist development, and postcapitalist transition, particularly on economies of intellectual property and unevenness of technoscience. Together with Marcell Mars, he coedited Public Library and Guerrilla Open Access.
Klub Mama / Multimedijalni institut, Zagreb / Multimedia Institute (MI2) is a non-profit association working at the intersections of culture, arts, technology, and activism. Since its early days it has organized around a multi-faceted community that weaves together interests in diverse cultural and social fields: 1) critically inflected digital arts, film, music, and literature; 2) digital commons: free software, free culture, and open access; 3) philosophy and theory; 4) cultural networking, advocacy, and grass-roots organizing; 5) protection of public domain and struggles for spatial justice. Locally it is mostly identified with the social and cultural center MaMa in Zagreb, where it’s organizing cutting-edge cultural, educational and technology programs, hosting a local hacker community and providing an open venue for other cultural initiatives. But it is also the co-organizer of the Human Rights Film Festival, electronic music events, publishing activities and the Croatian localizer of Creative Commons licenses.
MI2 is a catalyst for cultural collaboration and grassroots political activism both locally and throughout the former Yugoslav region. In the early 2000s, it was instrumental in initiating the Clubture network and a number of other cultural policy initiatives. In the latter part of 2000s, it was part of the alliance that initiated the Right to the City Zagreb, which it still supports. It has also helped initiate and support the series of un-conferences “Nothing will happen“, bringing together hackers from throughout the former Yugoslav countries and beyond.
Place: Klub Mama / Multimedijalni Institut, Zagreb
Interviewers: Marina Gržinić, Sefik Tatlić
Filming: Valerija Zabret
Editing: Marina Gržinić, Valerija Zabret