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Tomislav Medak is a doctoral student at the Coventry University’s Centre for Postdigital Cultures, Coventry/UK, where he is performing research for his PhD on the subject of the political economy of technology and the planetary ecological crisis. He is also a member of the theory and publishing team at the Multimedia Institute/MAMA in Zagreb/Croatia, a co-initiator of the Pirate Care project, and an artist in the performing arts collective BADco.
With his colleagues at MAMA, he has been organizing talks, conferences and exhibitions and edited publications in political economy, tactical media and the commons since 2000. His own research interests lie in the fields of 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 theater, dance and politics.
He is the author of two brief volumes: The Hard Matter of Abstraction – A Guidebook to Domination by Abstraction (2016) and Shit Tech for A Shitty World (2015). He also co-authored several edited volumes: Public Library (2015) and Guerrilla Open Access (2018) with Marcell Mars, The Idea of Radical Media (2014) with Petar Milat and Time and (In)Completion: Images and Performances of Time in Late Capitalism (2014) with Goran Sergej Pristaš.
Medak also works as a performer, dramatic adviser and director with the Zagreb-based experimental theatre collective BADco. He has created a number of artworks with the collective, including the performances Correcting Rhythm (2017), Spores (2016), A Pound of Histeria, Acceleration… melodrama (2014), The League of Time (2010) and 1 poor and one 0. Some of these have toured widely around Europe, while the interactive installation Responsibility for Things Seen debuted at the 2011 Venice Biennale.
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