Mediantrop broj 13

Instead of a Foreword – 2

„Ranko's Zagreb years," a new feature of Mediantrop, brings a text by twenty-year old Ranko about the visit of the Belgrade film company Morava Film to Zagreb in 1963. This text, Ranko's first contribution to Zagreb magazine Kritika, opened the door to his investigations of the phenomenon of the Yiugoslav cinematography in the subsequent issues of this magazine.

"Večiti mladić, Puriša" [The eternal youth, Puriša] is a sketch for a tribute to a friend and great fan of Ranko's, Puriša Đorđević. Puriša has attended all promotions of Ranko's books since 2009.

Branko Vučićević and Zoran Janković have contributed a review of the film Klip [Clip]. An interview with Maja Miloš has been borrowed from magazine Nin, while Milena Dragićević Šešić continues the story about her travels in India, this time with an intriguing text about Indian women.

Biserka Rajčić responded to our invitation to authors in the first issue to send in their contributions and has written a piece in reference to the text "Kao zaspala među leptirima" [As if she has fallen asleep among the butterflies], in which she comes up with new readings into the "seven butterflies" formula. Mikan Marinović has sent a letter from New Zealand, whereas Selman Trtovac writes about "Third Belgrade," a conceptual initiative of which he is one of the founding members. Žika Tamburić writes from London about the achievements of Wostok and Grabowski in the field of comic strip, Ivana Kronja about a selection of films from "Autorski film 2013" [Film auteurs' festival 2013], Olivera Janković about the needlework of the painter and animator Mira Brtka. The reviewer of Joseph Turow's book Mediji danas [Media Today: An Introduction to Mass Communication], published by Clio, Branimir Stojković, discusses the culturological achievements of this book; Stanko Crnobrnja analyzes Belgrade's cultural urbanism from a phenomenological and critical points of view. Miodrag Mića Stojanović indirectly addresses the objections to and questions about why Mediantrop makes use of the old German Gothic script. Since part of Ranko's favorite medieval engraving, depicting a fantastical theme, is positioned above a text written in Gothic script, the answer to the "why" is in the magazine's logo as well as in the respect for the role the German language played in classical philology, bringing us the understanding of the value of ancient Greek art and philosophy.

Following a suggestion by Milena Dragićević Šešić, we are reproducing "Zimska prepiska" [Winter correspondence] by Aleksandra Sekulić and Saša Ilić from

The last text to reach the editorial board was "Šest vrućih hrvatsko-srpskih rana traži svoja rješenja" [Six raw Croatian-Serbian wounds searching for their solutions] by Snježane Babobić, a Zagreb-based editor. Thus, alongside four Belgrade artists and culturologists, there are in this second issue the artist and art theorist Jasmina Gavrankapetanović Redžić from Sarajevo and the activist and art theorist Biljana Tanurovska Kjulavkovski from Skopje. The regional editorial board may be expanded, though it does not have to be.

There is yet no permanent feature on television, but I am using this opportunity briefly to express my admiration for the editor and host of TV Vojvodina's show "Jedan na jedan" [One on one] on account of her media patience and civic tolerance demonstrated in her interview of a bureaucrat representing the Association of Consumers, who avoided answering the straightforward question, asked around twenty times, of whether we should buy milk these late days of February...

Zorica Jevremović Munitić