Mediantrop broj 13

Instead of a Foreword – 3

The twenty-odd texts featured in Mediantrop No. 3 testify to the editorial board's efforts fully to present regional orientation as the magazine’s essential strategy.

The permanent feature, "Ranko's Zagreb 60's", contains the text „Neki problemi kriterija i kričkog vrednovanja u jugoslavenskoj kinematografiji“ [Some problems with the criteria and critical assessment of Yugoslav cinematography], a first analysis in the early 1960's aimed at searching for values in the Yugoslav cinematography, a field of study that preoccupied Ranko Munitić all the time, even in the 2000's... Ranko was twenty in 1963 and he was already thinking in culturological terms.

Marija Krtinić reports on awarding "The regional prize for the media Ranko Munitić – Trepetalo of Trogir" to one of the cinematographic legends, Puriša Đorđević. Janko Baljak reminds us of the earlier winners of this award.

Three texts from the project "Limited space Sarajevo/Berlin" by Jasmina Gavrankapetanović Redžić, Adla Isanović and Clarissa Thieme testify to the effort of our editor in Bosnia and Herzegovina comprehensively to tackle the issue of cultural and civilizational memory of war wounds in Bosnia, particularly in Sarajevo. Maja Breznik, our Slovenian editor, starts her cooperation with the magazine by bringing us a text on the position of art in capitalism. Our Macedonian editor, Biljana Tanurovska, has opted for a conceptual interview with Sonja Lazarov on the issue of modern dance in Macedonia, whilst Ivanka Apostolova raises the issue of misogyny in the Macedonian theater. Two women, Snježana Banović and Vitomira Lončar, are representing Croatian culture with their best ideated suggestions for the future of culture in the region. May that be so.

Of no less importance is the contribution to Mediantrop by Neđo Osman, a citizen of Germany for some twenty years now, who will be dealing, in several installments, with the issue of Roma integration in the community at large, as well as with their contribution to culture and art. His text is both in Roma and Serbo-Croatian, as he still calls the language he used to speak in the Second Yugoslavia.

Milica Stojanov analyzes the phenomenological approach to the work of Vladimir Perić, whereas Dušica Žegarac begins her writings on film by her reminiscences of the Yugoslav cinematography, in which she has played a part since the very beginning. Selman Trtovac writes about the creation of "Treći čovek" [Third man], his concept and co-authorship with Ranko Đanković.

Milena Dragićević Šešić continues her "Dnevnik iz Indije" [Indian diary] by shedding light on culturological controversies in this eastern segment of world culture.

All the reviews of books, films, and festivals are culturologically indispensable. The texts by Irina Subotić, Zoran Janković, Dunja Jelenković, Vladimira Kolarića, Branka Radović, and Zoran Rakića constitute a framework for understanding the position of art and the achievements of the media in local culture.

Dejan Drba publishes his firs text on digital art. After all, we are not lagging behind in the 21st century when it comes to interpreting the fields of topical, unavoidable and indispensable creative work. This acceptance of globalist observations reaffirms the range of the magazine’s strategy - from regional to universal.

We now also have an editor in Montenegro, Marija Ćulpa, and the editorial board now fully covers cultural milieus in the region.

The new feature, "The human condition", is intended for all of us who yearn for humaneness in expression, ideas, topics. This time, a shining example of this comes from the renowned Vreme magazine journalist Miloša Vasić.

Zorica Jevremović Munitić