Since the foundation of MaMa in 2000, Multimedia Institute has been continuously promoting electronic music through its programmes (Explicit Music and Mamatronik), be it experimental approaches or the more popular genre of IDM.
Programmes have mostly been created in collaboration with various local partners (KSET, Culture of Change at SC, MSUzg, Pogon, etc.), as well as partners from Belgrade (Chinch and BGYSS) and Ljubljana.
The pinnacle of our activities has been our multiple cooperation with Music Biennial Zagreb (2003-2011), particularly well received by both the public and the critics.
In the framework of the 22nd Music Biennial (2003) we organized a three-day symposium, four concerts (Vladislav Delay, Kim Cascone, Mikael Stavoestrand, Rechenzentrum), and workshops on MAX/MSP programme interface.
At the 23rd Music Biennial and ISCM’s International Music Day (2005) we organized a set of events called Archipelagos of Sound – Music and Its History within the Imperial World Order. Three concerts (ensembles Zeitkratzer and Regenorchester, and Maja Ratkje) have been mentioned in most reviews of the Music Biennial as the best received concerts at the festival.
In 2007, in collaboration with Student Centre in Zagreb, we organized seven concerts at MBZ with some of the most prominent representatives of electronic music (such as Ikue Mori, the Finish duo PanSonic, and Christian Fennesz).
At the 2009 Biennial, we curated a small artistic-philosophical symposium called Trial/Music, dedicated to Orson Welles and his shooting of The Trial in Zagreb in the early 1960s.
Eventually, in 2011, at the jubilee edition of MBZ, we organized three dance and music performances (Christian Fennesz & Cecilia Bengolea, Damir Bartol Indoš & Helge Hinteregger, Markus Popp Oval & Antje Velsinger), as well as a concert of Zeitkratzer ensemble from Berlin, which was recorded on two different sound media.
In 2013, we launched a long-term project called Almost Nothing: Remixing Ferrari’s Dalmatia, dedicated to the French composer Luc Ferrari. While staying at the island of Korčula in 1968, Ferrari recorded his most famous piece Presque rien No. 1 – Lever du jour au bord de la mer [Almost nothing no. 1 – dawn at the seaside] in the port of Vela Luka. The significance and reception of this composition is today almost comparable to Cage’s famous piece 4’33, and in the past years it has attracted the attention of an increasing number of artists and art theoreticians.
Artists involved in our programmes include: Scanner, Noriko Tujiko, Peter Rehberg, Ramon Bauer, Tarwater, Laub, DAT Politics, Farmers Manual, Luomo, The Bug, Mikael Stavostrand, Kim Cascone, Rechenzentrum, Alorenz, Solu & Mortensen, Sonig Label showcase, Mouse On Mars, Dj Spooky, Zbigniew Karkowski & Helmut Schäfer, Felix Kubin, Laurent Pernice & Jacques Barberi, Zeitkratzer, Maja Ratkje, Regenorchester, Minit, Thomas Köner, Andreas Tilliander, Ekkehard Ehlers, Stephan Mathieu, ZOSB [Hautzinger & Hinteregger], Jacob Kirkegaard, John Grzinich, Jamie Lidell, Trapist, Jan Jelinek feat. Kosmischer Pitch, Ikue Mori, AGF, Lasse Marhaug, CM von Hausswolff, PanSonic, Bakin Zub Ensemble, Christian Fennesz, Schnee [Kurzmann & Stangl], Tetsuo Furudate & Lillevän, Azot, William Basinski, Dave Miller, Triosk, Pole, Bernhard Fleischmann, Kontakt der Jünglinge [Tietchens & Köner], Oval, Marko Ciciliani, Pajo & Labosh, Goran Nikolić Orge, Diane Labrosse, Werner Jauk, Luka Baumann, Jeanne Fremaux, Luka Majić, Pytzek, Belgradeyard Soundsystem, Pablo Fiasco, Nicola Sani, Alessandro Bossetti, Francisco Lopez, Phill Niblock, Lawrence English, Brandon LaBelle, Bruce McClure, Michel Chion, Werner Dafeldecker & Valerio Tricoli
Coordinator of music programmes at Multimedia Institute is Petar Milat.