2023 / 19:50 – 20:10 [UTC] ZAGREB

VENUE: Academy of Music, University of Zagreb
RADIO STATION: HRT- Croatian radio
LINKS: hrt.hr
STREAM: https://cs-cz.facebook.com/DramskiProgramHRa/

TEOTWAWKI (The End of the World as We Know It)

This year’s Art’s Birthday Party will be held at the Academy of Music in Zagreb from 6 p.m. to midnight, bringing together young artists from Zagreb University’s all three art academies – Academy of Music, Academy of Dramatic Art and Academy of Fine Arts.

From the very beginnings of civilization, or at least its written traces in preserved literary texts, the human imagination has been haunted by images of the end of the world. From ancient myths about a great flood that struck those who had opposed the gods, through images of the judgment day in monotheistic religions, all the way to speculative fiction and science fiction of the 20th century and Hollywood blockbusters, scenarios of ecological disasters, conflicts with artificial intelligence or alien races, we have imagined endless possibilities of the end of the world. “It is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism,” Mark Fisher stated in his work Capitalist Realism, citing Frederick Jameson and Slavoj Žižek. Today, disasters can no longer surprise us – they have become a part of our everyday life. Thanks to the Internet and social networks, we learn about new pandemics, natural disasters, traffic accidents and all other imaginable or unimaginable disasters minute by minute, almost in real time.

The first known radio dramas, made between the two world wars, were disaster radio dramas – short works presenting shipwrecks, mining accidents, fires… Ten years later, Orson Welles terrified America with his War of the Worlds. However, we follow in different footsteps, those of Zvonimir Bajsić, a legend of the Croatian radio, on a path that leads us to a mountain covered with deep, soft snow. In his text Silence – A Synopsis for a Sound Essay, he imagined an experimental radio program of the future.

Joining the international celebration of the Birthday of Art, and following Bajsić’s thoughts, we imagine an experimental radio program for – the end of the world.

Compositions by young Croatian composers, students of composition, Sara Jakopović, Tin Ujević and Lovro Stipčević, will be performed during the broadcast in participation with acting students of the Academy of Dramatic Art Lovro Rimac, Lana Ujević and Dora Dimić Rakar. Visual art made by students of Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb.

Project Direction: Hrvoje Korbar

University of Zagreb Music Academy, photo by Danilo Balaban

Hrvoje Korbar (Zagreb, 1995) earned a degree in theatre and radio directing from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. As a student he assisted Croatian and international directors in drama and opera productions, participated in performance workshops at the

Venice Biennale, and staged small productions on the independent scene in collaboration with art organizations Multimedia Hut and RadioTheatre Bajsić&Friends. He was awarded Special Prize for original creative work at the 27th International Festival of Theatre Schools in Brno (Czech Republic) for his direction of Kafka’s Metamorphosis, and the production received Special Prize for “unique performance form” at the Teatralny Kufar International Festival in Minsk.

He is also active as a radio author in independent productions and Croatian Radio’s external contributor. At the 2018 Prix Marulić Festival, he was awarded third prize in the documentary radio drama category for his musical documentary Mortua dulce cano.