Tomislav Medak is a doctoral student at Coventry University’s Centre for Postdigital Cultures. His PhD is on the political economy of technology and the planetary ecological crisis. He is also a member of the theory and publishing team of the Multimedia Institute/MAMA in Zagreb, a co-initiator of the Pirate Care project, and an artist in the performing arts collective BADco.
With his colleagues at the Multimedia Institute/MAMA, since 2000 he has organised talks, conferences and exhibitions, and edited publications in political economy, tactical media and the commons. His own research interests are in technology, capitalist development and post-capitalist transition, with a particular focus on the environmental crisis, the political economy of intellectual property, and the unevenness of techno-science. At times, he also writes on theatre, dance and politics.
He authored two short books: The Hard Matter of Abstraction – A Guidebook to Domination by Abstraction (V_____erlag für Handbücher, 2016) and Shit Tech for A Shitty World (Aksioma, 2015). He also co-authored several edited volumes: together with Marcell Mars Public Library (WHW/Multimedia Institute, 2015) and Guerrilla Open Access (Post-office Press, 2018), with Petar Milat The Idea of Radical Media (Multimedia Institute/Arkzin, 2014) and with Goran Sergej Pristaš Time and (In)Completion: Images and Performances of Time in Late Capitalism (BADco., 2014).
In parallel, he is working as a performer, dramaturge and director with the Zagreb-based experimental theatre collective BADco. With the collective he has created a number of artworks, including 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 those have toured widely around Europe, while the interactive installation Responsibility for Things Seen was presented in 2011 Venice Biennal.