“The idea behind the INSAM Journal of Contemporary Music, Art and Technology is the same one that is nurtured in INSAM Institute for Contemporary Artistic Music’s section Research in Music, Theory of Art / Transdisciplinary Research in Art. This section gathers experts from diverse areas (such as music, musicology, art theory, programming, robotics, architecture, aesthetics, and philosophy), thus feeding the present moment demands for a particular kind of connectivity, education, and ability, which can be encompassed and explained with the appropriate transdisciplinary models. Professional nomadic tendencies of contemporary humans are conditioned and enabled by the societal structures, and our goal is to create – through the work of the section as well as the INSAM Journal – a network of inquisitive researchers and creators which strive toward understanding of the contemporary world through their work and experience.”

Bojana Radovanović, Editor-in-Chief, INSAM Journal

“Sadašnje globalne tendencije u gotovo svim oblastima društvenog djelovanja sve češće se pozivaju na ideje i prakse, koje su donedavno smatrane historijski prevaziđenima. Civilizacijska dostignuća poput ideje o socijalno pravednom društvu, univerzalnosti ljudskih prava te razvoju nauke i umjetnosti kao osnove općedruštvenog progresa u javnom diskursu se sve češće se dovode u pitanje. Ambijent za ovaj anti-prosvetiteljski diskurs stvoren je povratkom globalnih ekonomskih odnosa na principe liberalnog kapitalizma (koji se u sadašnjoj hibridnoj formi naziva korporativni ili neo-liberalni kapitalizam) i čija je doktrina zasnovana na jednoj vrsti ekonomskog fundamentalizma, gdje je ekonomska dobit mjera svih društvenih vrijednosti. Ipak, kao i svi oblici fundamentalizma i doktrinarnog tradicionalizma, i ovaj “povratak” na historijski model osuđen je na svoju hibridnu verziju. Naime, svaki pokušaj “restauracije” historijskih modela u modernom kontekstu nužno traži prilagodbu, stvarajući tako hibrid u kojem model-uzor biva lišen svojih temeljnih svojstava. Tako danas imamo: “kafu bez kofeina” (S. Žižek), religioznost bez boga i sl.; a progresivna relativizacija etičkih vrijednosti porodila je pojmove poput fake news i post-truth.”

Ališer Sijarić (Andrea Andrle, U potrazi za savršenom linijom: Razgovor sa Ališerom Sijarićem), INSAM Journal of Contemporary Music, Art and Technology, 1, I/2018.

“The freedom that musical technology gives musicians comes from its nature; characteristics, possibilities, logic, solutions etc. It is not only a performing resource, but also a compositional one; a resource of musical material and the logic of its development.”

” Can the composer’s need for exclusively specialized artists in the field of contemporary artistic music (who equally participate in the composition process) and the need for almost inaccessible music technology (which has the ability to independently establish musical processes), characterize this composition as a prototype of composer conformism in the world of capitalism?”

Hanan Hadžajlić, Composition – Interpretation – Improvisation Processes in ‘X O pt. II’ by Dino Rešidbegović: Comparative Analysis of Two Interpretations, INSAM Journal of Contemporary Music, Art and Technology, 1, I/2018.

“Metal-welded sculptures are also catching on, often inspired by transhumanist and futuristic machine-like themes. One specific haunting image of a robot crawling through water focuses on the dark side of transhumanism. It has been connected to the Bilderberg Group and New World Order themes, and was recently featured by American radio host Alex Jones and his site Prison Planet, which caters to ultraconservatives, religious fanatics, luddites and conspiracy theorists, many of whom who are skeptical of transhumanism and its emphasis on technologically upgrading human beings. “

„On the surface, transhumanist art seems like an oxymoron to some. Is it possible to combine the scientific nature of transhumanism with creative works for admiration and self-improvement? The simple answer is yes. Art is not bound by preset rules, which is perhaps why it plays such a special role in society, and why it has the power to push new movements forward. Transhumanism is also not bound by rules. It is, after all, a movement that seeks to improve upon and move beyond what we know and experience as humans. The creation of transhumanist beings – which we are slowly becoming – is perhaps the most artistic endeavor humanity has ever dared to pursue. Transhumanist art will help guide us to becoming masterpieces.“

Zoltan Istvan, Can Transhumanism Help People Turn Their Lives into Art?, INSAM Journal of Contemporary Music, Art and Technology, 1, I/2018.

“World population growth will bring about changes and create new needs in a society viewed through the prism of capital. Wealthier people will not only buy special kinds of pets – I assume they will also, be able to choose the exact pet they want in the near future. It is not certain that the poorer layers of society will be able to afford organic pets. Of course, even today there are wealthy people who do not buy special breeds of dogs and cats. They adopt. But in time to come, there will be people who would rather buy robots. That motivation stems from a certain awareness of problems of class inequality, but I’m not utterly optimistic that it will come to represent a more significant percentage of attitudes.”

Milica Arambašić, Pets as Nonhuman Animals, Companion Species and Robots, INSAM Journal of Contemporary Music, Art and Technology, 1, I/2018.

The project Quantum Music opened a new chapter in the relations between science, technology and music, leading to the discovery of new sound worlds. Moreover, for the first time in its history, music was offered the chance to contribute to science by transferring/translating quantum experiments to our audible world. Our long-term goal is to continue to popularize the new hybrid keyboard instrument, the soundbank of quantum sounds and the new music genre to the widest possible audience, but also to further the educational side of the project and to expand and intensify our collaboration with prestigious institutions and individuals in the fields of science, arts and technology worldwide.

Ivana Medić, ‘Quantum Music’, International interdisciplinary project (2015 – 18), ‘Creative Europe’, EACEA (559695-CREA-1-2015-1-RS-CULT-COOP1), INSAM Journal of Contemporary Music, Art and Technology, 1, I/2018.

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