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Announcement of interesting Croatian Publication

Suzana Marjanić: Kronotop hrvatskoga performansa: od Travelera do danas. Zagreb: Udruga Bijeli val, Institut za etnologiju i folkloristiku, Školska knjiga, 2014. (In Croatian)

The Chronotope of Croatian Performance Art: from Traveleri to the Present Day (Kronotop hrvatskoga performansa: od Travelera do danas) covers the life of performance art in Croatia from two standpoints: the avant-garde from the early 1920s (e.g. the group of high-school students Traveleri, who, among other things, performed street actions by subversively greeting horses, and not coach drivers or noble passengers) and the conceptual groups from the 1960s and 1970s when performance art in was initiated by its originators, Tomislav Gotovac, Sanja Iveković, Vlasta Delimar etc. Art historian Ješa Denegri wrote in the catalogue of the exhibition New Art Practice 1966–1978 that activities within the former Yugoslavia were so intensive at the time that they were even then difficult to register and catalog. With their performing concepts they were highly influential (Gotovac’s work greatly inspired Marina Abramović as she has repeatedly emphasized).

Presented according to the performance centers (Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Pula – Labin, Rijeka, Osijek, Varaždin…) the author decided not to use the possible subtitle “history of Croatian performance art”, but the (Bakhtinian) collocation “chronotope of Croatian performance art”. In its temporal narrative, social and political changes which follow through the book [monarchist – The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes/ The Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1918-1939); socialist – Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1945-1991); democratic – Republic of Croatia (1991- ), and entering the European Union in 2013] created unique context for development of performance arts and their themed repertoire; from turning upside-down the norms of aristocratic class in its decline, rebellion against communist regime oppression, fights for the feminist movement, sexual rights battles and finally activism and a harsh critique of neo-liberal consumerist society.

Each chapter of the book begins with a theoretical background followed by interviews with individual performance artists as well as actors, musicians, theoreticians, and art historians. This part of the book keeps up with the chronology through the living words of its protagonists. The book consists of 15 chapters, 3 forewords, a timeline, 149 interviews, 1860 photographs… 2096 pages!

Beautifully designed and conceptually crafted as the book-altar for artists whose art clashed with all ideologies.



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The Newly Available Online Core List of Architecture Resources (AASL)

The Newly Available Online Core List of Architecture Resources / by Barbara Opar

Want to check your library collection for core reference works? Not familiar with the discipline and need to quickly see what resources are considered basic to the field? The Association of Architecture School Librarians has made freely available in an online format such a list of core architecture resources. The list can be accessed at

AASL members previously compiled a core list of architecture periodicals and will be revising it soon. This new list provides an additional aid to librarians, especially those less familiar with architectural librarianship.

Several years ago, Kathy Edwards (Clemson University), Janine Henri (University of California, Los Angeles), Barbara Opar (Syracuse University), and Amy Trendler (Ball State University) took the initiative to begin developing a core reference list for architecture based on discussion which took place at the AASL annual meeting. The AASL Executive Board then made this an official AASL Task Force and charged the group to:

  1. Identify the categories of core reference resources needed in libraries supporting accredited architecture degrees in North America
  2. Develop a list of core resources needed for each category
  3. Recommend appropriate updating cycle and format
  4. Advocate with NAAB and other appropriate groups for endorsement of the core reference works list
  5. Disseminate information about the list to allied organizations

Task force members first identified the most essential categories and then began developing a list of corresponding resources for each category to assist researchers from beginner to advanced. The list includes categories on architecture schools; bibliographies and guides to research; biographical resources; dictionaries and encyclopedias; surveys and histories of architecture; special collections; guides to architectural styles; indexes and databases and finally visual resources. Because architecture is also heavily reliant on technical resources, other categories include building codes and regulations; cost estimating; professional practice; specifications and trade literature; and technical handbooks/standards. AASL hopes in the future to have this list used in the National Architectural Accrediting Board review process, so a section listing publications relevant to each of the NAAB Student Performance Criteria and related subcategories was added.

The authors collaborated using Springshare’s online LibGuides platform via the Clemson site. This platform enabled authors to enter their specific selections as well as review those of other team members. Overall editing of the online tool was completed by Barret Havens (Woodbury University, Burbank) and moved to that institution’s Campus Guides.

AASL encourages you to use this list, share it with others and send any comments to one of the committee members listed in the blog.