PREMIERE: Music Video “No Man Is an Island”

Vesna Mačković, an internationally awarded multimedia artist whose artistic work is marked by socially conscious activism, has just published a new artwork: a bilingual music video titled “No Man Is an Island/ Nijedan čovjek nije otok” inspired by the Fifth Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven and the novel For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway.

It’s a continuation of the artist’s long engagement in exploration of sound performance, and in this instance she combined the poetic vocal performance with her self-composed music, which has by now become one of the easily recognizable aspects of Vesna’s artistic opus.

The Music video premiered on November 14th, marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birthday at Kneževa Unplugged in Zadar, Croatia, the video showing cityscapes of Zadar juxtaposed with recordings of sea and the artist’s face filmed up close. The music video is also available at her YouTube channel.

The theme of this multimedia artwork is the clash between human loneliness and isolation in the modern society, especially highlighted in the age of extreme conditions as the consequence of the global pandemic caused by the Covid-19 virus, and the human need for connection and empathy with others, a motif already well established in Vesna’s activism focused on connecting people, especially people outside of the expected social norms, leading to them often being marginalized in society.

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