Partners in the project: MHZ - Muzej seljačkih buna, PAGO COM d.o.o., NOVENA d.o.o.

Producer: Goranka Horjan Directed by: Goran Pavičić Screen-play by: Goranka Horjan Camera: Goran Kuprešanin Editing: Goran Pavičić 3D animation Goce Vaskov Voice: Vid Balog, Multimedia editor: Ervin Šilić

GUBEC TEATAR (Gubec Theater) is a multimedia-mapping created in the Museum of Peasant Uprisings, Croatia has a powerful impetus for using new technologies in museum storytelling. The multimedia combines animation, films and light effects in order to enliven the Monument of Peasants’ Revolt and Matija Gubec and in such a way an overwhelming narration of historic events has been produced abundant with artistic solutions. The historical subject of the great 16th century peasant revolt against feudal lords becomes creatively related to the high rhetoric of the work of art, and a special innovation is the “enlivenment” of certain characters, projected on the monument in one swirl of colors and movements, augmenting the impression of the experience over and over again. Since the 21st century, being the era of new technologies, aims to target new audiences the museum managed to show high quality of new technological approach by relating virtual solutions, works of art, performing arts and public memory, which turns the real historical adventure into a national multimedia-legend.

Chosen verses from the famous Balade Petrice Kerempuha (Ballads of Petrica Kerempuh) of the author Miroslav Krleža (one of the most famous Croatian writers) are interpreted by a well-known actor Vid Balog. The characters mentioned in literature were projected on the monument simultaneously. Later, while reciting 17th century Habdelić’s description of the 1573 peasants’ revolt, in which he delivered the unforgettable speech of peasant leader Matija Gubec when addresses his soldiers prior to the decisive Battle at Stubica, is combined with the projection of the parts from the movie Peasants’ Revolt of 1573 directed by Vatroslav Mimica. The Museum of Peasant Uprisings (Muzej seljačkih buna) is Croatian pioneer of thematic and living-history events. Presentations of enlivened history, today present in each and every part of our homeland, enrich tourist offer, so the Museum decided to make several versions of tournaments, historic espisodes and battles. In GUBEC THEATRE mapping, those museum programmes were used in the scenes related to peasants’ everyday life, their riots and complaints against Franjo Tahy, one of the cruelest feudal lords who was even prosecuted by the Royal Chamber. This part of mapping used original text from the 16th century document kept in the National Archive of Croatia. Thematic performance and projection is made for the outdoor part of the Museum, i.e. on the 40-meter long Monument of Matija Gubec and Peasant Revolt made by sculptor Antun Augustinčić who was famous for large scale monuments (his sculpture Peace is exhibited in front of the UN building in New York). The monument was intended to serve as a stage for various performances from its very beginning. More than one thousand people participated at the opening session and the sponsor of the event was realized under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia, Ivo Josipović. This spectacle was well received on national television and in press. The Gubec Theatre mapping allows repeated performances and besides on the large monument, it can be also shown on the small-scale model of the monument. Various interactions with live performers are possible.

Matija Gubec was one of the most charismatic peasants’ leaders in this part of Europe and, by results of on-line questionnaires, one of the most popular Croatian historical characters ever. His fate served as inspiration to many Croatian artists and authors. August Šenoa’s novel Peasants’ Revolt made the adventure even more popular and turned Gubec into a national hero. He is also exhibited at the international exhibition on the history of south-east Europe organized by ICOM, which is touring in all the countries of the region. The character of Matija Gubecis sealed in the collective memory in the way he was depicted by famous Croatian artists - Oton Iveković, Mirko Rački, Vladimir Kirin, Krsto Hegedušić (painters) or Robert Frangeš Mihanović and Antun Augustičnić (sculptors). He symbolizes a long-lasting struggle for justice of the small man, which gave us the idea and reason to present the story of the Revolt and its great leader in a modern way. Project GUBEC TEATAR of Muzej seljačkih buna won the silver medal at the competition Simply the Best, run by the Croatian Association of Travel Agencies and magazine Way to Croatia, thus showing how presentations of legends and historical event play a significant role in the cultural tourism. Theater received the recognition for the originality of the new content and the first multimedia-mapping in Croatia which narrated historical adventure into a high-tech multimedia-legend.

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