European Spaces of Culture

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Archipelago [ˌɑːkɪˈpeləɡəʊ] - a transnational archive platform for public space

2022 marked the anniversary of the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1992 which was a result of and led to a series of separate but related wars on its territory from 1991 to 2001. In the realm of wars, ethnic nationalist interpretations of history formed their war-mongering propaganda, which encouraged war crimes up to and including genocide.

[ˌɑːkɪˈpeləɡəʊ] is a transnational site-specific archival platform for public space in the post-Yugoslav space that brings together war document collections. Thirty years after the wars that led to and followed the break-up of Yugoslavia, many dedicated archival initiatives collectively offer a rich multi-perspective view of the recent history of the region. But they rarely come together and often struggle with repression in their respective local contexts.

This is where [ˌɑːkɪˈpeləɡəʊ] comes in, turning a smartphone into an easily accessible archaeological device independent of local political restrictions while bringing together a multitude of archival voices. Historical audio-visual documents tagged with GPS data will be available via an augmented reality (AR) app. Diverse archival holding can be made topographically and interactively accessible at places they are linked to and encountered in a low-threshold way.

The digital art and research project connects different archival initiatives exploring the technology of AR as hands-on participatory archival practices within the post-Yugoslav space. It will introduce a carefully curated multi-perspective view of the region’s recent history that encourages audience interaction via a mobile AR app, a website archive as well as accompanying public events such as exhibitions, workshops, and film screenings in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, and Croatia as well as internationally as part of its dissemination strategy.

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