Balkanising Taxonomy

Milic, Nela. 2012. 'Balkanising Taxonomy'. In: Goldsmiths Annual Postgraduate Poster Competition. Goldsmiths, United Kingdom. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Serbian upraising in '96/'97 was an attempt to overthrow dictatorship of then president Milosevic after he annulled elections because of the victory of the opposition party. Ashamed by the unsuccessful outcome of their protest and subsequent disappointment with political progress in the state, the people of Belgrade have never produced an archive of photos, banners and graffiti which emerged during these demonstrations.

The narratives of this event have been locked within the community and there are only odd visual references neglected in people’s houses. My research generates them through interviews and object elicitation that look at the uprising by analyzing the accumulated historic relics.

Presented in sections of the online archive (dates, artists, routes) with display of art formats (poems, photos, quotes) and a feature for uploading comments and objects from the public, this overview of cultural, political and social circumstances within which the protest’s artwork was produced will reveal how this material influenced the actions of the citizens.

My project is the archive of that event - a website of images, leaflets, badges, flags, vouchers, cartoons, crochets, poems etc, an online record of the elucidated protest available to the participants, scholars and the public. My theoretical tools are Bernard Stiegler’s analysis of the image, Walter Benjamin’s notions of the archive, Maria Todorova’s positioning of the Balkans, Jose Van Dijk’s digital memory investigations and Alain Badiou’s interrogation of the event…

The purpose of the project is to develop a storage of cultural memory, a prototype for encouragement of archive as activism. It is set to awake the personal as part of the community, to acknowledge every contribution and to break with conforming to yet another regime - fitting to a liberal framework, following a democratic agenda, developing European standards – a prospect aggressively imposing on Serbia since “the fall of communism”...

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4 May 2012Completed

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Goldsmiths, United Kingdom

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11 May 2012 14:37

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21 Jul 2017 14:22


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