Based on the methodology of mapping heritage in cyberspace, an attempt was made to craft more conspicuous landmarks, to visualise the instant of their making and their lives henceforth to the present, as well as to recommend modern, living hyperlinks that may guide viewers to their augmented versions which include stories, many anecdotes, interviews and similar information. Contexts of the origin of particular non-aligned landmarks are marked with different pins to (i.e. for the First NAM Conference, the Ninth NAM Conference, other occasions or remembrance culture "excerpts"). To this were added also different pin colours suggesting the various states/status of the monuments – good, not good, does not exist, has disappeared, has a memorial plaque, without memorial plaque, location unknown, reparations or refurbishments needed, and the like. Stories about the lives of monuments are like "detective files", while location graphics on the map point to their "health records". Stories, through their social life, clarify the social significance of the landmarks, while the pins reveal their conservation status.
A complete map of non-aligned Belgrade lacks certain information, data and materials, because they had not been found at the time of writing. Fortunately, there is an awareness that this map (like any other map) is imperfect and incomplete. In the spirit of solidarity-based cooperation of the non-aligned world, we therefore invite participants to the process of this map’s joint completion. Perhaps a sense of long duration, search, elusiveness, incorruptibility, but also the joy having resolved a detective dilemma or story, awakens mutual satisfaction that the Museum of African Art aims to nurture. We will be happy to include and classify every suggestion, recommendation, correction and, of course – new non-alignment location. This heritological map may seem complex at first glance, but in fact it is familiar to all of us, logical and strange, provocative and mysterious like remembrance/memory itself.
How to participate?
Fill out this form and send it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org (subject: “For the map”).