Index of Fictitious Assemblies

 Chris  Miller; Joel Kerner, AIA

Index of Fictitious Assemblies is an exhibition proposal that aims to reassess cultural identity and citizenship within the Balkans peninsula.

Index of Fictitious Assemblies is an exhibition proposal that aims to reassess cultural identity and citizenship within the Balkans peninsula. For centuries, the region has been one of territorial shifts. Driven by advancements of power, religious imperialism, covetousness for resources, etc., this region has been fluidly defined by "short term" borders, sometimes merely political lines on a map that mean nothing to the citizens of this region.

Our exhibition takes the form of a communal table, inviting visitors to engage with the content, rather than simply be passive observers. The components of the exhibition jumble, disorient, and neutralize the identities of the Balkan peoples and territories, rendering a consistent homogeneity to their heterogeneity. That is to say, the exhibition highlights the consistent diversity that is shared throughout the peninsula. We found this to be a light hearted and engaging way to address issues of citizenship and identity within the Balkans region; by leveling the playing field in the wake of complex historical changes in the peninsula.

Thirty topographic excerpts from throughout the Balkans region will become fabricated and displayed as the focal point of the table. Excerpts were taken of capital cities, important geographic features, and territorial borders. The milled topographic pieces are movable, which allows them to be re-arranged into different configurations. As participants move the pieces on the table, they fall below a different set of ethnic, religious, linguistic, or architectural characteristics displayed on the acrylic above. The random assembling of this information produces a multitude of historical falsehoods, or fictitious Balkan identities.

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