Preliminary abstract: During the winter of 2012-2013, a wave of popular protest erupted in widespread rioting that brought down the mayor of the once thriving industrial city of Maribor - and then forced the resignation of the national government. Drawing on an archive of activist footage, 'The Maribor Uprisings: an Interactive Documentary' (co-directed with Milton Guillen) will provide audiences with a sensory and embodied experience of these protests. In addition to situating them amidst the jostling protesters, the film will reflect on the ambivalent and politically divisive questions of confrontational protest and its affects, questions that have been raised with increasing urgency in the 'global uprisings' of recent years, from the Arab Spring, thought the Occupy Movement, to popular outrage against police violence in Ferguson, Oakland and Baltimore.
Preliminary abstract: The proposed project develops an exhibition on shared sacred spaces in the Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. The exhibition features a variety of narratives, personal accounts, newspaper articles and visual material related to the sites, where sharing occurs or used to occur in the past. It covers six religious sites, where both Orthodox Christians and Muslims visit and assert claims. By introducing the places and practices at the sites, the exhibition is designed as an invitation to explore the disregarded communication and exchange at these sites before and after the division of the island in 1974. The exhibition also creates a new avenue for the local people to contribute with their own stories, and memories that could both expand the dissertation research on shared sacred sites and also foster dialogue between the two communities on a topic that is relevant to them in their everyday lives.