Art installation Sarajevo (2018).

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Outside, the life continued:

The day after the flame of the 1992 Summer Olympics was lit in
Barcelona by Paralympic archer, Antonio Rebollo, Sarajevo was

under merciless fire and proclaimed ‘the dying city’ as it experi-
enced the first four months of the siege. After the first days of

shock and disbelief, the siege transformed the lives of Sarajev-
ans into a complex play of survival. In their resilience, they

adjusted to ‘the game’ and played it in the most creative ways
under the least conducive of human conditions. The siege
game became THE reality and a way of living. At a certain point,
it was only through having a reference to the outside world that
one was aware of what that reality was: an isolated case of
systematic destruction.
During the so-called ‘reductions’ (redukcije), the city’s districts
were supplied with electricity for brief periods of time. Next to all
the household jobs that were efficiently done within that short
span of time, TVs were turned on and car batteries were loaded.
Images of the ‘outside’ world would penetrate homes and linger
long after the cathode infusion was switched off as electricity
was cut at the end of each reduction. There is a Janus-faced
character to this ritual: while it was heart-wrenching to realize the
indifference of the world that served as a confirmation of the
siege and the legitimacy of its existence, these precious peeks
into the outside universe were, at the same time, instrumental in
preserving the fragile notion of sanity. In fact, we argue, it was
this infusion of ‘normality’, familiar and reminiscent of life prior to
the siege, that was one of the key elements for maintaining and
practicing humanity in the midst of one of the cruelest social
experiments directed towards absolute dehumanization in
history.

With this installation we aim to 1) add archive media material as
a complementary layer to the existing exhibition, 2) address the
topic of the ‘outside world’ in opposition to the ‘inside world’ and
3) problematize the adopted and commonly used assertion that
‘the whole world watched’ (and did nothing). The latter is also a
commentary on our contemporary context in which we are a
part of ‘the whole world watching’ terror in Syria and elsewhere.
In a world of rolling news and internet videos, are we doing
something? Are we global citizens empowered to act, or cyber
flaneurs too far removed from reality?

Videos used:

Barcelona 1992 Olympic games opening ceremony
Looney toons: Falling Hare
Siege footage
R.E.M. – Shiny Happy People
HRT – Kolo sreće (Wheel of fortune)
Jamiroquai – Too Young to Die
Graškograd (Poddington Peas)
Siege footage
RATM – Freedom
Blue Lagoon
1993 Eurovision song contest
Death of Kurt Cobain – MTV news clip

The process of selecting the videos was done through an open
call. Share your TV memories from 1992 to 1996 on Facebook page Cathode Infusion/Katodna Infuzija and the YouTube chan-
nel.

Concept: Sabina Tanović & Dario Kristić
Manual labor: Dario Kristić
Video edit: Paul de Vries
This artwork would not be possible without help of these wonderful human
beings: Maja Devedžić, Edvard Močić, Darko Dusparić, Amina Omićević, Kemal
Sulejmanović, Denis Vila, Lejla Ramić, Pomozi.ba | source: youtube.com