SENSORY ANTHROPOLOGICAL URBAN MEMORY PROJECT
[2019 - ongoing]
Visualizing Memory is an ongoing project that seeks to explore the multi-facetted and multi-layered landscape of urban memory in the post-socialist space. The project is conducted by the NIDID members Lilit Dabagian, Media Researcher at the University of Central Asia, and David Leupold, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan.
In May 2018, the first pilot project VISUALIZING BISHKEK | БИШКЕКТИ ВИЗУАЛДАШТЫРУУ was launched to shed light on urban sites that tell new and fascinating counter-narratives on the history of Kyrgyzstan’s capital. Graciously hosted at the art space of Laboratory Ci, an introductory workshop brought together participants from extremely diverse occupational backgrounds interested in the topic – ranging from urban photographers, anthropologists and historians to marketing specialists and journalists.
Please also check out our NIDID media library for the Visualizing Bishkek project journal.
In times of rising populist movements and increasing socioeconomic inequality, we bring together a variety of perspectives to develop and implement ideas to disrupt the imbalances, defuse ethnically-framed conflicts and foster an environment of sustainable and responsible development on a local and global scale. In order to achieve these goals, we came together 2016 in Berlin to found the non-profit NGO NIDID - new ideas for development identity and democracy (e.V.). NIDID bridges across civic activism, social science, human geography as well as media and art, employing novel, state-of-the-art visualization formats that make the output of their projects mind-provoking and accessible to diverse audiences.
NEW IDEAS FOR DEMOCRACY: We stand for an open environment of debate and seek to counteract societal polarization in times of rising populism, political apathy and digital 'echo-chambers' by providing a platform where opposing views can enter into a constructive debate. We seek to foster a open-ended societal dialogue on how to come to terms with the memory wars of the past, cope with the challenges of the present and envision a sustainable societal model for the future.
NEW IDEAS FOR IDENTITY: We stand for an up-to-date concept of identity that recognizes the plurality, dynamism and organic fluidity of contemporary society. Inspired by the idea of the willensnation we understand society based on the priniple of voluntarism as a consciously-desired community of solidarity forged among fellow-citizens across ethnically framed boundaries.
NEW IDEAS FOR DEVELOPMENT: We stand for a critical engagement with hegemonic ideas of economic development to forge a novel developmental paradigm capable of better addressing the pressing socio-political, economic and ecological challenges of our century - an economic development guided by principles of social justice that strives for a dignified life for everyone and the genuine self-development of each and every individual in a world of limited resources.
While firmly rooted in the local Kiez culture of Berlin's multi-facetted districts Wedding and Kreuzberg, our regional expertise and personal experience transcends the local, extending to a variety of diverse geographies across the globe such as Southeastern Europe, the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
WHO WE ARE
c/o bUm - betterplace Umspannwerk
1. Chairman: David Leupold
2. Chairman: Oliver Müser
Treasurer: Fabian Täniges
Clerk: Radostina Bratanova
Steuernummer: 27/675/58448 F136
Finanzamt für Körperschaften I
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