SEQUENCE #13: sideseeing DIY
Listening to the urban tales definitory for Bucharest, we’ve understood that they tolerate and normalize an imaginary that replicates the well-known formula within the process of writing ghost stories, that perpetuates binary structures (victim-aggressor, vulnerability-force). Imagination is not passive, the stories we tell are not inert and fiction is not apolitical.
Questioning how horror tales could be reimagined, we aim to contribute to ongoing discussions of the futures we co-create through oral storytelling and the possibility of transforming the structurally violent, racist, patriarchal scripts. We focused upon the conversion of traditional eerie tropes (spaces, objects, creatures, emotional states), creating an alternative mechanism related to the world we are advocating for and dreaming of. The sideseeing DIY 2 installation approaches a new method of representation that resembles a museum vitrine display, shrouding subversive layers into the logic of indexing, labeling and making intangible forms sacred.
The installation Sideseeing DIY represents a collaborative work made by members Daniela Custrin, Andra-Bianca Coman and Matei Dumitriu.
The project was co-financed by The Bucharest Municipal Council via ARCUB, as part of the programme Affective Bucharest 2022. The content of this project does not necessarily reflect the official viewpoint of the Municipal Council of Bucharest or ARCUB.