in April 2018. inspired by practices of new ethnographic methodology during the class: "Methodology: Research, experiment, writing" at the Department for Anthropology and Ethnology in Zadar an idea for an experimental student project was born. Zadar is a beautiful city with a rich historical background. Located on the Croatian coast it is no wonder that on the example of this city we can witness a strong process of touristification. This process is strongly problematic not just because it is reduced to renting of apartments and selling food and beverages, but also because of the fact that the city is at the same time a student city. The students consequently often face problems with accommodation and are systematically forced to work outside their fields of study, although they could be the leading force of creative development and a new touristic paradigm (opposed to the current one). It seems as if the city is some sort of beautiful but sterile museum artifact, the rich cultural heritage is a thing of the past under glass bells. But how about cultural heritage as something alive, organic, interactive? How do we relate to it at this moment, how does it change, what are the myths of nowness (present), how does it affect us? In an effort to create a coping strategy for previously mentioned problems the project: "Podanci" was conceived to promote the visibility of cultural heritage sights through an interactive approach using mobile technologies. If you are interested in the project visit the link below
The prototype was launched a few days ago with the total cost of the project being 30kn/cca. 5eur which the author paid from his own pocket to protest the fact that students are systematically discouraged to work and earn a living in their field of study and that they themselves cannot earn from their projects but only existing corporations and institutions. This act does not represent the opinion of other collaborators but only the very personal stand on the issue. This is how it looks like now. To check out the interface scan the code below... The anonymously gathered feedback from the visitors is used as a Corpus for a digital monography of affective ethnography. The changing but simple questions posed in the google forms doc, represent a new focus of fieldwork and attempt to deconstruct the opposition tourist/local.