Proposal Title: The Hanging Cemetery of Baghdad, 03/18/2008, Mixed media
Proposal Synopsis: "The Hanging Cemetery of Baghdad" is a speculative project of architecture.
In a period of history where most of our experiences are mediated via TV sets or computer devices, perception and media play a substantial role in contemporary world events. The presented project explores a memory that cannot be buried. As a place of remembrance the Hanging Cemetery is an ambiguous space. It does not offer comfort, but rather encourages actions. Displaying thousands of dead Iraqi civilian casualties, the suspended cemetery's growth is broadcasted via TV cameras for a world audience.
The main driving force was to consistently explore, through an inventive design proposal, the ambiguities that surround our current lives, not only as social producers of space but also as global spectators.
Living in a world of images and quick memories fed the concept of an ever changing and up-to-date architectural model. The Hanging Cemetery apparatus in Baghdad situates us in the acute absurdity of an ongoing innocent human loss. As an embodiment of flesh and remembrance, the project puts into motion the imperative task of recalling and acting.
Artist's Biography: NaJa & deOstos is a London based architectural studio that has been developed as a platform for experimental architecture by Nannette Jackowski and Ricardo de Ostos. Their work is largely engaged in ambiguous situations within urban and social dynamics for which the studio explores alternative narrative-like scripts.
Besides being professional architects, they are design tutors of an undergraduate unit at the AA School of Architecture in London.
Together they are the authors of "The Hanging Cemetery of Baghdad" published by Springer WienNewYork in 2007 and are currently working on the next installment of Pamphlet Architecture by Princeton Architectural Press.