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Application Number 0001001937
Author Sovilj, Igor , Bosnia and Herzegovina
Coauthors Salzmann, Michael , Germany
Stroynik, Radost , Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Work title: THE HOODs-Memory Habitats (0001001937)

In science the constant repetition of a negative result implicates the error in the system of dealing with certain problem. If an object inclines to constant break downs (regardless of its ontological „existence“) the system is subdued to constant improvements. However, very few of human activities take into account this very simple logic. The perpetuation of the problem is in the core of the most of human activities, most strongly expressed in those trying to incorporate the logic of science in them like religion, arts, history, politics... Recycling of the Human Memory has been in the core of the progressive scientific development. Transfer of knowledge has always been awarded with some final objective. The most obvious example of how this knowledge very rarely serves to a universal but rather to very localized ends (which is in total contrast to the official discourse surrounding it) are the memorials – the places, so to say, to commemorate the human losses and pass on the knowledge on the pointlessness of the wars with (with no exception) a romantic message : “never to happen again and to no one“. Yet, the perpetuation of the traumatic experience of human race tells us the problem persists and the error is rather in the system. The recent Yugoslavian history and the discursive elements created in the memorial narratives of its peoples and in their „ways“ of dealing with trauma is one very practical example. The Hood habitat is an alternative example of dealing with the Human Memory that, once it can''t be completely erased, has to be confronted with a proactive relation to it and its very basis have to be put in question. In places burdened with great traumatic experience instead of building a monument, no matter how suggestive its context could be and how capturing its architectural assets, we suggest establishing a living community instead, one that would deal with the Past in an organic way and question its very basis in order to prevent its perpetuation. The Hoods exist to resist to the phallic reification of the memory. The HOOD habitats Are living communities that bring swift into understanding the concept of the reconciliation, elaboration of the conflict and dealing with trauma, past and Human Memory. It is a process that also implies radical system approach towards Humankind and organization of human communities. However,a hood has very strict organization based on few universal and organic set of rules in order to best accomplish its mission. The basis of the hoods'' organization lies in the model of social organization of the medieval Bosnian Bogumils. In the hoods people are divided in two equal groups > the Inhabitants and the Wise. The Inhabitants live in couples with other members of the communities. However their community might resemble the classical family it differs in the fact that the Inhabitants do not have sexual intercourse with the person they share the house, but are allowed to engage with all the other Inhabitants, regardless of their sex. The procreation is however strongly NOT recommended, sterilization supported, and if an accident brings to producing the new human being they are to be : given in adoption to the “outer world” or in the Kindergarten, run by the Wise. The final objective of any Inhabitant is to become Wise, which should happen after it achieved its full maturity (not before 33 years). The main task of the Inhabitants is to provide the Wise with means of existence and to learn from them as much as possible. The houses of the Inhabitants are built by following only one rule> the openness, that is crucial for social cohesion of the community. Whenever possible the houses are built in following sustainable construction and household models. In order to fulfill their obligation to support the Wise and acquire knowledge the Inhabitants work both in the Hood and outside its borders. However, the relation to the surrounding community is not only commercial, the Inhabitants are obliged to engage in charity missions such as helping the elderly, poor and all other marginalized groups of people in education, field works, sexual charity missions and many others. The Inhabitants are encouraged to leave the hood from time to time in order to acquire new knowledge that would contribute to the community. Unlike Inhabitants who live in the Open Houses the Wise live in the facilities of the mine, rearranged to be modest dwelling residencies, teaching, conference, and public rooms. Their only task is to work on preserving and elaboration of the Memory, acquiring of the knowledge and passing it on the other Inhabitants and surrounding communities who come to visit their lectures and debates. The unwillingly conceived children of the Inhabitants are placed in the nearby structures, their only obligation is to play, the content of the plays are conceptualized by the Wise who later on take responsibility in their education. Physical existence of the children is solely the responsibility of their biological parents. And while the procreation is strongly deprecated, once conceived the children are considered holy. Once they feel they fulfilled their mission or can''t continue with it for various reasons the Wise return to be the Inhabitants. However, if they can''t provide existence for other Wise they are advised to commit suicide after they close themselves in the crack of the tree in an unknown location. The Inhabitants who don''t become the Wise do the same. The Hoods have no graveyards.