Guide through Virtual FAMA Collection

"FAMA Projects" (originated by FAMA Authors / Team in Sarajevo) are considered the world's largest independent Collection of multi-media projects pertaining to the Siege of Sarajevo (1992-1996) and related events in reference to the Fall of Yugoslavia (1991-1999). Over the years, the collection has grown amidst impossible conditions (the siege and post-war transition), in a variety of pioneering concepts, topics and international acknowledgments. In addition to its scale, historical-educational importance and mapping approach to 'documented documents' and collective memory, the Collection itself projects a new approach to documenting facts and evidence, and mapping-out the causes and consequences of events in a genre accessible to a wide-spectrum audience. In today's world of conflicting priorities, rapidly changing perceptions and unsettling attempts to disqualify causes and consequences of important events, FAMA Collection is in a unique position to bridge the current gap between the need to preserve the integrity of facts and the ability to map-out causes and consequences in juxtaposition with modern times – enabling knowledge transfer in real-time.

MAGNITUDE – FAMA Projects / FAMA Archives / FAMA Collection:
world's first, largest and most comprehensive video Oral History pertaining to the Siege of Sarajevo '92-'96 phenomenon. In total of 50 hours of unedited and 30 hours of edited video material containing 1,000 video interviews with close to 500 Sarajevans – politicians, doctors, children, generals, artists, journalists, teachers, housewives, actors, innovators, and ordinary citizens. It was able to capture their personal experiences and witness to the events from March 1992 to March 1996;

unique compilation of cross-related projects that have tackled the phenomenon of the Siege of Sarajevo '92-'96 as an educational model for 21st century;

The Survival Questionnaire '92-'96 was the first and only survey ever conducted in reference to survival experience of ordinary Sarajevans during the siege. The Questionnaires (31 set questions) provide a unique insight into life and survival under the siege as told by 4,637 individuals from every city district;

first regional initiative to Knowledge Transfer and Truth and Reconciliation process across the countries of the former Yugoslavia;

contains over 10,000 textual data-units in different languages in reference to the experiences and events relating to 1991 – 1999 period;

the 'Mapping, Documented Documents and Documentary Animation' methodology was launched and pioneered in the process of depicting some of the most complex historical events (Siege of Sarajevo; Fall of Yugoslavia; Negotiations of the Dayton Peace Accords; History and Making of Kosovo; Srebrenica Genocide) and presenting them in a popular genre – for the benefit of a diverse global audience;

60 hours of video material: interviews, live video footage and thematic video compilations in reference to the Siege of Sarajevo '92-'96;

contains over 3,000 visual data-units (photographs, videos, drawings, animations, map details, and illustrations) depicting different events and topics: from the Siege of Sarajevo; to the Fall of Yugoslavia; fom the Negotiations of the Dayton Peace Accords to the History and Making of Kosovo, and Srebrenica Genocide;

internationally acknowledged for its educational and historical value as the single and most comprehensive collection of projects tackling the Phenomenon of Survival as lessons-learned comparison to obstacles and opportunities of the modern times.


FAMA Original Projects
Over a period of 20 years, FAMA projects were produced in different formats, styles, applications, design and forms. It was important to preserve not only the original content, but also the original 'look and feel' of each project, as a reflection of FAMA's evolving conceptual methodology.
In case of FAMA projects, the Medium was also the Message. They strived to attract the attention of a diverse global audience by communicating complex issues through unconventional multi-media formats, but without ever jeopardising the integrity of information. Due to rapid changes in technology, as some mediums are becoming obsolete, it was essential to digitise FAMA projects, and present them in an interactive manner by grouping them by year of production: (a) 1990-1991; (b) 1992-1996; and (c) 1997-2010.

The Siege: Interactive Chronology
This module presents an HYPERLINK ""interactive timeline that depicts the most important events, experiences, personal stories and developments that have occurred during the Siege of Sarajevo between March 1992 and March 1996. The user can scroll through a 3D timeline and engage with interactive content by clicking on one of 987 icons. Each icon represents a particular theme, event, topic and/or a personal experience that has occurred within a particular month/year. Such level of interactivity allows the user to visualize how content is spread across the time-line and how it relates to textual chronology. Each icon contains a 'Thematic Box' -- allowing the user to engage with a particular topic in a highly interactive manner by exploring content from different sources and in different formats. Each Thematic Box is defined and guided by a single-interview from the video Oral History, and is supplemented with additional content from other FAMA projects. In essence, each 'Thematic Box' is a mini-educational guide relating to a particular segment of the Siege experience and the phenomenon of Survival.

Each 'Thematic Box' is organized in the following manner:
1. 'Siege of Sarajevo 92-96: Oral History' video interview;
2. Text transcript of the 'Oral History' video interview;
3. Chronology of the Siege text (month/year that is applicable to 'Oral History' interview);
4. Related photographs (if applicable for the topic);
5. Related text (if applicable for the topic) from:
       a. Sarajevo Survival Guide
       b. LIFƎ Magazine
       c. Cultural Survival Newsletter
       d. Survival Map (text legend)
6. Related Video (if applicable for the topic); and
7. Location on the Survival Map (if topic relates to a particular site/building/district)

Educational Models
From the very beginning of the disintegration of Yugoslavia, we knew that documentation, of all types and forms, would play a vital role in the fate of current and future generations. In keeping with our own personal principles, our methods rely on fact, oral history and recorded documentation (documented documents). It is through our unique insight and gift of foresight that we have been able to develop a step by step methodology that 'makes the obvious visible'. Our extensive research logically resulted in educational packs designed for different ages, professions and institutions. As always, we thought that our most important task was to complete our research as our unique contribution to the interpretation of the period 1991-1999, putting this unique Bank of Knowledge at disposal to a wide range of regional and global public, the scientific and intellectual community and the media.

Conceptual Index
This module is designed as a data-base of the Collection, allowing the user to explore content through Thematic Tags; Categories, Chronologies and Questionnaires. It segments content into thematic boxes, data-units and particular time-periods that can be searched through key-word categories.

Oral History
This is the world's first, largest and most comprehensive Oral History collection about the experience of the Siege of Sarajevo '92-'96. It contains 30 hours of edited video material in form of 987 individual interviews with politicians, doctors, children, generals, artists, journalists, teachers, housewives, actors, innovators, and ordinary citizens. It was able to capture their personal experiences of the events from March 1992 to March 1996. This module explores the siege phenomenon on daily basis from various perspectives: historical, anthropological, political, military, existential, cultural, social, educational, legal, philosophical, media, medical, psychological, economic, mental, humanitarian, religious, spiritual, human rights and war crimes. It gives a comprehensive overview of events through contextual and chronological descriptions, and high-level of interactivity which is difficult to achieve in history books and documents. User can select particular interview by narrowing down its search through a (1) particular time-frame (month/year); and (2) Name of the Respondent / Topic of the Interview / Gender and the Profession of the Respondent.

The Siege of Sarajevo Museum – The Art of Living 1992 – 1996 (FAMA Collection)
The Siege of Sarajevo Museum – The Art of Living 1992-1996 project is launching a new way of interacting and learning about the phenomenon of the Siege of Sarajevo by focusing on the Mechanism of Survival vs. Mechanism of Terror. The Museum (to be housed in Sarajevo) will be a unique depository of human knowledge – where human ingenuity, creativity and intelligence were captured amidst the urban post-cataclysmic realm. It is a heritage snap-shot of faces and voices that have shaped the longest siege in the modern history of mankind. The objective is to bring the story of the Siege in juxtaposition with contemporary events, obstacles, fears and aspirations by mapping-out the facts, evidences, causes and consequences as educational reflections for 21st century. As such, the Museum aims to become a symbol and a monument to Human Mind – Achievement – Survival - Creativity – Ingenuity that was unveiled by Sarajevans during the four years of multi-level terror for the benefit of a global audience. This module provides a background to the project – depicting chronological evolution of the concept from its pioneering steps in 1992 with launch of Survival Art Museum until present; it showcases conceptual and architectural solutions; and provides progress update.

FAMA Collection would like to invite users to share stories and memories pertaining to the Siege of Sarajevo 1992-1996 experience: How did you Survive? iReport is an invitation to users to be a part of Virtual FAMA Collection and the global community by sharing their stories and experiences defined by Survival during the Siege of Sarajevo '92-'96. By looking at stories from different angles, and by overlaying those experiences on top of our Sarajevo Survival Map, it will give us a deeper understanding how different people have experienced and survived similar events.