the Invisible is a project of the Federal Bureau of Information (FBI) of the
District of Leistavia. The FBI was formed in order to collate the statistics for
the constitution of Leistavia voting. Leistavia was constituted as a project for
the 12th ISEA in Helsinki and Tallinn in 2004.
use of the word invisible in the title of this project ofr ISEA 2006, is a reference
to the invisibility of certain cultural groupings. For example, at ethnic festivals,
many cultures celebrate their traditional roots. These traditions are celebrated
by the wearing of traditional costumes and the performance of traditional dance
and song. Traditional culture is highly visible on such occasions.
contrast, hybrid cultures, which have cultural influences but often no fixed traditions
of dance, song and costume are not easily distinguishable. If a person has New
Zealand Maori and Scottish ancestry, or Mexican and Vietnamese for example, what
sort of clothing or song is appropriate at ethnic festivals? On the one hand this
is a difficult question but on the other, surely people with these cultural identifications
exist, and are even proud of their heritage.
aim of this project is to give people with multiple cultural identifications visibility.
The works exhibited in San Jose directly examine the issue: what is the difference
between those indicating one cultural identification and those indicating two?
One answer is given by the still images presented in San
Jose. An animation formatted for DVD has been created which shows the individual
responses of participants, and provides a unique sequence of portraits of the
cultural identification beliefs of those taking part.
tips The linked graphics above these words allow the exploration of the
project as it stands currently. The 'Online survey' link goes to the cultural
identification survey form - those with one or more cultural identifications are
welcome to contribute by filling out the form. The 'About' page gives a short
description of the project. The 'Data visualisation' page outlines the visualisation
process. The 'Thanks' page is self explanatory. The 'Leistavia constitution' link
takes visitors to the constitution document, which is outside of the Interrogating
the Invisible project. Links on the left of this page are to previous states
of the Leistavia project and related material, also outside the Interrogating
the invisible project.
note this project uses New Zealand English spelling.