Lexicon for the Provisional Future(s)


Originates from the ability of a river to disappear underground and resurge on the surface at some other geographical point. ~ (it.) carsare; (srb.) ~ reka ponornica. While subterranean it still exists but it’s not visible, it does not count.
 The ability of something to become inactive (freeze, hibernate) during some longer or shorter period and resurge to continue its evolution as if nothing had happened in the meanwhile.
 The imposition of relations to the facts. The ability to flow the narration in a non-chronologic order.

Examples: Meeting up with a childhood friend from skiing after 20 years. We just left the bus-station in Herceg Novi (Montenegro) passing hundreds of stairs to get to the city center where we should find the tourist office with some information about accommodation for this night. Alessandro was telling me that there is one agency 20m in the front, but my attention was drawn by a young woman standing across the street in a swimming suite and a scarf, obviously on her way to the beach. She stood and looked at me. Her expression remitted me to a long, long time ago… But this was not possible in this precise moment of rushing to find the shelter for tonight. At that moment she moves her look in to another direction and I do the same trying to follow what Alessandro is saying. But than just to satisfy my curiosity I turn back again and my eyes cross again with the girl’s one. Now there was no doubt, and I hear her calling me by name – Vahida! – I answer immediately – Tanja! – You haven’t changed anything! – I introduce her to Alessandro – This is a friend of mine, Tanja, with whom we spend days learning to ski when she was 9 and me 7 years old. You haven’t changed either! We stayed for a while on the street chatting and promised to call each other later on to go out for a drink or so.

disko Teutina Silja

Image: The place of the meeting with Tanja, in front of the disco club Teutina Spilja in Herceg Novi.

monument to the victims of Goli Otok ulica zrtvama Golog Otoka

Examples: The official versions of the national histories of ex-Yugoslav countries  – After the brake-up of Yugoslavia and the constitution of its successive nation-states the task of rewriting official versions of its history texts brought historians to the year of 1918 – the moments just before the proclamation of the first Yugoslav federation (SHS, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenians) – retaking the point in time from where the development of national sense was interrupted by the decades of communist ideologies, in which national histories and identities have been suppressed. The engineering of a national identity as a political plan and strategy takes place instead of the development of citizenship identity that was prioritized until that moment in time.

Images: (left) monument to the victims of Goli Otok [a prison island for political detainees in former Yugoslavia, ed.] , 1991, Podgorica; (right) street of the victims of Goli Otok, Podgorica – after 50 years the victims of Goli Otok recive recognition as innocent victims.

Vahida Ramujkic and Alessandro Floris