The House of Drafts: A Bosnian-American Web Collaboration

Burning Sarajevo Library


House of Drafts/ Dom Promaha is a virtual apartment building inhabited by the imaginary characters created by eight Bosnian and two American media artists.  Our characters have refused the opportunities of exile and instead have chosen to stay in Sarajevo.  We invite you to enter this apartment building through our website or by watching the tape as a way of meeting the characters who live here.

This building relies on an architecture comprised of images, sounds and text.  The project as a whole is shaped by our autobiographical experiences as they are filtered through poetic reflections, original music, and video.  From a performance artist who moonlights as a de-miner, to a cinematographer who uses his camera to turn a decaying Sarajevo into a bustling Bangkok, to a traveler caught by the inferno of a burning library  — the website and corresponding video represent our ruminations on a city and its inhabitants during and after a period of war.  On the website you are invited not only to enter and explore our House of Drafts but also to participate by leaving your own writing and images on the walls of the space.

Created by Jeanne C. Finley (San Francisco) and Lynne Sachs (New York) with the participation of Larisa Hasanbegovic, Adla  Isanovic, Timur Makarevic, Tvico Muhidin, Alma Suljevic and  Enes Zlater (Sarjevo, Bosnia Herzogovina).

Web site consultation and development donated by Teri Rueb.

Supported by ArtsLink, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, the Sarajevo Center for Contemporary Art and Women Make Movies. The House of Drafts videotape is available by contacting either Jeanne or Lynne by email through the site address.

Lynne Sachs and Jeanne Finley in workshop

Jeanne Finley and Lynne Sachs in Sarajevo

Jeanne Finley in Sarajevo Media workshop