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about the projects
Since 1997 we worked under the label memoryPROJECTS. memoryPROJECTS is a museum without a building and without a fixed place. It invades the public space. But memoryPROJECTS implies the tasks of a normal museum: finding/collecting, preserving/archiving, presenting/communicating. It is also an artistic intervention, which came over the remembrance and the memory of the spectator. memoryPROJECTS is a work-in-progress.
Photographs which can be found in drawers, garrets and shoe-boxes are in the most cases the basic materials for the projects of memoryPROJECTS. A photographic universe of the private histories and biographies. Collecting narratives in context with the pictures the silent world of anonymous photographs gets back the history narrated by the collective. Remembrances get visible - pictures get their history. Thinking and remembering in different contexts also means, that everybody tells different stories - different histories. The main idea of our project is, to provoke people to tell their history - or to tell what they are thinking about this history. Since the beginning memoryPROJECTS got more than 250 texts/memories.
With the Internet it is possible to bridge the gap between space and time. Anonymous photos can be liberated of their own privacy and become so public documents of a universal history.
In the 19th century existed a civil servant in England which had the title "remembrancer". This was the euphemistic word for a debt collector. He was obliged to remind people about things what they want to forget. To work as a remembrancer is one of the important tasks of an artist. In this sense we see us as remembrancers, who want to awake the repression.
memoryPROJECTS is a work in progress in various forms:
As the pilot-project
Museum of Remembrances - European Version we published in 1997
14 anonymous, found photographs in the Internet: http://www.memoryprojects.at/
/europa/index.htm. Visitors of the Internet-site were invited to add
their memories and texts as captions to the photographs or send in photos.
This WEB-site took part at the Ostranenie97 - the Bauhaus-Festival in
Dessau/Germany and at ciber@rt Festival in Valencia/Spain also 1997. Museum
of Remembrances got a Web Book award 1998.
In 2001 memoryPROJECT was invited to participate at FILEFESTIVAL in Sao Paulo
During the art project
SOHO in Ottakring in Vienna 2002 the project Brunnenviertel Photo Album
had been done in May and June 2002.
For Kulturherbst 2006 (Austrian Televioson Company/Burgenland) the 2 projector-video-installation "Images in Transition" was developed. THis project was also presneted during Dichter Herbst/Intense Autumn in Vienna. From the 9th of May untill the 4th of June 2006 the installation TransitTriest was at Molo Audace in Triest. and during SOHO in Ottakring 2007 at Yppenplatz in Vienna.
We invite you to participate at our project Museum of Remembrances. Konstruktion > 1 - 4
Since november 2009
our new project Namen Erinnern/Recall
Names is online.