Memorial to the Murdered Memorial to the Murdered Jews of EuropeJews of Europe
Memorial to Homosexuals Memorial to Homosexuals Persecuted under NazismPersecuted under Nazism
What is Missing?What is Missing?
Visitor must be a participant, not just as an observer.
Involvement must be phenomenologically driven, not ocularcentric
Openness of narration/meaning
Topographic (landscape), rather than monumental (objective)
Multiplicity rather than singularity Holocaust memorial - arbitrary number of stellae Stolpersteine - uncoordinated, installation is unravelling Gay Memorial - metonymic, one couple for countless
Timing: Reanimation at particular times?
According to an algorithm?
Memory/Forgetting are not politically neutral
A memorial is not some sacred space outside of politics.
It is the dirty space where politics are enacted. The very concretion of politics and events that were political.
Memorials Sacred : Abject ?
Remembering/Forgetting are not separate activities (not a binary)
Neither is ever complete: never oblivion or total recall
Palimpsest - partial, layered residue Not erasure - mutability
Unpredictable, organic process