The Next Monument
Amsterdam, February 2014
Are monuments only records of recorded histories? How can they act as a prompts for on-going reflection? Could a traditional monument be the starting point for individual commemoration? Does a memorial have to be fashioned out of bronze or marble to make a significant impression on our psyche? [James Young]
Beyond the monument
@ Gerhard Hofland gallery
In response to some of these questions, and in collaboration with the coordinators of the M4 gastatelier, Gennaro Postiglione/POLIMI will host an evening of discussion guided by specialists in the fields of archaeology, art, anthropology and history, from in and around Amsterdam at Gerhard Hofland gallery. During the talks, invited guests will be asked to present (up a max to 5 min) their responses to the concept of “The next Monument”, followed by feedback from the audience and further conversations.
The Jewish Resistance Monument revisited
11:00-15:00 / 18:00-21:00
@ Amstel 41 gallery
The discussion at Gerhard Hofland gallery acts as a precursor to the installation developed as a collective art work by Mikel van Gelderen, Marianne Theunissen, Gennaro Postiglione, Jeroen Werner and Jurjen Zeinstra (with the collaboration of the historian Loes Gompes and the Jewish Historical Museum) which will be on show at Amstel 41 gallery the 22nd, 23rd and the 25th of February (in occasion of the celebrations of the Jewish Resistance and of the February strike).
For more details, download the press release or browse in the The Book of Fragments
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In the framework of REcall project, POLMI team has started an Artists Residences in Amsterdam, c/o the Artists’ Collective Tetterode which three/four times per year set out a Call for Artist Residence project. POLIMI got the term 01NOV2013-28FEB2014.
The programme is to develop other design experiments and researches within REcall ideas & goals, working on Amsterdam “WWII Places&Memories” involving artists from the Tetterode Collective to challenge the difficult heritage of the city.
Here is the general programme for the Residency:
WWII Resistance had different variations that were less evident, less striking, than those that marked the great and truly fundamental actions of war and guerrilla of the armed formations. These variations were “Minor” Resistances that acted through single sabotage events, actions of disturbance or simply of rejection of the oppression, led out by a single individual or by unexpected and unorganized groups, but that did in fact contribute to Italy’s liberation and to the diffusion of the idea of opposition as a possibility. Almost always, these actions are remembered as a localized trauma, known to few, neglected or even erased by the official celebrations and hence hidden from common knowledge. In the places where these actions took place, there is no trace of past events and if there is some mention of it, it is mostly a manifestation of a mute (and in no way shared) rhetoric.
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