“Doing Memory” Art, Research and the Politics of Memory and History



13/06/2013 – 15/06/2013

Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien),

Schillerplatz 3, 1010 Vienna,

Aktzeichensaal, Souterrain, S05a


The art-research conference “Doing Memory” examines artistic practices in the context of the politics of memory and visual research, primarily in Austria and Israel. Artists, researchers, theoreticians and curators will present case studies in the format of intimate, yet public dialogues. They will examine together the way local politics of memory and history are represented, constructed, neglected and also interlinked with each other. These dialogues are aimed at developing an understanding of what kind of knowledge is produced in such practices.

The conference is produced in the framework of “MemScreen”, a project fi nanced by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), art-based research program (PEEK) 2011 – 2013 and is located at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.



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Thursday, 13/06/2013

“Private Practices of Memory: The Construction of Biographies and Families.”
09:00 am
09:15 am
Greeting and program
Karin Schneider, project MemScreen
09:30 am
Opening speech Eva Blimlinger, rector of the Academy of
Fine Arts, Vienna
09:45 am – 11:30am
Better than the Real Thing
Discussing History with Justine Frank, Maxim Komar-Myshkin and others
Roee Rosen (artist) and Niko Wahl (curator)
11:45 am – 01:30 pm
Album as Testimony Political Dimensions of Private Commemoration
Vida Bakondy (historian) and Marianne Hirsch (visual theoretician)
02:30 pm – 04:15 pm
The Production of Ideologies in the Frame of the Family
Friedemann Derschmidt (artist) and Thomas Mayer (historian)
04:30 pm – 05:30 pm
Reflections and reactions
Udi Edelman (curator); Elisabeth v. Samsonow (philosopher)

Friday, 14/06/2013

“The Politics of Memory: Repression and Representation of Histories.”
09:00 am
09:30 am – 11:15 am
From Memory to Memorial Practices of Soldiers’ Commemoration in Israel and Austria
Laliv Melamed (visual researcher) and Heidemarie Uhl (historian)
11:30 am – 01:15 pm
What Remains – The Nearly Seamless Continuity of Racism and the Persecution of the Roma
Ari Joskowicz (historian) and Marika Schmiedt (artist)
02:30 pm – 04:15 pm
Voluntary Participation – Representation of Civil Society through Group Portrait Photography
Tal Adler (artist), Karin Schneider (art mediator) and Emma Tarlo (social anthropologist)
04:30 pm – 05:00 pm
Reflections and reactions
Luisa Ziaja (curator)

Saturday, 15/06/2013

“Local Politics of History and Identity: The Problem of Translation.”
09:30 am – 12:00 pm
Politics of history tour in Vienna
01:00 pm – 02:45 pm
Heritage at the Margins
Yochai Avrahami (artist) and Yifat Gutman (sociologist)
03:00 pm – 04:00 pm
Oriental Bavarian
Haim Ben Shitrit (artist)
04:00 pm – 05:45 pm
Double Talk in Context
Tomer Gardi (writer) and Doron Rabinovici (writer)
06.00 pm – 07:00 pm
Reflections and reactions
Alka Pande (curator); Cathérine Hug (curator)


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